MATCH REPORT: Torino 2-2 Udinese

A thrilling encounter between Torino and Udinese in the early Sunday Serie A action sees both sides share the points at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.

Torino were forced into an early substitution, as winger Iago Falque was unable to shake off an early injury, and Juan Iturbe was introduced just 13 minutes in.

Torino’s early pressure in Udinese’s defensive third saw them create the first of many chances throughout the game, with Ljajic and Zappacosta drilling their long range efforts off target.

Udinese striker Duvan Zapata then headed hit effort past the post after being free inside the Torino box on 29 minutes.

The momentum swung in Udinese’s favour and in the 35th minute, Jakub Jankto blazed his shot over from 12 yards after Zapata had a header saved by Joe Hart at the back post.

4 minutes later Zapata failed to direct the ball back across into the empty net from a drilled pass across the face of goal by Stipe Perica.

Andrea Belotti had his drilled header ricochet off the top of the crossbar on 41 minutes, then defender Luca Rossettini had his effort recoiling back off the post just a minute later.

Questions could be asked of Joe Hart, however the first goal of the game scored by Udinese’s Jakub Jankto was a sensational strike that fizzed into the top corner of Hart’s near post.

Belotti tried to get his side on level terms, but again his header at the back post from a in-swinging corner was denied by the crossbar on 67 minutes.

The break from that corner by Udinese was lethal as Perica tapped in an empty net to make sure that Zapata’s trickling shot would cross over the line, giving the visitors a surprising 2-0 lead.

Motivated to get back into the game, Torino were on the front foot and it was veteran defender Emiliano Moretti who reacted first to a deflection in a crowd of players and fired his side back into the game less than 2 minutes after Udinese doubled their lead.

The shift in momentum was back in Torino’s hands and the equaliser came from the unlucky Belotti who finally managed to find the back of the net with a header on 83 minutes after a fantastic delivery by full back Davide Zappacosta.

Torino were not settling for just a draw as they continued to attack the defensive Udinese, with Ljajic having his effort saved by Simone Scuffet after a great ‘one-two’ with Belotti on 91 minutes.

The last chance of the game fell the Belotti yet again with another header at the back post, with the delivery from Iturbe making it very tough for Belotti to redirect the header towards goal.

That is now 11 draws for Torino, the most in the league, as they move onto 41 points and sit in 9th position, whilst Udinese remain in 12th place on 37 points.

Man of the Match: Andrea Belotti (Torino) – The free-scoring striker was the key figure in Torino fighting back from 2-0 down, linking up well with teammates and was unlucky to not score more than 1 goal by hitting the crossbar twice.


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