Torino slipping away from Europe after draw at Udinese

ROME (AP) " Despite the influence of England goalkeeper Joe Hart, Torino's chances of qualifying for Europe are slipping away match by match.

Torino surrendered an early advantage in a 2-2 draw at Udinese on Monday that left the Granata in eighth place, four points below the Europa League spots, and on a three-game winless streak.

"Torino has got to understand that it only takes a split second to go from fourth to 10th place," said Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was sent off in the final minutes for protests.

"In Serie A you can lose or win against anyone. We've got to play like Toro (Torino). If we play like Toro, we can beat anyone."

Udinese, which is on a three-match unbeaten streak, is 12th.

Marco Benassi was set up nicely by Andrea Belotti as Torino went ahead 15 minutes in.

French forward Cyril Thereau equalized on the hour mark with a header " his third straight match with a goal.

Hart, who is on loan from Manchester City, did well to stop an effort from Duvan Zapata in the 68th but the Colombian striker, who is on loan from Napoli, put Udinese ahead two minutes later.

Zapata got the last touch from close range following a rebound of a header from Mali international Molla Wague.

"We continue to concede goals on crosses," Mihajlovic said. "We're working on this."

Adem Ljajic drew Torino level in the 77th from inside the area after taking a pass from Lorenzo De Silvestri.

As usual, Udinese's starting lineup featured only foreign players.

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CAGLIARI 2, PALERMO 1

Cagliari captain Daniele Dessena marked his return from a year-long injury layoff in style, scoring both goals in a win over struggling Palermo.

Dessena connected on a volley in the 53rd, then added another goal 11 minutes later from the center of the area.

Dessena joined Cagliari in 2012 and remained with the club when the Sardinian side was relegated to Serie B for last season.

Last November, Dessena broke the tibia and the fibula bones in his right leg. In May, even though still not in playing condition, he came on for the final minutes of a match against Salernitana to celebrate Cagliari's return to the top division.

"It was a very long year," Dessena said.

In the 79th, Macedonia striker Ilija Nestorovski pulled one back for Palermo with his fifth goal of the season.

Cagliari moved up to ninth, level on points with Torino, while Palermo remained one point above last-placed Crotone.

Palermo's winless streak was extended to six matches, putting manager Roberto De Zerbi at risk.

De Zerbi was hired in September following the resignation of Davide Ballardini just two matches into the season.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has made almost 60 coaching changes in 29 years as a club owner.

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This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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