The Old Lady had the last laugh, and Massimiliano Allegri heaved a sigh of relief as Juventus escaped the latest Derby della Mole with a narrow 2-1 win.
The kick-off took place amid the roar of boos, with Juventus forward Moise Kean taking the first kick of the match. The first nervy moment was a back pass from Danilo toward his goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, who picked up the ball, running the risk of handling a back pass. Perhaps it was not a back pass in the eyes of the referee, and thus, he did award the hosts any free-kick inside the box.
With the teams failing to endure a sustainable spell of pressure, it was conceivable why these were the two of the bottom-placed sides of the top half in the Serie A points table. But thanks to Vanja Milinković-Savić’s consecutive saves, Torino were fortunate to end the first half with a 0-0 scoreline.
Torino started well in the second half, with waves of the Toro attacks making the breathing room narrower for the Juve defence. Leonardo Bonucci replaced an injured Bremer in the 52nd minute of the match. A few great saves from Szczęsny kept the Torino forwards away from scoring an opener.
Dusan Vlahović, who had a quiet game, scored a poacher’s goal from a corner situation after the ball was guided toward the back post by a towering header of Danilo, giving the visitors a lead in the 74th minute of the game.
After going down, Ivan Jurić’s team lost sight of their goal and somewhat surrendered to the pressure as Juve returned to the winning ways in Serie A while keeping a clean sheet. Now, it remains to be seen whether this triumph prompts a series of positive results for Allegri’s men or just remains a victory needed to keep up with the inconsistency.
Full time: Torino 0-1 Juventus
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