Torino vs Fiorentina

Match Report

This Serie A matchup between 13th place Fiorentina and 15th place Torino at the Stadio Artemio Franchi started well for the home side.

Torino began the game as though they were half asleep, with defender Lyanco deflecting Christian Kouame’s weak left-footed shot into his own net after only 75 seconds.

La Viola were on top for the first ten minutes having almost all of the ball, with the Granata unable to produce any sustained pressure in the Fiorentina half. As the first half progressed, Torino started to work themselves into the game a bit more, both sides having corners but unable to profit on the scoreboard from them.

In the 34th minute Soualiho Meïté set up Ola Aina at the back post, but the Nigerian wing back headed high and wide. In the 41st minute, Fiorentina striker Federico Chiesa produced a chance, but his tame shot was easily gathered by Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

The second half started in a lively manner, with both teams trading chances, albeit not very dangerous ones; the best being Franck Ribéry’s in the 56th minute. The French midfield maestro profited off a turnover from Belotti but his shot was easily saved by Sirigu.

In the 69th minute, Belotti set up an opportunity for his fellow attackers, but Sasa Lukic and Vincenzo Millico collided in the box, spurning the chance for the Granata. Fiorentina quickly went on the counter attack, but Patrick Cutrone’s subsequent shot was parried away by Sirigu.

Torino came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 74th minute, with talisman Andrea Belotti’s header striking against the goal post. One minute later, Ribéry played a sumptuous through ball to Cutrone, who scored his 4th league goal of the season for La Viola, effectively sealing the 3 points for Fiorentina.

The teams played out the remaining 15 minutes of the match without much drama, Torino’s resistance completely broken by Cutrone’s strike to double the Fiorentina lead. A 2-0 final, Torino now have still not won at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Fiorentina since 1976, a wait of 44 years, which will have to go on to potentially at least next season.

The loss leaves Torino still in 15th place, but, thanks to Genoa’s 2-1 victory over Lecce, still 8 points above the relegation zone with 4 games to go. Fiorentina move up to 12th, and are now mathematically safe from relegation. Torino’s next match is at home to 9th placed Verona, while Fiorentina travel to the San Siro to take on 2nd placed Inter Milan.

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