Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Serie B Play-offs: Sassuolo scare Toro

Torino's promotion hopes are hanging by a thread after a 1-1 home draw with Sassuolo in the play-off semi-finals.

The first leg at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin saw the Granata fight back for a late equaliser, but it means they must either win or draw with at least two goals in Sunday's return match.

If that game also ends 1-1, so all square on aggregate and in terms of away goals, then Sassuolo will go through because they finished higher up the Serie B table.

Toro had started brightly enough with Gasbarroni's solo effort saved and a Bianchi header wide. However, on the half-hour mark the defence was caught out by a long ball over the top for Martinetti, who beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one.

Sassuolo gained confidence and forced several saves out of Morello with Martinetti, Quadrini and Riccio.

Torino also threatened in the first half, but when Gasbarroni’s shot was parried, Antonelli blasted the follow-up off target. Salgado was also wasteful on the counter by firing straight at the goalkeeper.

After 55 minutes Loria’s header rattled the crossbar for the home team, while Martinetti threatened a second on the counter-attack.

Bianchi finally found an equaliser with his diving header to redirect Genevier’s free kick.

Torino poured forward in the final minutes, but Salgado, Genevier and Loria failed to get the ball into the net.

This evening the other semi-final first leg will be between Cittadella and Brescia.

[Serie B Play-off & Play-out Reviews]

Source: Football-Italia

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