SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 15 - 1 Dec 2012 (19.45 UK)
Juventus 3 - 0 Torino
Marchisio 57, 84 (J), Giovinco 68 (J)
Juventus Stadium

Juventus won an eventful Turin Derby 3-0 despite Andrea Pirlo missing a penalty, as Kamil Glik saw red and Claudio Marchisio bagged a brace.

The Derby della Mole returned to Serie A for the first time since 2009 and it was the debut derby for the Juventus Stadium. The Bianconeri were feeling the pressure after their defeat to Milan cut their lead at the top of the table to just two points. Martin Caceres was injured and Giorgio Chiellini was a late addition to the absentee list with a calf problem that flared up again, so Juve changed to a 4-3-3. Arturo Vidal and Kwadwo Asamoah were rested ahead of the Shakhtar Donetsk visit. Torino had a full squad to choose from and opted for Alessio Cerci flanking Rolando Bianchi in a 4-2-4 system.

Mario Alberto Santana fired straight into the arms of Gigi Buffon, but Riccardo Meggiorini went close when he trapped a long ball to go past Leonardo Bonucci and the flick over an on-rushing Buffon whistled just wide of the empty net. Mirko Vucinic got on the end of an Andrea Pirlo free kick, but the finish was deflected inches past the near post.

There was controversy on 26 minutes when Jean-Francois Gillet spilled a Paolo De Ceglie cross under pressure from Paul Pogba and Angelo Ogbonna, but the referee awarded a foul on the goalkeeper. Replays suggest if anyone made contact with Gillet, it was his teammate Ogbonna.

Belgian shot-stopper Gillet spilled another effort, a fierce long-range Pogba snapshot on the volley. The Torino goalkeeper did considerably better on a Pogba screamer from 20 metres, punching it out from under the crossbar.

Rolando Bianchi wasted a counter-attack by trying to lob Buffon from midfield, missing the target.

The game changed on 35 minutes when Torino defender Kamil Glik was shown a straight red card for going through Emanuele Giaccherini. It was a high sliding tackle with studs up on the standing ankle.

It got even worse for Toro when Migjen Basha slipped and in doing so handled the ball to stop Pogba getting a shot away. However, Pirlo stepped up and surprisingly missed the penalty by firing well over the bar. It was a remarkable mistake from one of Italy’s most reliable set-piece specialists.

Substitute Valerio Di Cesare, who had come on as a replacement for the red-carded Glik, got into a row with Sebastian Giovinco. Gillet was again shaky from a corner in first half stoppages, but got away with it.

Nicklas Bendtner replaced Giaccherini and he contributed to a great chance, flicking on a cross for Pogba, but the Frenchman nodded over from point-blank range.

Gillet spilled a Pirlo strike and Ogbonna charged down a Lichtsteiner effort as it turned into a siege. Vucinic at full stretch just failed to get a touch to Giovinco’s cross, which whistled across the far post.

The Bianconeri finally broke through just shy of the hour mark when Marchisio got away from defenders for a diving header on Giovinco’s cross to the back post.

Giovinco got the second for Juventus, running on to a Marchisio pass down the right side of the box and blasting his angled drive between Danilo D’Ambrosio’s legs into the far bottom corner.

Pogba nearly made it 3-0 moments later, but his header was parried by Gillet’s legs from six yards. The goalkeeper also denied Bendtner his debut goal for Juventus, as Vucinic and Marchisio flicked it on for the Dane to fire straight at Gillet from point-blank range.

Santana pounced on a misplaced pass and went on the counter, charged down by Andrea Barzagli’s hand, but the referee waved play on and insisted it ricocheted off his foot, so could not be considered intentional.

Marchisio did extend the advantage by completing his brace in the final minutes. Vucinic used his chest to knock down an Alessandro Matri cross for the midfielder to smash a low finish past Gillet.


Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, De Ceglie (Asamoah 61); Pogba, Pirlo, Marchisio; Giaccherini (Bendtner 46), Vucinic, Giovinco (Matri 79)
Torino: Gillet; Darmian, Glik, Ogbonna, D’Ambrosio; Basha, Gazzi; Cerci (Sansone 78), Bianchi (Stevanovic 63), Meggiorini (Di Cesare 40), Santana
Ref: Rocchi

Sent off: Glik 35 (T)

Missed penalty: Pirlo 42 (J)