Sunday, 6 June 2010

Serie B Play-offs: Toro set up Brescia Final

Torino got the hard-fought 2-1 victory they needed away to Sassuolo in order to reach the Serie B Play-Off Final.

The Granata knew they needed to win at the Stadio Braglia to keep their promotion hopes alive, as in these play-offs away goals do not count, so the tie is decided by who finished higher up the table.

Sassuolo gave themselves a great chance by drawing 1-1 in Turin in Wednesday's first leg, but got off to the worst possible start.

Within three minutes Bianchi had rolled across for Scaglia’s angled drive that gave Torino a 1-0 lead.

Pestrin had the ball in the back of the net for a second time, but the referee disallowed the goal for a push on the Sassuolo ‘keeper.

Soon after, Sassuolo equalised to put the tie back in their favour. Consolini’s cross from the right found Martinetti unmarked for a free header.

Salgado nodded wide from Garofalo’s assist, while Zampagna’s left-foot screamer from the edge of the box also whistled past the post.

Torino restored their advantage just after the restart, as Garofalo’s cross reached Bianchi for a trademark header at the back post.

Rossini nodded wide and Pomini had to come rushing out to close down Bianchi in a one-on-one.

Sassuolo wasted a chance to draw level again with Martinetti scuffing his finish straight at the goalkeeper.

The tie was almost all over on 77 minutes, but Scaglia’s right-foot strike smacked against the upright.

Rossini skipped past his marker to fire over in stoppages, but Sassuolo couldn’t get the equaliser they needed.

The tension spilled out with Rossini sliding in on Morello, sparking a brawl that saw the Sassuolo man receive his second yellow card.

Toro will now face Brescia in the two-legged promotion Play-Off Final, with the first leg in Turin on June 9 and the return in Brescia on June 13.

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

Source: Football-Italia

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