Torino 0-0 Club Brugge: Granata Fail To Take Advantage Of Dominance

Date: 27th November 2014 at 11:04pm
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Torino were made to pay for failing to take advantage of their chances when they could only draw 0-0 against a poor Club Brugge in their Group B Europa League match.

The visitors had Mat Ryan to thank for the point at the Stadio Olimpico, the Australian put in a fantastic performance in the Brugge goal.

The home side, who were looking to rebound from a late 1-0 defeat to Sassuolo on Sunday had the lion share of chances in the early going but struggled to make their early possession count.

It was Torino’s 21 year old attacker Josef Martinez who looked the deadliest threat for the home side in the first half hour. The Venezuelan had two good shots saved in the first half an hour.

The game illustrated quickly the gulf in class between the top tiers in Italy and Belgium, Brugge currently sit atop the Jupiler League but were made to look very ordinary by a rampant, if misfiring, Torino

Brugge’s best opportunities came from set pieces, particularly corners off which they created several threatening chances.

However, Torino used these moments to hit them on the counter attack with great pace. The midfield’s rapid drives towards the other end of the pitch were let down by the inability to convert the chances.

No worse than on ten minutes when veteran striker Amauri looked certain to score only for the home fans to witness their man blast his shot hopelessly wide.

The first half showed exactly why Torino are one of the lowest scoring sides in Serie A, although some credit also has to be given to Brugge’s Australian keeper Ryan who pulled of some great last ditch saves.

Giampiero Ventura would have no doubt used the half time period to make an attempt at installing confidence in his attacking players. He would have no doubt been dismayed to then watch as they carried on exactly how the had finished the first half.

Torino had three times as many shots as they’re Belgian opponents but could not find a break through, Omar El Kaddouri watched as a blistering shot from outside the box whistled just past the post on 65 minutes.

Just before this, Brugge made two changes with the hope that they could take advantage of Torino’s impotency in front of goal.

Brugge’s chances all but dried up in the later part of the game, like the first they were hoping to get something from a set piece.

Torino had a corner of their own in the 82nd minute and Amauri could be seen attempting to get the crowd to spur them on, they would have been dismayed to see the resulting attempt ricochet of a Brugge defender and out of play.

Torino had a late chance moments later when they on a free kick and the ball fell to Cristian Molinaro who volleyed it perfectly. Only for it to be kept out once more by the magnificent Ryan in Brugges goal.

The Australian had also cleared an Amauri shot of the line and was to thank for his side getting a point.


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