Matthijs de Ligt was the main man in the Derby della Mole, as he risked giving away another penalty and then scored the winner for Juventus.
The Granata were in dire straits after going out of the Europa League preliminary rounds and losing five of the opening 10 Serie A games, their worst start to the season since their relegation in the 2008-09 campaign. Fans turned on coach Walter Mazzarri, while the team was put into a training retreat after the midweek 4-0 defeat to Lazio. Nicolas Nkoulou was suspended, with Iago Falque and Kevin Bonifazi injured. Juve had Adrien Rabiot banned, Giorgio Chiellini injured, but Miralem Pjanic returned after a muscular problem.
Wojciech Szczesny had to come tearing out of his box to clear from Simone Verdi, but Matthijs de Ligt risked giving away yet another penalty for handball. He was given the benefit of the doubt because his arm was low and level with his torso when Andrea Belotti’s header redirected the ball.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s diving header flew over from 14 yards, as did his chest and volley, while Paulo Dybala’s left-foot curler stung Salvatore Sirigu’s gloves.
Belotti skipped past Mattia De Sciglio and pulled back for Soualiho Meite to fire over, while Sirigu got his fingertips to a Leonardo Bonucci header.
There was a huge save on the stroke of half-time, as De Ligt redirected a Ronaldo cross-shot from six yards and Sirigu showed cat-like reflexes to scoop it off the line.
Sirigu was again decisive with a low one-handed save on Ronaldo’s angled drive.
Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench and made an immediate impact. His ferocious volley on a set play brought an even better save out of Sirigu, but on the resulting corner Higuain knocked it back at the far post for De Ligt to fire into the roof of the net from six yards, giving Juventus the lead.
The Derby della Mole was suddenly wide awake. Toro immediately hit back, Szczesny getting down to parry a Cristian Ansaldi solo effort at the near post, then substitute Simone Zaza’s strike charged down in the box by the impressive Juan Cuadrado.
Toro got away with suicidal defending with a back-header intercepted by Ramsey, but Sirigu rushed out to clear. The Granata poured forward and had the ball in the net in stoppages, but only after Bremer was flagged offside.
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