Torino vs Lazio 1-1: Late PK Denies the Granata Much Deserved Victory

Torino almost got their third win in a row. However, a defensive error gifted Lazio a penalty kick, and Ciro Immobile came through. The Biancocelesti looked underwhelming for the third straight game but again snatched a point out of the jaws of defeat.

Different lineup approach for the two coaches, as the guests have the Derby coming up. Ivan Juric trotted out all his regulars, selecting Tommaso Pobega and Ola Aina over Sasa Lulic and Cristian Ansaldi. Maurizio Sarri initially rested Lucas Leiva, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, and Pedro. He gave the nod to Danilo Cataldi, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, and Raul Moro.

The game was rather intense and emotionally charged, also due to the boos serenading Ciro Immobile. After many hard fouls and sloppy passes, Torino created a few good chances in the final portion of the first half. First, Antonio Sanabria put it just wide from outside the box. Then, Pepe Reina palmed away a point-blank header of the Paraguayan forward.

Pedro and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic came in at halftime, the latter for Luis Alberto, who appeared to hurt his ankle. The Spaniard almost scored immediately, but he could not latch onto and nudge home a low-driven cross by Akpa Akpro.

After deciding the Sassuolo game, Marko Pjaca again delivered off the bench. The super-sub met a delivery by Wilfried Singo and slotted it home from the middle of the box at the 76th minute. Torino pressed to double the lead. However, Pepe Reina denied another quality effort by the Croatian forward, and Koffi Djidji missed the mark with a header.

The defender was an unfortunate protagonist on the other end in the stoppage time. While backtracking, he brought down Vedat Muriqi in the box, who had perfectly shielded the ball. Immobile silenced the hostile crowd from the spot.