Date: 20th December 2015 at 8:09pm
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Torino lost at home to a resolute Udinese side in a Serie A clash on Sunday evening.

Torino came into the match with a formidable home record, looking very capable of keeping out a Udinese side often lacking direction in their style of play.

Neither side started the game too brightly, with both struggling to hold onto the ball. It was the visitors who had the first opportunity when in the 7th minute, a venomous strike by Badu was blocked by the the Torino defence, leading to an easy save by Daniele Padelli.

Following this, Torino were able to string passes together and looked to get out wide and press high up the pitch. The crosses lacked precision though and Orestis Kanezis was equal to everything sent into his box.

It was Udinese who had the next opportunity on 15 minutes, with Antonio Di Natale forcing a smart save from Padelli with the away fans already expecting the net to bulge. These two met again when, following a corner, Di Natale’s effort was thwarted by a fabulous save in the middle of the goal.

Torino’s first major opportunity came on 29 minutes, Andrea Belotti latching on to a headed knock-down with a half volley, demanding a sharp save at the near post.

A few minutes later, a corner was half cleared by Udinese with ‘keeper Kanezis fortunate to see a superb snap shot from the edge of the box by Davide Zappacosta going just wide of the right hand post.

The deadlock was broken in the 40th minute when Stipe Perica displayed excellent strength to turn the Torino defence in the penalty box and unleash a rifled shot past the outstretched fingers of the ‘keeper to nestle inside the far post.

An energetic response came though when Pelotti delivered a good ball across the face of goal with strike partner Quagliarella just failing to connect with.

The second half continued as the first ended, with Torino pushing for an equaliser. With Torino in possession, Udinese continued to play on the break with much joy throughout the second half. A couple of efforts were saved from Perica as he looked to double his tally.

The game changed when on the 63rd minute, Molla Wague was shown a second yellow for a push on Quagliarella. Di Natale immediately made way for oncoming defender Ivan Rodrigo Piris with the away side setting up with two banks of four.

Torino were struggling to open up a resolute defence with their best opportunities coming from wide. A series of corners cause panic in the Udinese box but nothing would drop kindly for the home side.

It was Udinese who came closest, when a free kick found Silvan Widmer in the box, firing a decent shot just over the bar.

Torino continued to pile on the pressure, but with nothing precise enough to snatch a late equaliser. The game then descended into a wrestling match in the final moments as Torino became increasingly frustrated. Udinese held on though to a precious 1-0 away win.

The result sees Udinese climb up to 12th with 21 points on the board; Torino staying in 10th, just a point ahead.

 
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