Torino vs Palermo 3-0: Granata Start Season with Rosanero Thrashing

No surprises at the Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino as Ivan Jurić’s Torino put three goals past Serie B newcomers Palermo to advance to the second round of the Coppa Italia. They will now face Cittadella on October 19th as the Padua-based outfit defeated Lecce 3-2 in extra time.

It was Palermo’s second competitive match under new manager Stefano Di Benedetto, and despite the scoreline, there were quite a few positives to take from the match.

The Rosanero started the game with confidence and were not afraid to play their usual system of attacking football. Torino had become too predictable in the early stages of the match and they could not pose a threat to the Palermo goal.

Matteo Brunori had the first chance of the game after receiving the ball in the Torino box and then curling it towards the top right corner but goalkeeper Vanja Milinković-Savić made a splendid save to deflect it for a corner.

Jurić’s side began to focus on maintaining possession and stretching the Palermo backline out wide through the pace of wingers Demba Seck and Nemanja Radonjić.

Torino were in control of the pace of the game by the 30th minute, however, they still had difficulties finding the target through numerous blocked shots and missed headers.

The half would end on level terms and it did look as though the visitors were capable of an upset.

Both sides went back on attack immediately after the second half began. Palermo’s Roberto Floriano had the first chance through a curling effort that was once again handled by the Serbian.

In the 54th minute, Radonjić cut into the Rosanero box only to have his shot deflected to the feet of Saša Lukić, and the Torino captain sent a low driven shot past Mirko Pigliacelli to open the scoring.

Radonjić would double the Granata’s lead just five minutes after, however, his strike would be overruled by VAR for an offside call on Antonio Sanabria.

Twenty minutes later, Lukić sent a cross into the box that found Radonjić, who sent a powerful header past the hands of Pigliacelli to open his scoring account on his Torino debut.

Palermo lacked both confidence and creativity in the second half as it was clear that they had lost hope of a comeback.

With ten minutes left, Wilfried Singo made a run on the wing past the Rosanero defense and found substitute Pietro Pellegri open, and the 21-year-old striker sealed the victory with his first touch of the match.

All in all, it was an expected victory for Torino despite numerous first-team players being unavailable.

Palermo, on the other hand, will be disappointed that they did not capitalize on their chances and their exit from the Coppa Italia will give them more time to focus on their upcoming season in Serie B.


August 6, 2022 – Coppa Italia 2022-23 Round 2


SCORERS: 54′ Lukić, 73′ Radonjić, 79′ Pellegri

TORINO (3-4-3): V. Milinković-Savić; Djidji (83’ Bayeye), Buongiorno, Rodriguez; Singo (82’ Lazaro), Lukić (82’ Segre), Ricci, Aina; Seck (77’ Linetty), Sanabria (77’ Pellegri), Radonjić (Berisha, Adopo, Gemello) Coach: Jurić

PALERMO (4-2-3-1): Pigliacelli; Sala (75’ Crivello), Marconi, Nedelcearu (81’ Silipo), Buttaro; Broh, De Rose; Floriano (65’ Stoppa), Soleri (82’ Somma), Elia (75’ Damiani); Brunori (Pierozzi, Fella, Massolo, Doda, Corona, Peretti) Coach: Di Benedetto

REFEREE: Mr. Ghersini from Genova

NOTES: Yellow Cards: Radonjić (T); Added Time: 1st Half 3′, 2nd Half 5′