Italian Serie A
Torino1Juventus3

Torino 1-3 Juventus

Gonzalo Higuain
Higuain has scored nine Serie A goals since joining Juventus in a £75m move last summer

England keeper Joe Hart produced a number of smart saves but was powerless to stop Torino losing the Derby della Mole against Serie A leaders Juventus.

The visitors, who are bidding for a record sixth successive Scudetto, came from behind to move seven points clear.

Torino had led when top scorer Andrea Belotti thumped in a header from Daniele Baselli's right-wing cross.

But Gonzalo Higuain levelled before the break when he swept Mario Mandzukic's pass into Hart's bottom corner.

The Juventus striker put the visitors ahead with eight minutes left when he spun a defender on the edge of the Torino box before clinically drilling in a low strike.

He was denied a hat-trick by Hart in stoppage time, only for Miralem Pjanic to seal victory by hammering in the rebound at the second attempt.

Juve's advantage will be reduced when second-placed Roma host third-placed AC Milan, who are both on 32 points from 15 matches, at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.

Hart impresses despite defeat

With many Manchester City supporters questioning the merits of replacing Joe Hart with former Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo, the England international had the opportunity to show them - and Pep Guardiola - what they were missing in the highest-profile game so far of his season-long loan at Torino.

True, Hart conceded three goals. But the home side could have leaked more without him.

The 29-year-old brilliantly denied Mario Mandzukic when the game was still goalless, preventing a deflected shot beating him with an instinctive save low to his left.

Hart dealt with almost everything else thrown at him by the champions, commanded his area and was comfortable in possession, as well as showing his undoubted shot-stopping ability.

And Pjanic's goal was particularly harsh on the keeper, who made a superb double stop from Higuain and the Bosnian midfielder before being beaten.

Although Torino offered a sporadic attacking threat themselves, the seventh-placed home side will feel the scoreline was still somewhat harsh as they lost to their neighbours for the fourth straight game.

Joe Hart
Hart had saved 73% of his shots faced going into the Juventus game

Higuain loves playing Torino...

  • Gonzalo Higuain has scored six goals in his last seven league appearances against Torino
  • Torino have won only one of the past 22 derbies against Juventus
  • Juve have scored 11 goals in their last three wins against their neighbours
  • Torino striker Andrea Belotti is Serie A's third highest goalscorer this season with 11 goals, one behind Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi and Roma's Edin Dzeko

Elsewhere around Serie A

Belgium international Dries Mertens scored a hat-trick to lead fourth-placed Napoli to a 5-0 win at Cagliari.

Marek Hamsik and Piotr Zielinski also netted as the visitors equalled their record Serie A away win.

Inter Milan moved up to eighth as Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic scored twice in a 2-0 win against 13th-placed Genoa at the San Siro.

Bottom club Palermo slumped to their ninth league defeat in a row, losing 2-0 at home to Chievo.

Sixth-placed Atalanta lost for the second game running - after winning their previous seven - in a 3-1 home defeat by Udinese, while Bologna drew 0-0 with fellow strugglers Empoli.

Line-ups

Torino

  • 21Hart
  • 7Zappacosta
  • 13Rossettini
  • 4LeandroBooked at 35mins
  • 23Barreca
  • 15BenassiSubstituted forBoyéat 81'minutes
  • 18Valdifiori
  • 8BaselliSubstituted forAcquahat 81'minutes
  • 14FalqueSubstituted forMartínezat 82'minutes
  • 9Belotti
  • 10Ljajic

Substitutes

  • 1Padelli
  • 5Bovo
  • 6Acquah
  • 11López
  • 16Gustafson
  • 17Martínez
  • 20Vives
  • 24Moretti
  • 29De Silvestri
  • 31Boyé
  • 90Cucchietti
  • 93Ajeti

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 24RuganiBooked at 56mins
  • 3Chiellini
  • 12Alex Sandro
  • 6Khedira
  • 8Marchisio
  • 27SturaroSubstituted forLeminaat 67'minutes
  • 7CuadradoSubstituted forPjanicat 81'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 17MandzukicBooked at 36minsSubstituted forDybalaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Benatia
  • 5Pjanic
  • 11Hernanes
  • 18Lemina
  • 21Dybala
  • 22Asamoah
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 32Audero
  • 33Evra
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
26,426

Match Stats

Home TeamTorinoAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home23
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Torino 1, Juventus 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Torino 1, Juventus 3.

Antonio Barreca (Torino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paulo Dybala (Juventus).

Foul by Davide Zappacosta (Torino).

Sami Khedira (Juventus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leandro Castán (Torino).

Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Torino 1, Juventus 3. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Josef Martínez (Torino) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Foul by Andrea Belotti (Torino).

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Boyé (Torino).

Daniele Rugani (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrea Belotti (Torino).

Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Leandro Castán (Torino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claudio Marchisio (Juventus).

Goal!

Goal! Torino 1, Juventus 2. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giorgio Chiellini.

Substitution

Substitution, Torino. Josef Martínez replaces Iago Falque.

Substitution

Substitution, Torino. Lucas Boyé replaces Marco Benassi.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Miralem Pjanic replaces Juan Cuadrado.

Substitution

Substitution, Torino. Afriyie Acquah replaces Daniele Baselli.

Foul by Antonio Barreca (Torino).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Torino. Conceded by Alex Sandro.

Corner, Torino. Conceded by Giorgio Chiellini.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Giorgio Chiellini.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniele Rugani (Juventus) because of an injury.

Foul by Leandro Castán (Torino).

Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mario Lemina (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio.

Attempt missed. Adem Ljajic (Torino) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Iago Falque.

Iago Falque (Torino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 11th December 2016

  • TorinoTorino1JuventusJuventus3
  • CagliariCagliari0NapoliNapoli5
  • AtalantaAtalanta1UdineseUdinese3
  • BolognaBologna0EmpoliEmpoli0
  • PalermoPalermo0ChievoChievo2
  • Inter MilanInter Milan2GenoaGenoa0

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus16130335142139
2Roma15102335161932
3AC Milan1510232719832
4Napoli1694332151731
5Lazio1694329171231
6Atalanta169162520528
7Torino1674532221025
8Inter Milan167362421324
9Fiorentina146532216623
10Chievo166461616022
11Sampdoria166462022-222
12Udinese166372224-221
13Genoa155551717020
14Cagliari166282337-1420
15Sassuolo155282026-617
16Bologna164571422-817
17Empoli16259724-1711
18Crotone1623111430-169
19Pescara1615101329-168
20Palermo1613121131-206
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