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Saturday May 6 2017
Raging Bull

Yet another last-gasp Juventus goal broke Torino hearts, but the Granata can be proud of their efforts, writes Giancarlo Rinaldi.

If there is a quality stitched into Torino’s shirts, it is heart. Their fans are most proud of their team when performances are as much about character as they are about talent. They deserved to leave the Juventus Stadium with their chests puffed out on Saturday night after pushing their city rivals as hard as anyone has on their own ground in Serie A this season.

Let’s cut to the chase here and say that a poor piece of refereeing did not help their task. Having taken the lead through an exquisite Adem Ljajic free-kick, they lost Afriyie Acquah to two yellow cards which were debatable at best. Sinisa Mihajlovic was incandescent with rage and the fires of conspiracy theory were stoked once again.

Whatever your view - an error or an officiating assist - the simple fact is that the top team in Italy is hard enough to beat without getting the benefit of any contentious decisions.

Yet Toro fought with every fibre to deny them even after suffering injustice. In fact, it almost seemed to inspire them - in the week of the anniversary of the Superga disaster - to live up to the battling abilities of their greatest ever side. It took a strike of deadly genius from Gonzalo Higuain to snatch victory away, like a knife through the Cuore Granata.

That El Pipita was even on the pitch was a tribute to the away team’s efforts. La Vecchia Signora had made so many changes for this game that she was scarcely recognisable at kick-off. Max Allegri clearly hoped to get through the match without wasting the energy of some of his stars with a big Champions League date imminent. It came within a couple of minutes of back-firing spectacularly.

Juve were good enough before they slipped behind and prior to the sending off, but not their usual clinical selves. A midfield containing the likes of Stefano Sturaro and Tomas Rincon was always likely to be heavier on perspiration than inspiration. The Scudetto spumante will have to remain on ice.

The Bianconeri will view it as a job done, a tricky fixture navigated without defeat en route to making Calcio history with a sixth league title in a row. They have a big fish to fry in Europe midweek, of course. And accusations of refereeing aid are like bullets bouncing off Superman for them by now.

As for Torino, they will feel justifiably aggrieved. It is hard enough to take down Juve without them getting a little boost from a game’s key decisions. They will be raging now - and rightly so - but when their blood has ceased boiling, they should also take some pleasure in living up to all the attributes their famous colours demand.

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Have your say...
We now rob even in Europe. Go stick to your provinciale clubs and perdente football losers.

CE N'ANDIAMO A CARDIFF ⚪⚫️
on the 10th May, 2017 at 11:20am
Is this 'helped' decision is the only contentious ruling in Week-35 that prompted Giancarlo Rinaldi to write with so much animosity? Can anyone of these writers list down all the controversial decisions of season 2016-17? It'll show who got how many dubious penalties, free kicks. Unwarranted yellow/Red cards & who were let go scot-free. We'll find clubs & players who are leading these lists are the real beneficiaries of HELP, yet have audacity to cry foul.
on the 9th May, 2017 at 5:03am
It's beyond me how a "fan" can watch his team lose to likes of Crotone, Sampdoria, and Genoa and then blame the refs for a European heavyweight club's success. Jealousy makes people say really dumb things...
on the 8th May, 2017 at 10:48pm
All ref decisions are debatable especially in Italy. Asamoahs handball wasn't deliberate, so wasn't a foul let alone a yellow card but they get given too often. But if was worth it for one the best free kicks of the year. Acquahs foul was dangerous and since he was on a yellow, dumb. Torino were too emotional, it meant too much to them. They didn't use the heads to waste time at the corner flag and gave the ball back and invited Juve to equalise. Fix basic errors instead of blaming refs.
on the 8th May, 2017 at 12:47pm
Genoa denied penalties against interested today?? Just watching Roma and Milan, Manila's just pushed palletta in the box clear penalty not given, all teams get luck week in week out, it's mistakes the speed of the game, crowd pressue, player pressure, and even when pundits see it back in slow mo they can debate it, time to get over it and accept it happens
on the 7th May, 2017 at 7:05pm
@Forza Inter Shouldn't you be more concerned about the absolutely abysmal form of your squad? It looks as if even the Europa League is beyond you this season. It's funny that you still believe in fairy tales, and all that bull about Juventus being helped. We have, clearly, been superior to every other team over the years. We've even managed to make Italian football relevant and respected in Europe again. Where have you, and the likes of Roma and Napoli been? Exactly! Absolutely nowhere!
on the 7th May, 2017 at 4:00pm
Torino were extremely lucky,as for the second yellow card,the ref made a msistake cus it straight red card,or be judged as criminal offence,one year in jail for that faul
on the 7th May, 2017 at 11:15am
@FORZA INTER: Had Juve finished only their clear cut chances, Torino woulda lost by 4 or 5 goals... good thing it won't have any impact on your usual pathetic 6th-7th place finishes...
on the 7th May, 2017 at 9:38am
Juventus should have finished the game in the first half. Torino did nothing all game and their goal came from a free kick. Juventus missed so many sitters
on the 7th May, 2017 at 8:39am
The second yellow, is often given, sliding in from the side, studs up, crashing through the player, sad the game went that way, but it has, and often these yelows are given, But what is sad most of all is that it allows the usual people to cry conspiracy!!!!!!!!!! well as long as it brings a sixth title I am over it
on the 7th May, 2017 at 8:22am
First of i want to say that i am really sorry to see some idiots defacing a monument of Il Grande Torino's tragedy To all you Torino fans i want you to know that all true Juve fans are with you hand in hand we need to work on eradicating this type of behavior as for the game
I don't condone ref mistakes for any side including Juve nor do i think that the ref made the right decision but i don't agree with this article because it sends a signal to the rest of the world that in Italy mistakes are okay to be made as long as it isnt in favor of Juve! Juve are the best team in Italy so they don't need a ref to make a mistake in their favor! I have a question for you Mr Rinaldi.. "How do you stop a human being from occasionally making a mistake in favor of Juve?" I am sick and tired seeing this type of hypocrisy Hundreds of mistakes have been made this season alone in Serie A from bottom of the league all the way to the top some debatable some indisputable yet none talks about it unless it happens in Juve's favor!
on the 7th May, 2017 at 3:33am
Granata should be proud of what? That the Juve players let them off the hook by missing so many chances? Torino is a poor poor team and today were lucky to get a point. They deserved nothing from the game.
on the 7th May, 2017 at 1:06am
WELL WELL WELL WE THE JUVE FANS GLADLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP IN MAKING US CHAMPIONS FOR THE 6TH CONSECUTIVE TIME. ADD TO THAT THE HELP WE GET FOR OUR PERFORMANCE IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND THE COPPA ITALIA. TO ALL OTHER FANS, SORRY YOU DON'T GET HELP. MAYBE YOU ARE TOO GOOD ENOUGH YOU DON'T NEED IT. CRY WHILST WE CELEBRATE.
on the 7th May, 2017 at 12:29am
Toro always play us tough, and dirty. The first Yellow was weak, but the on second, Acquah got the ball first and went right through the ankle of Mandzukic. 100% a yellow card as the rules don't allow you to clean a guy out just because you got the ball anymore. Champions get results even when they play badly or with a weakened team.
on the 7th May, 2017 at 12:12am
But when Atalanta did those handballs that took away Juve's victory you don't say anything, do you?
on the 7th May, 2017 at 12:02am
WELL WELL WELL ARE WE SUPRISED ,JUVE HAD TO BE HELPED ONE WAY THE OTHER AFTERALL.
on the 6th May, 2017 at 10:28pm

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