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Italian Serie A

Luigi Ferraris (ATT 20,000) 16th December 2012 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: D Orsato

Genoa Genoa vs Torino Torino

Genoa 1

A Granqvist (29)


Torino 1

R Bianchi (19)

Granqvist salvages Genoa point

Last Updated: 16/12/12 5:11pm

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Andrea Bertolacci vies with Rolando Bianchi

Andrea Bertolacci vies with Rolando Bianchi

Andreas Granqvist grabbed an equaliser but Genoa could not find the winner they desperately needed in a 1-1 draw with Torino and improve their position towards the foot of Serie A.

Sweden international Granqvist nodded home after 29 minutes to cancel out Rolando Bianchi's opener for the visitors.

But Genoa could not conjure up a second, although they did have a goal chalked off two minutes into the second half when Marco Rossi was adjudged to have been offside when he poked the ball home.

Having won just three league games this season, a home fixture against a Torino side who started the day three points and three places better off would have been viewed as an opportunity for Genoa to improve on 19th position and edge closer to safety.

And they made a promising start, with only a fine save from Jean Francois Gillet denying Marco Borriello from the edge of the area. The rebound fell to Ciro Immobile but he shot wide.

Genoa then fell behind following Torino's first attack of note after 19 minutes.

Valter Birsa whipped in a wonderful cross from the right and Bianchi got in between two defenders to direct a header past home goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.

Genoa were level within 10 minutes, though, Granqvist nodding home from inside the six-yard box following a corner.

The only other chance in a disappointing first half low on quality fell to Borriello four minutes before the break but the on-loan Roma striker fired high over the bar.

The hosts felt hard done to at the start of the second period when the assistant referee's flag denied Rossi after Gillet could only parry Immobile's volley into his path.

And they threatened once more midway through the half when Granqvist shot over when well placed.

From there on in, however, it was Torino who looked the more likely side to grab a winner.

Bianchi shot over after 65 minutes, while Alessandro Sgrigna hit the bar from a similar distance 14 minutes later.

And with four minutes to go, Giuseppe Vives' firm header flashed inches wide with Frey a spectator.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 12 31
2 Roma 12 28
3 Napoli 11 21
4 Sampdoria 11 20
5 Genoa 11 19
6 Lazio 12 19
7 AC Milan 11 17
8 Udinese 11 17
9 Inter Milan 11 16
10 Verona 11 14
11 Fiorentina 11 13
12 Palermo 11 13
13 Sassuolo 11 12
14 Torino 11 12
15 Atalanta 12 10
16 Cagliari 11 10
17 Empoli 11 10
18 Chievo 11 8
19 Cesena 11 7
20 Parma 11 6