Monday, 21 March 2016

Torino 1-4 Juventus

Torino fell to yet another defeat against rivals Juvenus as they were beaten 4-1 in a Derby Della Mole full of controversy.

There was one surprise in the Toro line up as Gaston Silva was preferred to both Davide Zappacosta and Cristian Molinaro at left wing back.

Juve took the lead after half an hour, as Paul Pogba scored for a third derby in a row - this time a free kick from fully thirty yards which Daniele Padelli will have been disappointed not to keep out.

On the stroke of half time, Juve doubled their lead as Sami Khedira took advantage of a huge gap in the Toro defence to side foot past Padelli.

Toro started the second half brightly, and were awarded a penalty after only three minutes as Alex Sandro was adjudged to have brought down fellow countryman Bruno Peres in the area. Despite being booked in the first half, referee Nicola Rizzoli decided not to produce a second yellow for Alex Sandro, and the Brazilian remained on the field.

Andrea Belotti stepped up to convert the penalty, and ended Gianluigi Buffon's incredible 974 minute run of not conceding a goal in the process. That goal gave Toro renewed energy, and moments later they thought they had scored an equaliser.

After another enterprising run from the impressive Bruno Peres, the ball fell to half time substitute Maxi Lopez who volleyed past Buffon, however the Argentine was wrongly adjudged to be offside.

Toro failed to recover from that setback, and the game was over as a contest just past the hour mark when Pogba's exquisite ball found Alvaro Morata who finished well. Maxi Lopez almost gave Toro a lifeline following Marco Benassi's cut back but this time he was denied by Buffon.

For the second derby in succession, Juventus scored a fourth goal as Paul Pogba's wayward shot was diverted home by Morata with fifteen minutes remaining.

Once again it was derby day disappointment for the Granata who will now be nervously looking over their shoulders as they are now just five points above the relegation zone.

Forza Toro!

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