ACF Fiorentina vs Torino F.C.


Serie A

February 27th

Stadio Artemio Franchi, Firenze, Italy


8′ Saponara

38′ Kalinić

61′ Belotti Penalty missed

64′ Belotti

85′ Belotti

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means that Fiorentina remain in eighth on 41 points, five points ahead of Torino in ninth on 36 points.

FT: Torino deserve full credit for their comeback. The visitors got into some promising positions and the pressure paid off. First they were awarded a penalty when Boyé was sent tumbling by Salcedo but Belotti fired the ball against the bar before the striker headed home following a corner. Then Baselli tested Tătărușanu with a tame strike before Belotti’s volley from a Baselli cross levelled the scores. Ljajić then forced Tătărușanu into a fine save late-on. Hart’s saves in the first-half proved to be crucial too as the hosts could have been out of sight at the break.

FT: The hosts had a number of chances to put the game to bed and in the end they were made to rue them. First Saponara fired the ball inches wide after good play from Chiesa, whose half-v0lley was straightforward for Hart, who made light-work of Tello’s tame effort. Olivera did go close late-on with his curling cross but again a lack of clinical finishing from Fiorentina has cost them. It could have been much worse for the Violas had Belotti scored from the penalty-spot too.

FT: So Fiorentina spurn a 2-0 lead in successive matches to draw with Torino.

90’+4′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+3′ fires the ball over the bar from-range.

90’+1′ Close!! Ljajić cuts-inside before curling an effort that Tătărușanu palms away.

90′ The delivery is cleared.

90′ Rossettini concedes a corner.

90′ There will be four additional minutes.

89′ Close!! A dangerous delivery from Olivera curls inches wide of the target with Hart scrambling.

87′ Final Fiorentina change sees Maximiliano Olivera replace Tello.

87′ Belotti wins a freekick.

87′ The delivery is cleared.

86′ Rossettini concedes a corner.

85′ Goal!! Belotti latches onto a fine cross from Baselli to volley home across Tătărușanu.

82′ Chiesa wins a freekick.

82′ Zappacosta sends in a teasing delivery that just evades Belotti at the near-post.

79′ Second Fiorentina change sees Saponara replaced by Sebastián Cristóforo.

78′ The delivery is dangerous but it comes to nothing as Tomović is penalised for a foul.

78′ A Kalinić strike is blocked behind for a corner.

75′ Chance!! The delivery is cleared to Baselli, whose effort is straightforward for Tătărușanu.

75′ First Fiorentina change sees Nenad Tomović replace the injured Sánchez.

75′ Baselli wins a freekick in a good position.

73′ Play resumes.

71′ Slight delay in the match as Sánchez is down with an injury. The Colombian is receiving treatment.

69′ The delivery is cleared.

69′ Moretti concedes a corner.

68′ Final Torino change sees Boyé replaced by Adem Ljajić.

64′ Goal!! The delivery is nodded into the path of Moretti, who hooks the ball across the face of goal into the unmarked Belotti, who heads home.

63′ Astori concedes a corner.

61′ Penalty missed!! Belotti’s penalty rattles the bar before going over.

60′ Penalty!! Boyé is caught by a rash challenge from Salcedo and the referee points to the spot.

59′ The delivery is cleared before Chiesa is penalised for a foul.

58′ Moretti concedes a corner.

57′ Second Torino change sees Benassi replaced by Samuel Gustafson.

56′ Chance!! Tello fires a tame effort at-goal that Hart saves with ease.

54′ Chance!! Chiesa fires an effort on the half-volley that Hart saves at the second-attempt.

54′ Benassi is penalised for a foul on Saponara.

50′ Close!! Chiesa does well to keep possession of the ball before pulling the ball back to Saponara, who fires an effort inches wide of the far-post.

48′ Boyé is penalised for a foul.

45′ Fiorentina get the second-half underway.

45′ During the interval Torino make their first change with Luca Rossettini replacing Ajeti.

HT: The next goal will be crucial and should Fiorentina find it, they may put the game to bed. Should Torino find the next goal they may grow in confidence to set -up a comeback. So will Fiorentina add to their tally or will Torino come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: The hosts will know that they cannot afford to surrender a two-goal margin after events in the Europa League. The Violas will need to be more clinical if they are to put the game to bed and seal the victory. The hosts will also need to be wary of the Torino threat in atttack and be at their best defensively especially after what happened in the Europa League. Torino will need to get Belotti more involved, the striker hasn’t had enough service and has looked isolated for the majority of the half. Torino will need to be more clinical in front of goal and if they can provide Belotti with better service, he will undoubtedly prove to be threat to the Fiorentina back-line. However the visitors will need to be better defensively themselves. They will have to defend better from set-pieces and cannot allow the Violas to add to their tally as it could be three or four.

HT: The visitors have been relatively poor by their usual standards and are fortunate to be just the two goals down thanks to some fine saves from Hart. The visitors did create a few chances since going behind, first Boyé fired an effort at goal but it was straightforward for Tătărușanu. They then had a good chance to level the scores before the hosts doubled their lead when Boyé opted to tee up Benassi instead of going for goal himself with the latter’s effort blocked.

HT: The hosts thoroughly deserve the lead at the break and are rather unfortunate to not be further ahead. The Violas have created a number of good chances and found the opener after Saponara fired home the rebound after Hart palmed away a powerful strike from Valero. Then Kalinić was brilliantly denied by Hart after an error from Ajeti before Sánchez headed just wide from the resulting-corner. Tello then fired just wide following a swift break from a Torino corner before Kalinić fired just over the bar after Hart did well to palm away Tello’s strike. Saponara then went close when he fired just wide on the volley before Kalinić headed home from a Valero corner.

HT: So Fiorentina comfortably lead at the break.

45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ The delivery is cleared.

45′ Astori concedes a corner.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

43′ Salcedo is penalised for a foul.

42′ The delivery is cleared.

41′ Saponara receives a yellow card for a late on Zappacosta.

40′ Tello fires the freekick over the bar.

39′ Chiesa wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Ajeti.

38′ Goal!! Valero’s delivery is met by Kalinić, who heads home emphatically past Hart. It was the eleventh goal that Torino conceded from a corner this season.

37′ Ajeti concedes a corner.

32′ Benassi is booked for a late challenge on Badelj.

32′ Close!! Saponara fires an effort just wide on the volley from-range.

32′ Chance!! Tello is played through on-goal by Chiesa and has just Hart to beat but again the keeper palms the effort away, the loose ball falls to Kalinić, who composes himself before firing just over the bar from a tight-angle.

31′ Belotti is ca

29′ Valero’s delivery is met by Sánchez, who heads wide under-pressure.

29′ Ajeti concedes a corner.

27′ Tello fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.

26′ Lukić is booked for a cynical foul on Saponara.

24′ Chance!! The delivery is cleared and Chiesa surges forward to lead a Fiorentina counter-attack, he finds Tello but he can only fire the ball just wide of the far-post.

24′ Belotti wins a corner.

22′ The delivery is cleared before Benassi fires the loose ball harmlessly over the bar.

22′ Sánchez concedes a corner.

22′ Chance!! Boyé surges forward and can go for goal but instead pulls the ball back to Benassi but his effort is blocked.

21′ Belotti wins a freekick.

18′ The delivery is cleared.

17′ Falqué cuts-inside before firing an effort that Astori heads behind for a corner.

16′ Chance!! Sánchez heads the delivery just wide.

15′ Chance!! An error from Ajeti allows Kalinić through on-goal and he has just Hart to beat but the keeper manages to divert the effort just wide with his feet.

14′ Rodríguez wins a freekick.

12′ Chance!! Boyé receives the ball before firing an effort from-range that Tătărușanu saves comfortably.

10′ Close!! The corner is taken short to Chiesa, whose teasing delivery just evades the head of Kalinić at the back-post.

9′ Ajeti concedes a corner.

8′ Goal!! Chiesa finds Valero, whose effort is palmed away by Hart into the path of Saponara, who fires home the rebound.

5′ Kalinić is penalised for a foul.

2′ Belotti wins a freekick.

1′ The delivery is dangerous but the hosts scramble the ball away.

1′ Astori concedes a corner.

0′ Torino get the game underway.

Team news:

ACF Fiorentina: Ciprian Tătărușanu (GK), Davide Astori, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Carlos Salcedo, Riccardo Saponara, Carlos Sánchez, Milan Badelj, Federico Chiesa, Borja Valero, Cristian Tello, Nikola Kalinić

Torino F.C.: Joe Hart (GK), Antonio Barreca, Emiliano Moretti, Arlind Ajeti, Davide Zappacosta, Daniele Baselli, Saša Lukić, Marco Benassi, Lucas Boyé, Andrea Belotti, Iago Falque


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