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Torino return to Serie A

May 20, 2012

Torino secured promotion back to Serie A after beating Modena 2-0 at home in the penultimate round of the season.

Torino celebrate their return to Serie A
GettyImagesTorino celebrate their return to Serie A

Goals from Nnamdi Oduamadi and Giuseppe De Feudis in either half earned Torino the victory over Modena, which mathematically assures them of one of the two automatic promotion places from Serie B.

The seven-time Italian champions, who complete their campaign against rock-bottom AlbinoLeffe next weekend, have been outside the top flight since being relegated in 2009.

Torino president Urbano Cairo said: "This promotion fills my heart with joy following all the suffering, given that this is our third year in Serie B. I thank everyone for what they did.

"It's a victory for our fans. We will now get to work immediately on ensuring we remain in Serie A."

Cairo also confirmed that coach Giampiero Ventura has renewed his contract and will lead the team next season.

Pescara joined Torino in the top flight after a 3-1 win at Sampdoria.

A brace by Gianluca Caprari and a Ciro Immobile strike was sufficient for Pescara to end their 19-year Serie A exile.

They now enjoy a three-point lead over both Sassuolo and Verona heading into the final round of fixtures, with their better head-to-head record ensuring they cannot be overtaken.

Sassuolo and Verona must instead settle for a place in the promotion play-offs alongside Varese and Sampdoria.