Andrea Belotti's orthopedic device gives Torino a surprise victory for Rome
ROME: Captain Torino Andrea Belotti he scored at the end of each half to give his middle table team a 2-0 victory to fourth place AS Roma as the hosts lost ground in the leader A series pack on sunday.
The player known as El Gallo, who hit the post from the beginning, shot against the roof of the net at the time of detention of the first half and converted a penalty, awarded after a long delay VAR, in the 86th minute when Rome he fell four points behind the third - located Lazio.
Turin goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu He also played a key role as he made an early save difficult to Nicolo Zaniolo and denied Aleksandar Kolarov & Lorenzo Pellegrini before halftime
The visitors went ahead when Roma fullback Alessandro Florenzi sent a pass straight to a Torino player & the ball was floated over to Belotti who took his time before firing an unstoppable shot past Pau Lopez.
Sirigu made a magnificent save at close range of Pellegrini in the second half, but it was an uninspired exhibition of Rome.
On one of Turin's several breaks, Chris Smalling blocked a shot, but when the defender of Rome got up, he accidentally threw the ball with his arm extended.
The referee reviewed the incident on the field monitor, although there was some confusion in informing the Rome players of their decision before making the VAR signal. Belotti became cold for his ninth goal of the season.
In the other evening game, Genoa scored a highly controversial late winner to beat Sassuolo 2-1 & move off the bottom of the table on the debut of Davide Nicola, their third coach of the season.
With four minutes left, Domenico Criscito dispossessed Domenico Berardi & set up a counter-attack for Goran Pandev who scored at the second attempt after his first shot had been saved.
Sassuolo protested that Berardi had been fouled & were incensed that the referee refused to review the incident.
The visitors were also angry after Criscito overtaken Genoa with a penalty of 29 minutes, granted after Antonio Sanabria fell under the slightest touch of Pedro Obiang.
Obiang levelled with a deflected shot four minutes later & Sassuolo's Filip Djuricic had a goal disallowed for handball following a VAR review in the 76th minute.
"The penalty was scandalous & there was a foul on Berardi but the referee didn't whistle," said angry Sassuolo coach Roberto Di Zerbi.
Genoa, which has 14 points in 18 games, moved away from SPAL, which previously lost 2-0 at home to Verona.