Torino hit five past Cagliari

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Torino turned on the style as it snapped a run of dis­ap­point­ing re­sults with a 5-1 vic­tory over Cagliari in Serie A yes­ter­day.

The teams were level on points in mid-ta­ble be­fore An­drea Belotti launched Torino with less than two min­utes on the clock. A swerv­ing strike from Adem Lja­jic in the 11th minute and a pow­er­ful shot from Marco Be­nassi across into the top left corner gave Torino a com­mand­ing lead.

Fed­erico Mel­chiorri pulled one back for Cagliari be­fore half­time with a down­ward header.

Torino scored again six min­utes af­ter the break when Belotti's vol­ley was saved by Marco Storari but Lla­jic col­lected the re­bound and pulled the ball back to Baselli, who blasted it in.

Min­utes later, Pana­gi­o­tis Tacht­sidis tripped Belotti just in­side the area. Cagliari mid­fielder Daniele Dessena was sent off for dis­sent, and Belotti con­verted the re­sult­ing penalty.

Torino, which was com­ing off a three-match win­less run, moved up to sixth.

In the even­ing match Napoli and Lazio fig­ured in 1-1 draw with both goals scored in a twominute spell early in the se­cond half.

The re­sult leaves Napoli in fifth place six points be­hind lead­ers Ju­ven­tus who face Chievo at the Ben­te­godi this af­ter­noon.

It was a spec­tac­u­lar match at the San Paolo with both sides cre­at­ing sev­eral scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

In the se­cond half Ciro Im­mo­bile twice went close for Lazio, but Napoli forged ahead on 52 min­utes when cap­tain Marek Ham­sik man­aged to beat Marchetti with a low drive.

But Napoli’s joy was short­lived as two min­utes later Lazio were back on level terms when Keita Balde beat a hes­i­tant Reina from the edge of the area.

Napoli sieged their op­po­nents for the rest of the se­cond half, but Lazio goal­keeper Marchetti was in splen­did form and saved ev­ery­thing that came his way to give Lazio a pre­cious point.

Napoli's Dries Martens, right, and Lazio's Wal­lace vie for the ball dur­ing the Italian Serie A soc­cer match be­tween Napoli and Lazio

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