Striker Simy bagged a brace as Crotone finally ended their winless strike with a thrilling 4-2 win over fellow strugglers Torino, who were in an emergency situation due to a COVID outbreak.
Crotone were awarded a penalty when Cristian Ansaldi felt he was nudged in the back by Messias and put his arm up to protest. However, there was no foul and putting the arm up meant it charged down the header for a penalty. Simy converted, sending Sirigu the wrong way.
Toro got their equaliser with the final kick of the first half, as Ansaldi came sliding in at the back post to volley a cross back in, where Rolando Mandragora just had to redirect from six yards.
The Granata nearly turned it around completely, as Federico Bonazzoli’s left-foot rocket cracked against the crossbar with Alex Cordaz well beaten.
However, mere seconds after that, Crotone restored their advantage. Jacopo Petriccione’s effort came off the upright and Simy turned in the rebound.
Crotone were unlucky not to add a third, as Lisandro Magallan’s header from a corner hit the post and Simy was unable to steer it on target.
Antonio Sanabria finally made his Torino debut and Toro penalty appeals were rejected because the ball hit Simy on the hip and not the hand.
There was a similar situation at the other end, Lyanco bravely flinging himself in the way of an Ounas strike like a human shield to charge it down with his chest.
Crotone did get their third with a ferocious thunderbolt from Arkadiusz Reca, who then celebrated with a series of acrobatic back-flips.
Torino do not give up under Davide Nicola, though, and Antonio Sanabria marked his Granata debut with a stunning goal, cutting inside for a right-foot screamer into the far top corner that left Cordaz stranded.
Moments later, it was very nearly 3-3, as Amer Gojak struck a similar effort that Cordaz fingertipped onto the crossbar.
Tempers flared and Tomas Rincon saw red for his second yellow card following a row with Ounas. Crotone resumed play and immediately Ounas hit another rocket in off the far post.