Torino draws 2-2 at Benevento in Nicola’s debut

ROME (AP) – Simone Zaza scored twice to rescue a 2-2 draw for relegation-threatened Torino at Benevento in coach Davide Nicola’s debut on Friday in Serie A.

Nicolas Viola’s first-half penalty and a deflected shot from Gianluca Lapadula early in the second half had put Benevento ahead by two goals.

But Zaza responded with a header two minutes after Lapadula’s goal and then equalised in stoppage time by redirecting a throughball with one touch.

Nicola replaced the fired Marco Giampaolo on Tuesday.

Torino stayed in the relegation zone while Benevento remained 11th.

Torino coach Davide Nicola walks on the pitch prior to the Serie A football match at the Ciro Vigorito Stdium in Benevento, Italy. PHOTO: AP