Serie A - Hat-trick hero Immobile makes the right moves for Torino

A hat-trick by Italian World Cup hopeful Ciro Immobile helped Torino beat Livorno 3-1 on Saturday and moved the striker to the top of the Serie A scoring charts.

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Serie A - Hat-trick hero Immobile makes the right moves for Torino
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Ciro Immobile of Torino FC celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Torino FC and AS Livorno Calcio at Stadio Olimpico di Torino (Getty)

Immobile was on target with a pinpoint header in the 25th minute, a scuffed volley on the hour and a stunning long-range strike to make it 16 league goals in 26 appearances and overtake Juventus forward Carlos Tevez (15) as top scorer.

The 24-year-old's goals were Torino's first in four games and broke a four-match losing streak that was threatening to derail an exciting season for Giampiero Ventura's side.

"Not even when I was at Pescara (in Serie B) did I score three goals in a game," said Immobile. "I'm proud to have done it and for all that we have done this season - the team, the manager, the club.

"(Italy coach Cesare) Prandelli knows how much effort I put into everything I do. If he decides to call me up I'll give my all," he added of the World Cup in Brazil in June.

Torino are ninth on 39 points, eight behind fifth-placed Inter Milan, and their chances of European football next season still look slim.

Luca Siligardi's 89th-minute goal was little consolation for a dismal Livorno who stayed one point above the relegation zone in 17th spot.

AS Roma hope to strengthen their grip on second place with a win at struggling Chievo Verona in Saturday's late game.

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