Super-sub Higuaín Strikes Late For Juventus To Deny City Rivals Torino Famous Away Victory & Rescue Point For Bianconeri In Derby Della Mole

Serie A

May 6th

Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy

juventus 1-1 torino

52′ Ljajić

56′ Acquah Sent off (Second bookable offence)

90’+1′ Higuaín


Substitute Gonzalo Higuaín struck a late equaliser deep into injury-time to deny ten-men Torino a first away league victory in the Derby della Mole since 1995 as the Bianconeri drew 1-1 with their city rivals at the Juventus Stadium.

Adem Ljajić curled the visitors ahead through a wonderful freekick minutes before Afriyie Acquah was harshly dismissed, receiving a second yellow card and his marching orders for an apparent foul on Mario Mandžukić, despite taking the ball. That was before substitute Higuaín fired home late-on to preserve Juventus’ 36 match unbeaten run at home, but it wasn’t enough to rescue their run of 33 consecutive league victories at home, which came to an end.

The hosts started well and had a good chance to take the lead in the ninth minute when a dangerous Paulo Dybala corner fell to Leonardo Bonucci, but he just couldn’t make contact on the volley.

Five minutes later the Bianconeri very nearly went ahead when a Dybala corner was met by Medhi Benatia with a header, but his effort struck the crossbar with the follow-up falling to Stefano Sturaro, whose header was palmed away by Joe Hart into the path of Bonucci, who fired the loose ball over the bar from close-range via a deflection.

In the 27th minute Juventus went close when Juan Cuadrado’s dangerous delivery found Mandžukić, whose volley deflected just over the bar.

Two minutes later the hosts went close again when Dybala’s freekick found Stephan Lichtsteiner, whose effort from-range was palmed behind by Hart.

Three minutes before the interval Juventus should have taken the lead when Dybala exchanged passes with Mandžukić before surging into the area to fire an effort that Hart did very well to palm behind.

On the stroke of half-time the visitors went close when Ljajić cut-inside to curl an effort just over the bar from-range.

Seven minutes into the restart Torino took a surprise lead when Ljajić curled a wonderful freekick over the wall and into the top-corner via the underside of the cross-bar, with deputising keeper Neto rooted to the spot.

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A minute later Juventus had a great chance to level the scores when Sami Khedira sent Mandžukić through on-goal, but the Croat dragged his strike wide of the target.

Three minutes later the hosts were given a lifeline when Torino were controversially reduced to ten men as Acquah, who was already on a booking, received a second yellow card for a challenge on Mandžukić, although the Torino midfielder won the ball.

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Five minutes later Juventus had a good chance when a cross-field pass from Kwadwo Asamoah was flicked-on by Bonucci into the path of Tomás Rincón, who headed the ball just wide following a corner.

In the 66th minute Torino went close when Daniele Baselli surged forward before firing an effort from-range that Neto palmed away.

A minute later the Bianconeri should have levelled the scores when a fine disguised-pass from Dybala found Khedira, but he fired the ball over the bar from close-range.

In the 77th minute the hosts had another good chance to draw level when substitute Miralem Pjanić’s dangerous delivery across the face of goal was met by Bonucci, but his effort was straight at Hart, who reacted well.

In the first of four additional minutes, Juventus drew level to break the Torino hearts. Substitute Higuaín received the ball on the edge of the area before firing home with into the bottom-corner with precision past Hart.

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The result meant that Juventus extended their lead at the top of Serie A by 8 points as they moved onto 85 points while Torino remained in ninth on 50 points. The draw preserved Juventus’ unbeaten run at home to 36 matches, although it brought to an end 33 successive home league victories.

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