SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 13 - 30 Nov 2014 (17.00 UK)
Juventus 2 - 1 Torino
Vidal pen 15 (J), Bruno Peres 23 (T), Pirlo 94 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Torino thought they had ended their Derby della Mole curse until Andrea Pirlo grabbed a 2-1 win for 10-man Juventus in the last second!

The Turin Derby is always a tense affair and this time Fabio Quagliarella and Amauri returned to face their former teammates. Toro hadn’t even scored against Juve since February 2002, losing 10 on the bounce, and their last victory was back in April 1995. This season wasn’t going well for the Granata either with three consecutive Serie A defeats, although they are in a strong position to qualify for the Europa League knockouts. Migjen Basha, Antonio Nocerino and Salvatore Masiello missed out, while Juve were without Gigi Buffon, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andrea Barzagli, Martin Caceres, Luca Marrone and the suspended Simone Padoin.

As expected, the Bianconeri dominated possession and pinned Toro back, though Marco Storari was comfortable on a Quagliarella free kick. Juventus had won their last 25 consecutive Serie A games in this stadium.

Andrea Pirlo’s free kick was charged down by Omar El Kaddouri’s arm in the wall and the referee awarded a penalty in a very similar incident to Juve’s 3-2 victory over Roma. El Kaddouri insisted he was trying to protect his face, but Daniele Orsato had verbally warned all the players before the free kick to keep their arms down. Arturo Vidal converted both attempts, as it had to be retaken for encroachment.

Torino had not scored against Juventus for over 12 years, but they broke that drought in style with Bruno Peres. He ran from his own penalty area, turned on the turbo past Evra and smashed his finish across Storari, in off the inside of the far post. It was a truly fantastic solo effort.

That goal also changed the confidence levels in the stadium, as the Granata suddenly began keeping more of the ball and creating problems. Amauri had a good chance, but slipped on the wet turf and allowed Giorgio Chiellini to clear.

Carlos Tevez drilled off target and Vidal ballooned over from close range on an Evra pull-back.

Torino very nearly went 2-1 up after the restart with two ex-Juventini combining. Amauri burst down the left and rolled across for Quagliarella to come sliding in, prodding his finish on to the outside of the upright.

Jean-Francois Gillet got down quickly to palm away a Leonardo Bonucci snapshot from distance, while Bruno Peres blasted just past the far top corner, then El Kaddouri and Tevez had chances charged down. Stephan Lichtsteiner was booked for dissent and will be suspended for the next game against Fiorentina.

Vidal thought he had restored Juve’s lead on 76 minutes when tapping in from five yards, but he had strayed offside.

Moments later, Lichtsteiner went in for a mistimed tackle on El Kaddouri, earning his second yellow card.

Toro had a three-on-two counter-attack, but El Kaddouri’s pass to Marco Benassi was over-hit and the shot eventually charged down. El Kaddouri was crucially stopped in the box by Vidal and Giorgio Chiellini did the same on Amauri, as it remained wide open to the final whistle.

In fact, just as Torino were already celebrating their point, Pirlo smashed a daisy-cutter into the bottom corner from distance with practically the last kick of the game. It was an absolutely dramatic victory for 10-man Juventus and heartbreaking for the Granata.

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Juventus: Storari; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio (Pereyra 64); Vidal; Tevez (Ogbonna 83), Llorente (Morata 58)
Torino: Gillet; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Peres, Vives (Benassi 53), Gazzi, El Kaddouri (Sanchez Mino 92), Darmian; Amauri, Quagliarella (Larrondo 72)
Ref: Orsato

Sent off: Lichtsteiner 78 (J)