Sunday, May 24, 2009

Genoa defeat Torino 3-2 with late goal by Diego Milito

In a highly feisty match, Genoa beat relegation threatened Torino 3-2 via a late goal by Diego Milito.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side, assured of a Europa League berth, went on the attack from the start but after an early series of positive advances momentum evened up. For much of the opening half-hour, both sides had promising opportunities snuffed out just before the final strike. However two minutes past the hour, Genoa was awarded a penalty after Marco Pisano was adjudged to fouling Marco Pisano in the area, resulting in Diego Milito's straight-forward conversion. The lead did not last long as the host drew the match level eight minutes later as Torino capitalized on lax defending at the back as a long pass into the box was headed-on by Angelo Obinze Ogbonna to Ivan Franceschini for an efficient volley from the centre of the box. The back and forth pacing continued and three minutes after the hour Rubén Olivera struck a free kick from twenty-metres into the back of the net. Only a minute later the match squared as Torino's brilliant striker Rolando Bianchi deftly chipped the ball over 'keeper Rubinho from left side of the box to the opposite corner. For much of the remaining match Torino controlled the majority of notable scoring chances, with both Alessandro Rosina and Nicola Ventola denied at the last moment. Finally with a minute remaining Ivan Jurić's long cross into the box was sent in by Il Principe for a stunning late victory. The final moments of the match broke down into a full scale fight between both sides which will certainly draw suspension.