A dramatic Derby della Mole, ended in Juventus bagging all three points. Arturo Vidal’s penalty kick gave the hosts a slender lead, but it was soon equalised by a sensational coast-to-coast goal from Torino’s Bruno Peres. Torino’s equalizer also meant that the side had scored their first goal against Juventus in more than 12 years. Although after Stephen Lichtsteiner was sent off, Juventus’s chances of winning the match looked slim and rare but a Andrea Pirlo goal – virtually with the last kick of the ball, sealed all three points for Juventus. With this win Juventus are running ahead with 34 points while Torino even after a stellar display sit fifteenth. Juventus coach Massimilliano Allegri surprisingly praised their stubborn neighbor.
“Perhaps a draw would have been a fair result, but this win makes up for Genoa [a 1-0 defeat], where we deserved to emerge victorious,” said Allegri.
“We played well in the first half but struggled after the break. Torino gave us problems on the counter.
“Credit to the lads for tonight’s win. They never stopped believing.”
Defender Chiellini was also not behind to praise Torino and their impressive performances and speaking to Sky Italia the rugged central defender said, “Torino played a very good game,They exploited us and put us into great difficulty.
“There was a great deal of respect on our part and we became disjointed after Peres’ world class equaliser.”
“We are happy and elated to have won it so late, but we must evaluate our performance because some aspects of it were not good.”
Meanwhile Andrea Pirlo was more than happy with his last gasp winner. Speaking to Sky Italia the Italian said , “
“I followed the move all the way and Vidal did well to see me at the last second. I hit it with all my might and it went in. We’re all ecstatic,”
“It’s brilliant to be able to win the derby in the last minute, especially with 10 men, and it’s a great feeling we’ve treated our fans to.
“The result allows us to continue building momentum. That’s the most important thing, then to win it in the way we did tonight makes it even better.’
The Italian Serie A has often been lamented for being a two horse race and with the form Juventus and AS Roma are in, it could be very well said so. Juventus are on 34 points, AS Roma on 31 and then third place Genoa lack far behind with 23. It is more than evident that the Serie A this season would be race between Juventus and AS Roma.