SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 34 - 28 Apr 2013 (14.00 UK)
Torino 0 - 2 Juventus
Vidal 87 (J), Marchisio 92 (J)
Stadio Olimpico

Juventus left it very late indeed, but Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio beat Torino in the Derby della Mole. They now require just one point to take the title.

This was the 186th Derby di Torino and both sides had plenty to play for under the pouring rain. Juve could close in on their second consecutive Scudetto, while the Granata wanted to break away from the relegation zone. Antonio Conte stuck with the 3-5-1-1 that allows Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba to play together behind Mirko Vucinic, missing Mauricio Isla, Simone Pepe and Nicolas Anelka. Toro surprisingly dropped Paulo Vitor Barreto for Riccardo Meggiorini and Rolando Bianchi, while Giuseppe Vives and Mattia Darmian were suspended.

Andrea Barzagli marked his 100th appearance for Juventus in all competition. Toro hadn’t scored in their last seven meetings with Juve.

Mirko Vucinic should’ve opened the scoring after 11 minutes when he sprung the offside trap, but pulled his angled drive across the face of goal. Arturo Vidal’s header was over the bar from a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross and a Claudio Marchisio curler was beaten away.

Juve started to pour forward, but Vucinic first and then Pogba were denied from close range, as Kamil Glik flew himself at the follow-up for effectively a goalline clearance.

Toro finally threatened after 25 minutes with Rolando Bianchi’s header from a corner and Giorgio Chiellini prevented Alessio Cerci’s assist from reaching Riccardo Meggiorini.

Marchisio had the ball in the net, but play had already been halted for an offside position, then Pogba’s header was into Jean-Francois Gillet’s arms.

Gigi Buffon made his first save on 42 minutes, flying to palm a Mario Alberto Santana screamer out from under the bar with one strong hand. There was a row before the corner could be taken, as both Lichtsteiner and Meggiorini were booked.

After the restart Vucinic’s shot was deflected off target by Migjen Basha.

Torino were denied a penalty in the final stages, as Cerci flashed a ball across the six-yard box and Jonathas couldn’t get on the end of it because he was being held back by Leonardo Bonucci.

Pogba hit the side-netting from point-blank range when he surprised the Toro defence to pop up at the back post.

Juve finally broke the deadlock in the final moments, as Arturo Vidal gathered from 20 metres and smashed a half-volley with his right foot that slotted past Gillet into the near bottom corner of the net. The late goal sparked wild celebrations on the Bianconeri bench.

Torino went down to 10 men, as Kamil Glik – who had already been sent off in the Derby earlier this season – received a second yellow card.

Marchisio made the result safe when Andrea Pirlo’s free kick was nodded back into the six-yard box for the midfielder’s volley.

Federico Peluso came on for the final minutes and appeared to fracture his nose in an aerial collision.


Torino: Gillet; D’Ambrosio (Di Cesare 75), Glik, Ogbonna, Masiello; Basha, Gazzi; Cerci, Bianchi, Meggiorini (Jonathas 67), Santana
Juventus: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Lichtsteiner (M Caceres 74), Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah (Peluso 91); Marchisio; Vucinic (Quagliarella 74)
Ref: Bergonzi

Sent off: Glik 90 (T)