Torino vs Fiorentina 4-0: The Granata Rout Listless Viola

Fiorentina did not show up Monday, and Torino manhandled them. The Granata picked up the seventh positive result at home, with six wins. The Viola had not lost in five rounds. They stayed at the sixth spot in the standings on a par with Lazio and Roma. They dropped to minus six points compared to Juventus, having played one less match. The Ivan Juric side is not too far behind, in 9th position.

Despite being affected by a COVID-19 outbreak, Torino came out guns blazing, blindsided Fiorentina and dominated in the first half. The only starter missing was Vanja Milinkovic-Savic. Tommaso Pobega, Marko Pjaca and Alessandro Buongiorno began on the bench. Young goalie Luca Gemello made his Serie A debut.

The Granata broke through at the 19th minute. Wilfried sneaked behind Gaetano Castrovilli on a deep cross by Mergim Vojvoda and nudged it home with a header. It took Torino just four minutes to double the lead. Sasa Lukic recovered a ball deep and served a square ball to for the unguarded Josip Brekalo. The Croatian winger rounded out the score at the 31st minute. He intercepted an errant backward pass by José Callejon, beat Pietro Terracciano to the punch, and tucked it in the empty net.

Vincenzo Italiano tried to shake things up by inserting Igor and Ricardo Saponara at halftime, but the tide did not change. The Brazilian defender was caught ball-watching on the final goal of the game. With 30 minutes to go, Rolando Mandragora teed up Antonio Sanabria with a through ball, and the striker kept his aplomb in the box. Fiorentina never mustered a real reaction, and Torino cruised to victory. Dusan Vlahovic had a frustrating outing, as Bremer masterfully blanketed him and his teammates found him in the box only once.