Monday, 27 April 2015

Torino 2-1 Juventus

It finally happened.

After twenty years of misery, Torino finally got the better of their city rivals as goals from Matteo Darmian and Fabio Quagliarella gave them a 2-1 victory against Juventus.

Giampiero Ventura made no surprise selections ahead of the derby, with Nikola Maksimovic, Marco Benassi and Maxi Lopez all given starts.

Alessandro Matri had the first chance of the game for the visitors, but the striker blazed over the bar from Andrea Pirlo's exquisite pass.

With ten minutes until half time, it was Pirlo - Toro's tormenter from the reverse fixture - who gave Juventus the lead thanks to a sublime free kick from twenty yards out.

However, on the stroke of half time, Fabio Quagliarella beat Leonardo Bonucci to a ball in the channel and kept his composure to find Matteo Darmian - who despite a heavy first touch - finished past Gianluigi Buffon to equalise.

Andrea Pirlo almost scored another free kick in the early stages of the first half, but the former AC Milan man saw his effort hit the post with Daniele Padelli stranded.

And Toro took the lead on the hour mark when Omar El Kaddouri and Matteo Darmian combined, with the former providing a low cross for former Juve man Fabio Quagliarella to convert.

The Granata rode their luck in the closing stages, with the bianconeri twice hitting the woodwork and when Daniele Padelli somehow saved Stefano Sturaro's close range header, it seemed as though destiny was on Toro's side.

This was to be Torino's night, as the Granata held on to claim a famous victory and one that will not be forgotten for a long long time.....just don't make us wait twenty years for another derby victory.

Forza Toro. Grazie Ragazzi.

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff. We'll be watching this match---and the stadium reactions---all summer long.