Preview - Torino vs Cagliari 30 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 30, 2017, 06:50 AM

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Torino vs Cagliari

Torino have received the welcome news that hotshot Andre Belotti might play a role in this match. They have started the season well, but all went downhill after a horrible 4-0 defeat to city rivals Juventus in the Turin derby. Only two points have been clinched in the next five matches, and those were earned against relegation strugglers Crotone and Verona.

Sinisa Mihajlovic himself admitted he was "at the mercy of the club" and anything other than three points could signal the end of his tenure.

Cagliari came off an incredible result last week, conceding an equaliser to Benevento in the 94th minute before scoring the winner right in the next minute!

The last seven encounters between these two sides have provided a total 29 goals. That works out to an average of four goals each.

Bensergi

Match Stats:

  • Torino 2-1 Cagliari
  • Shots: 20-6
  • Possession: 54%-46%
  • Corner kicks: 7-6


 Just as Torino were pinning Cagliari back and wasting a series of corners, they went behind on a classic counter-attack. Diego Farias controlled a long ball and rolled it across for Nicolò Barella, whose angled drive nestled into the far bottom corner.

Rafael flapped a Ljajic free kick round the far post, but eventually Torino equalised when Ansaldi sprung the offside trap on a chipped pass over the top and found Iago Falque to tap in at the back stick.

The second half began in odd fashion, as Marco Andreolli lost a tooth after an accidental collision with Belotti, then Salvatore Sirigu's clearance struck Baselli on the head and left his teammate dazed.

There were penalty appeals for a Nicolas N'Koulou shirt tug on Pavoletti, but from the resulting corner Marco Capuano nodded wide from six yards.

Ljajic should've scored on 53 minutes when Belotti won back possession and Falque rolled it across, but the Serbian fired wide when totally unmarked from the edge of the penalty area.

Ljajic went over in the box under a Barella challenge, but the referee waved play on. Ansaldi curled a marvellous cross to the back post, but Belotti could only nod it on to the side-netting, as he was clearly rusty.

Toro were building the pressure, as Belotti's pull-back found Joel Obi and Rafael turned it wide, while from the resulting corner the goalkeeper deflected a Daniele Baselli cross on to the underside of the bar and Obi flung himself at the ricochet from a yard.

Joao Pedro was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card when he hauled back Belotti on the counter. Baselli really should've scored on 85 minutes, but volleyed wide from eight yards.

There were six minutes of stoppages due to the many injuries and Sirigu was booked for dissent when he seemed to be barged over, but the referee did not give a foul.

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