Torino move to fourth in Italy

October 18, 2016
Torino's Adem Ljajic celebrates after scoring during the Serie A football match against Palermo at the Renzo Barbera stadium in Palermo, Italy yesterday. Torino won 4-1.

PALERMO, Sicily (AP):

Torino moved into fourth place with a 4-1 win at Palermo yesterday, ruining the Sicilian hosts' celebration of their 1,000th Serie A match.

After Bulgaria midfielder Ivaylo Chochev put Palermo ahead early, Torino responded with two goals from Adem Ljajic and one each from Marco Benassi and Daniele Baselli.

Extending their unbeaten run to five matches, Torino moved level on points with Napoli but ahead on goal difference.

Palermo, who have lost all four of their home matches, remained third from the bottom.

Five minutes in, Chochev met a cross from Alessandro Diamanti for a header at the edge of the box that left Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart without any time to react.

Ljajic marked his return from an injury layoff by scoring from beyond the area, then got another with a chest control and angled shot following a bit of dribbling inside the area.

Benassi made it 3-1 shortly before the break by finishing off a counterattack, and Baselli was set up by Ljajic for a volley shortly after half-time.

Chochev hit the crossbar midway through the second half.

Half of the lights at the Renzo Barbera stadium went out with a few minutes remaining. After suspending the match briefly, the referee decided to play the final minutes despite the limited visibility.

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