Monday, 8 May 2017

Juventus 1-1 Torino

Torino suffered late Derby Della Mole heartbreak for the third consecutive season as Gonzalo Higuaín scored a 92nd minute equaliser to deny 10 man Toro a famous victory.

Emiliano Moretti partnered Luca Rossettini in the centre of defence, whilst Lucas Boyé was chosen in place of Juan Iturbe.

Juventus had the first chance of the game as Mehdi Benatia headed against the bar, whilst Leonardo Bonucci then blazed over from close range.

Joe Hart then made good saves to deny first Stephan Lichtsteiner, and then Paulo Dybala as Toro went in at the break level.

Seven minutes into the second half, Toro were awarded a free kick around twenty-five yards out when Kwadwo Asamoah handled the ball. Adem Ljajic stepped up and hit an inch perfect free kick into the top corner to give the Granata a shock lead.

However Toro's joy soon turned to dismay five minutes later when midfielder Afriyie Acquah was controversially dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for a challenge on Mario Mandžukić. Replays appeared to show that the Ghanaian midfielder did win the ball, and to make matters worse, Granata coach Siniša Mihajlović was dismissed from the touchline for his protestations.

Tomás Rincón and Sami Khedira both missed good chances for the home side, and just when it looked as though Toro may record a memorable victory, subsititute Higuaín struck.

The Argentine striker collected the ball just outside the area before hitting a fiece half-volley into the bottom corner to break Torino hearts. 

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