Monday, 24 February 2014

Juventus 1-0 Torino

Torino's long wait for a derby win against their fierce rivals goes on, and once again a number of referring decisions went against the Granata.

Toro lined up as expected in a 3-5-2 formation, although Salvatore Masiello picked up an injury at left back, so Giovanni Pasquale played at left back.

The away side were more adventurous than they were in the first derby of the season, and Omar El Kaddouri had a half chance on the counter attack but lifted the ball over the bar. At the other end, Carlos Tevez was causing the majority of the problems for the home side, and he forced Daniele Padelli into making a good save.

A clever through ball from El Kaddouri gave Ciro Immobile the opportunity to shoot from an acute angle, but it only hit (and then broke) the side netting. Toro were continuing to create chances though, and Jasmin Kurtic may feel he could have done better from Matteo Darmian's cut back.

However, on the half hour mark Juventus took the lead when Tevez received the ball twenty yards from goal before swivelling and unleashing a fierce shot past Padelli. On the stroke of half time, Torino felt aggrieved when Arturo Vidal deliberately handled the ball on the edge of the area, but the Chilean did not receive a second yellow card. The mood in the Toro camp was made even worse when Cesare Bovo blasted the resulting free kick over the bar.

Toro attempted to take the game to the defending champions in the second half, but were still wary of giving Juventus the space to create further opportunities themselves. However, with ten minutes remaining Torino felt they should have had a penalty kick when Omar El Kaddouri was tripped by Andrea Pirlo in the area. Referee Nicola Rizzoli turned down the passionate appeals from the Moroccan, who was even booked for his protests, but on the replay it was clear that Torino had been denied a clear penalty.

Juventus held on to another victory, but for the fourth derby in succession Torino had referring decisions go against them, despite a spirited team performance by a Granata team who gave everything. There is a very famous quote that says 'it is better to be lucky than good' and in this case, that quote is extremely apt for this game.

Forza Toro

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