Torino hit five past Cagliari
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