Juventus won the Turin Derby with a Paul Pogba goal that should’ve been ruled offside, though Toro were largely toothless.
The Derby della Mole has not been kind to Torino recently, as they were without a win since 1995 and hadn’t even scored in 14 editions, losing seven of the last eight. Andrea Pirlo was rested ahead of the Champions League game with Galatasaray, while Sebastian Giovinco was the new partner for Carlos Tevez. Ciro Immobile is co-owned between Juve and Toro, starting alongside Capocannoniere Alessio Cerci.
Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header was over the bar from a free kick, then scrambled back with a crucial clearance to stop Tevez getting on the end of a Giovinco cut-back at the other end.
Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba went into the book for taking down Immobile and Omar El Kaddouri on strong runs. Cerci curled one of his trademark free kicks just past the near top corner.
Tevez crossed for the head of Giovinco, but it was intercepted by defenders, while Stephan Lichtsteiner’s attempt was hoofed wide. Immobile was also carded for a very late tackle from behind on Tevez’s ankle.
‘Apache’ fired over from the edge of the box within seconds of the restart, then flicked on a Kwadwo Asamoah pass for Giovinco, who side-footed his finish straight at Daniele Padelli from close range.
The pressure was building and paid off when Juventus took the lead. Tevez’s header from a corner cracked against the crossbar, but Pogba was alert and turned in the rebound. However, the Granata complained that Tevez appeared to be offside when he started the move.
Marchisio risked a second yellow card with a clumsy tackle on D’Ambrosio, but the referee gave him a final warning.
Asamoah set up Tevez for a drive that was deflected inches past the far post. Cerci went down in the box, but there was barely any contact and the referee waved play on.
Padelli needed a wonderful one-handed save to palm away a volley into the ground by substitute Mirko Vucinic.
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