Juventus made history a few times in this Derby della Mole, as Gigi Buffon set a new Serie A record, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first free kick and Torino were crushed 4-1.
The Bianconeri were finding form with Federico Bernardeschi part of the trident attack, though Alex Sandro, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio, Sami Khedira and Merih Demiral were still out of action. Toro, on the other hand, were hovering four points above the relegation zone after one win a draw in 10 rounds. They’d only one victory in the last 27 Serie A editions of the Derby della Mole leading into this game, 2-1 in April 2015, along with six draws and 20 defeats.
This was an historic occasion for Gianluigi Buffon, who became the all-time Serie A record holder with 648 appearances, leaving Paolo Maldini behind on 647.
It took under three minutes for Paulo Dybala to yet again break the deadlock and, just like the goal midweek against Genoa, it was another slalom special. La Joya swerved past two defenders with his trusty left foot before turning in with a slight deflection from seven yards.
Rodrigo Bentancur’s header and a Simone Verdi cross-shot flashed just wide of the far post, Alex Berenguer unable to get the final touch, while Cristiano Ronaldo stung Salvatore Sirigu’s gloves.
Toro tried to fight back with a series of corners, but were caught out on the counter. Dybala’s delightful footwork sparked the move, Ronaldo spread it to the right and Juan Cuadrado cut back past Lyanco to fire the angled drive across goal into the far bottom corner.
Simone Verdi’s strike tested Buffon from a tight angle, then Matthijs de Ligt charged down another Verdi effort and it bounce off his thigh on to his arm. Usually, this would not be considered handball, but as De Ligt’s arm was moving upwards and detached from the body, the referee and VAR decided it did qualify. De Ligt was booked and will be suspended against Milan, while Belotti converted the penalty, as it had enough power to go in despite Buffon getting a hand to it.
This sparked Torino back into life and they had the ball in the net again on 50 minutes, but it was ruled offside. Belotti was already offside when he pounced on the rebound from Buffon’s save on Verdi, fired it on to the bar and then Berenguer eventually bundled over the line.
Douglas Costa replaced Bernardeschi and almost scored 10 seconds later, immediately aiming a curler just past the far post after bursting down the right.
Danilo’s strike was deflected over and another of his attempts was charged down by a wayward Aina hand. From that incident just outside the D, Ronaldo made history of his own, scoring his first direct free kick in the Juventus jersey. After numerous errors over the past two seasons, he curled this one perfectly over the wall and into the near top corner.
There were chances at both ends, De Ligt charging down a Belotti strike and Dybala stinging Sirigu’s gloves on the counter, but La Joya was booked for simulation after going down too easily as he ran at Izzo, meaning he will also be suspended against Milan.
Torino had more penalty appeals when Cuadrado accidentally backed into Belotti and trod on his foot, but VAR decided there was no need for an on-field review, as the ball was long gone.
Buffon smothered a Simone Edera attempt at the near post, but Koffi Djidji completely misjudged a hopeful Douglas Costa cross and accidentally put the ball into his own net just three minutes after coming off the bench.
It would’ve been 5-1 moments later, but Sirigu was decisive from point-blank range on Douglas Costa.
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