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Belotti spot-kick earns Torino points at Bologna

Football
Sun, 17 Apr 2016
AFP


Milan: Andrea Belotti struck a last-gasp penalty as Torino made an unexpected jump up the Serie A table with a 1-0 win at Bologna on Saturday.

The match looked to be heading for a scoreless draw but when Luca Rossettini fouled Belotti in the area as he collected a pass, the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

Amid vociferous protests from the hosts, Belotti stepped up to slot his low drive inside the left post, leaving a static Antonio Mirante livid because the striker had paused momentarily in his run-up.

Mirante's protestations earned him a yellow card in the final seconds as Bologna's win drought continued. Roberto Donadoni's men are now without a victory in eight games.

Torino provisionally moved up two places to 10th.

League leaders and defending champions Juventus host Palermo on Sunday.

Closest rivals Napoli are six points behind, although defeat away to Inter Milan in Saturday's late game could virtually end all hopes they have of ending a 26-year wait to win the Scudetto.

Napoli were given a boost on Friday when 30-goal striker Gonzalo Higuain saw a four-game ban reduced by one match, meaning he will return in time for next weekend's visit to Roma. Napoli host Bologna in midweek.

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