Friday, 5 January 2018

Juventus 2-0 Torino

Torino were knocked out of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, following a 2-0 defeat to Juventus, a result that ultimately cost Sinisa Mihajlovic his job.

Nicolas Burdisso and Afriyie Acquah were preferred to Emiliano Moretti and Joel Obi, whilst Vanja Milinkovic-Savic returned in goal after his heroics against Roma in the previous round.

Toro had the first chance of the game when Stefano Sturaro misjudged a cross-field field pass, and let Alex Berenguer through on goal, but the Spaniard dragged his shot well wide of the target.

Juventus took the lead after fifteen minutes when Daniele Baselli's hurried clearance ricocheted off Paulo Dybala, and perfectly into the path of Douglas Costa who hit an exquisite left footed volley into the top corner.

Toro had a chance to equalise, as M'Baye Niang latched onto a long ball, and was unlucky to see his shot from a difficult angle hit the post.

In the second half, Mario Mandzukic and then Blaise Matuidi both missed good chances to double the home sides lead. However, mid-way through the second half, Juventus did get their second goal in controversial circumstances.

Afriyie Acquah appeared to be fouled by Sami Khedira, but play continued, and Paulo Dybala's cross hit Daniele Baselli's back and rebounded into the path of Mario Mandzukic who scored. However, despite referee Daniele Doveri going to VAR, he somehow adjudged that Khedira had not fouled Acquah and the goal was allowed to stand.

Young striker Manuel De Luca came off the bench with ten minutes remaining to make his debut, but could do nothing to prevent yet another derby defeat.

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