Torino 2-1 Juventus
Scorers: Pirlo 35 (J), Darmian 44 (T), Quagliarella 57 (T)
Serie A – Week 32 [Sunday, 26th April – 14:00 GMT] – Stadio Olimpico
Juventus took the lead through Andrea Pirlo’s sublime free kick but it wasn’t enough to stop Torino running out 2-1 winners – Their first Derby victory in 20 years.
The Granata knew what was at stake going into this game, especially when you remember Andrea Pirlo single handedly beat Torino in the dying seconds when the two sides met earlier this season. Claudio Marchisio was suspended and Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, Martin Caceres, Kwadwo Asamoah and Romulo were all recovering from injury while Fabio Quagliarella lined up against his former club.
The Bianconeri also had a lot riding on a potential victory, knowing that a win here and a Lazio loss would mathematically seal a 33rd Scudetto.
Torino started the brighter of the two teams, pressing high up the pitch to disrupt Juve. Gigi Buffon was called into action almost immediately to smother Fabio Quagliarella’s angled drive and shortly after, Ale Matri chested down a perfect Andrea Pirlo overhead cross but his volley flew over the bar.
Juve had a legitimate penalty shout when Roberto Pereyra’s flick struck the arm of Emiliano Moretti but it was deemed to be close range.
Torino continued to dominate the first half but it was a moment of magic from the maestro Andrea Pirlo that broke the deadlock. His free kick curled over the wall and struck the underside of the bar before going in leaving Daniele Padelli no chance of saving it. That goal put Pirlo just 1 behind Sinisa Mihajlovic in the free kick charts for Serie A -The Serb’s tally stands at 28 while Pirlo is now on 27.
To their credit, Toro didn’t let up on the pressure and continued to push forward and they got their equaliser shortly before the end of the half. Quagliarella pulled back from the right for Matteo Darmian who mistimed his first tough but ran through the defence to catch the bobbling ball on the half-volley and fire past Gigi Buffon.
Juve started the second half in more determined fashion and Pirlo almost scored an identical free kick but his effort hit the upright and bounced out.
Despite the pressure, it was Torino who went ahead thanks to hard work from Omar El Kaddouri who played a through ball for Darmian who played a first time cross for Quagliarella to side-foot home in front of goal.
Max Allegri made attacking substitutions and despite a thoroughly frustrating first half, Alessandro Matri almost got an equaliser for Juve but his glancing header his the far post.
Juventus hit the woodwork for a third time in the game and it was Matri again, his cross beating everyone and hitting Padelli’s far post.
It was a disappointing loss in hindsight, but Juve only need 4 points to clinch the Scudetto while they still have the Coppa Italia final and a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid to look forward to.
Man of the Match: Andrea Pirlo
Flop of the Match: Rpberto Pereyra
Pass Accuracy: 87%
Shots on Target: 5
Total Shots: 19
Ball Possession: 55%
Torino: Padelli; Maksimovic, Glik, Moretti; Bruno Peres, Benassi (Vives 72), Gazzi, El Kaddouri, Darmian (Molinaro 82); Quagliarella, Maxi Lopez (Martinez 61)
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Ogbonna, Padoin (Llorente 86); Vidal, Pirlo, Sturaro; Pereyra (Pepe 78); Matri, Morata (Tevez 65)