With both sides looking to have settled into mid-table finishes, the first-half was unsurprisingly quiet as well-organised defences dominated proceedings. However, Giampiero Ventura’s Granata took the lead after 50 minutes, through ex-Gialloblu striker Maxi Lopez.
Lopez then broke the high defensive line to add a second and seal a first win in four for Torino, and keep a faint dream of European qualification alive.
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Daniele Padelli – 6 – Restored
First Olimpico outing since the howler against Empoli, with a similarly dodgy control almost gifting the ball in the first-half. Ultimately, was rarely tested.
Pontus Jansson – 6 – Tidy
A good run-out for the Swedish centre-back, looking comfortable and making the odd interception before being replaced in the second-half.
Emiliano Moretti – 6 – Dependable
Put his foot in when needed and relaxed on the ball.
Nikola Maksimovic – 7 – Important
In an all-action performance, the 23-year-old was often the man to put his foot in and win possession. Also, managed to pick up the two assists via a flick header and a hit-and-hope long ball upfield.
Not involved in any major incidents and yet showed a lethal combination of athleticism and technical ability for the whole 90 minutes.
Gaston Silva – 5.5 – Mediocre
In a rare start, the Uruguayan showed a lack of discipline at times – but almost scored a spectacular 40-yard lob.
Giuseppe Vives – 6 – Decent
The veteran wasn’t always effective while offering himself in attack, as he roamed forward, while working hard when out of possession.
Omar El Kaddouri – 5.5 – Impatient
Mostly wayward in attack while he liked to drive forward and run directly at the opposition.
Alessandro Gazzi – 6 – Order
A midfield general, Gazzi organised his troops from deep in the centre of the park and spread possession well.
Maxi Lopez – 7.5 – Haunting
Playing against the side he left in January, Lopez started quietly and grew into a threatening attacker as the game went on. In the end, haunted his old team with a headed opener and powerful second – for which he did not celebrate.
Josef Martinez – 6 – Misplaced
A game of two halves; hesitant and played with his back to goal in the opening 45 minutes, the Venezuelan was more pro-active in the second period – only to shoot off-target on many occasions.
Kamil Glik – 6 – Bullish
Got stuck in after being introduced with a lead to protect.
Cristian Molinaro – 6 – Calm
Came on to add experience after the second goal, solid in defence and attacked freely.
Marco Benassi – N/A