Torino Triumph at Udinese; Bologna Beat Leece for Thiago Motta’s First Win
Last Updated: October 23, 2022, 23:49 IST
Torino’s Pietro Pellegri celebrates scoring during the Serie A soccer match between Udinese and Torino at Friuli Stadium, Udine, Italy, Sunday Oct. 23, 2022. (Andrea Bressanutti/LaPresse via AP)
Goals from Ola Aina and Pietro Pellegri saw Torino upset Udinese 2-1 and earn its first league win in more than a month
Udinese’s surprising start to the season was interrupted Sunday with its first Serie A loss since opening day.
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Goals from Ola Aina and Pietro Pellegri saw Torino upset Udinese 2-1 and earn its first league win in more than a month.
It was Udinese’s first league defeat since a 4-2 loss at defending champion AC Milan. It won six straight matches but had drawn its last two in Serie A — although those came against Atalanta and Lazio.
Udinese was also eliminated from the Italian Cup by Monza in midweek.
Udinese remained sixth but could lose more ground on the teams in front of them. League leader Napoli played at José Mourinho’s Roma later Sunday and Atalanta hosted fifth-placed Lazio.
Torino moved up to ninth.
Aina gave Torino the lead in the 14th minute. Nikola Vlašić forced his way into the left side of the area and cut it back for Aleksei Miranchuk, who rolled it across for Aina to fire into the bottom left corner.
Torino gifted Udinese the equalizer 12 minutes later after a defensive blunder that allowed Destiny Udogie to intercept a pass and then touch on for Gerard Deulofeu to tap into an empty net.
But Pellegri restored Torino’s lead in the 69th, running onto a well-judged volleyed assist from Nemanja Radonjić and holding off his marker to fire into the top near corner.
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