Torino battle back to earn draw

Fiorentina's European hopes suffered a blow after they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Torino at Stadio Artemio Franchi on Monday.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Riccardo Saponara fired them in front on eight minutes and they appeared to be cruising after Nikola Kalinic made it 2-0 seven minutes before half-time.

But Andrea Belotti halved the deficit in the 65th minute and struck again five minutes from time to earn a share of the spoils for Il Toro.

La Viola were looking to bounce back from defeat last time out and they made a promising start as Saponara scored from six yards out on the rebound after Joe Hart had saved Borja Valero's initial volley.

Kalinic threatened to double their advantage as the first half wore on, but Hart was on hand to deny the Croatian striker on two occasions.

However, there was nothing the England keeper could do to prevent Kalinic from heading home Valero's corner on 38 minutes as the Florence outfit took a two-goal lead into the break.

The visitors looked to get back into the contest after the restart and they were presented with a golden chance on 60 minutes when Lucas Boye was brought down by Carlos Salcedo inside the area to concede a penalty.

But Belotti steered his spot-kick against the crossbar, although he made amends for that miss five minutes later as he headed home Emiliano Moretti's corner from close range.

Sinisa Mihajlovic's side would end up rescuing a point in the closing stages when the Italian forward grabbed his brace, slotting home at the back post from Daniele Baselli's cross.

The stalemate leaves Fiorentina nine points adrift of the top five in eighth place, while the team from Turin are a further five points back in ninth.

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