Torino drop points in incident filled draw with Cagliari

Torino dropped points in the second game in a row for the European champions League spots race in a feisty battle with three red cards in the Serie A.

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Torino had come into the game on the back of a draw against Parma with Cagliari on good form after a win over SPAL and the tone for the match was set with Nicolo Barrella and Thomas Rincon booked within two minutes of the game.

However, Cagliari almost took the lead with eleven minutes gone as Artur Ionita shot from outside the box crashed against the post with Rincon responding with a shot that flashed past the post.

Torino had to change their defender after Lorenzo De Silvestri was clattered with a robust challenge in his penalty area with on-loan Chelsea man Ola Aina replacing him on 35 minutes.

Cagliari continued their tough approach in the game with Simone Padoin and Luca Pellegrini, given yellow cards either side of the half.

The Granata opened the scoring with Simone Zaza turning in a cross from a corner that evaded everyone and Izzo at the far side pulled back in a cross into the six-yard box.

Zaza turned from hero to zero with the striker getting sent off for a response to the referee after being called up for a foul while challenging for the ball on 73 minutes.

The visitors took advantage of being a man up with Leonardo Pavoletti heading in two minutes later after VAR determined that he was onside from Luca Cigirini clip to head unchallenged.

Cagliari with a man advantage failed to capitalize with the away side also reduced to a man down after Pellegrini got his second yellow card and Barrella also got his marching orders in stoppage time with both sides consoled with just a point.

Torino are left with 50 points and seventh on the Serie A log five points from a champions league spot and Cagliari are on 37 points closing in on the 40 point mark to secure their stay in the league.


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