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February 23, 2014
• Juventus Stadium, Torino
Referee: N. Rizzoli
• Attendance: 38717
C. Tévez 30'
That is it from me, Tom Webber, for this evening. Enjoy the rest of your night.
FULL TIME - Juventus 1-0 Torino: Carlos Tevez's first-half goal proves to be enough to guide the Bianconeri to victory over their local rivals and open up a nine-point advantage over Roma at the Serie A summit. The Old Lady's undefeated streak in the league reaches 22 games.
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The final whistle goes! Juventus win the Turin derby 1-0.
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Barzagli chases it down into the corner and manages to see off the threat and earn his side a goal kick. We are over the alloted three minutes now, probably due to that Kurtic injury.
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Torino have a free kick deep in their half. One last chance to punt it forward.
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Kurtic and Vives both go for the same ball and the latter ends up raking the former with his studs as he tries to get his foot to it. That looked like a painful one.
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We are into the first minute of an additional three.
Darmian angles a great pass in behind the defence but it skids off the surface and runs just too far ahead of Immobile.
Recognising that momentum is with Torino at the moment Conte is replacing Llorente with Padoin. With an extra body back behind the ball, will the Granata be able to find a route through to goal?
Immobile goes for an ambitious bicycle kick inside the box but the shot is blocked. Some finish to the game that would have been!
Omar El Kaddouri
Just five minutes remaining and Juve are on the back foot here. Torino need to be careful here, though, commit too many men forward and any chance of a point could vanish.
Almost an instant impact from Meggiorini as he races down to the byeline and cuts a sublime cross back to the penalty spot, but none of his team-mates are in there to get on the end of it.
Vives brings a high ball down and lashes a shot at goal but the referee awards a free kick, deeming the midfielder used his hands when controlling that.
Juve are certainly living dangerously at the moment. Had the referee decided that that was a penalty then the final few moments could be looking very different.
Yellow Card Omar El Kaddouri
PENALTY CLAIM! El Kaddouri goes to ground inside the box following a challenge from Pirlo after Cerci's cross was not dealt with. There may have been slight contact, but the midfielder's exaggerated fall did not con the referee. The Moroccan was then shown a yellow card for dissent following the decision.
This result is still far from secure for the hosts with just over 10 minutes remaining. Torino have shown an ability to stretch this Juve defence and they may still have another chance left in them. The question is: will they be able to take that one?
The Bianconeri win a free kick down on the near side and Pirlo swings it in, however the first head to it is a Torino one and the danger is dealt with. The midfielder maestro's deliveries haven't been up to his usual standard tonight.
Vidal is coming off for Marchisio here and he appears disappointed with his performance today, staring down at the ground as he leaves. He receives a warm ovation from the stands, though.
Torino hoof a free kick into the area and the ball falls to Kurtic who spins and lashes a shot well over the top. However, the referee's whistle had already gone for a handball by Glik as he challenged for the original header.
Immobile feels he should have a free kick as he combines well with Cerci before knocking the ball past Bonucci. He drops to ground but the referee isn't convinced there was a foul and allows play to continue.
Torino have stepped it up a notch in the last 10 minutes and are again beginning to look like they could find a route back into this game.
WELL OVER! Pirlo tries his luck with a free kick from 30 yards but it flies high above the goal, with Padelli craning his neck to watch it sail above him.
GREAT SAVE!! Bovo's attempted clearance cannons off of Glik inside the box and it falls to the dangerous feet of Tevez. The Argentine manages to angle a shot towards goal but Padelli is on it, smothering the shot and diverting it behind.
Excellent work from Immobile, dribbling his way to the edge of the box before his deflected shot drops just short of Vives as he follows up inside the area.
OVER THE TOP! Another wasteful effort from El Kaddouri as he rifles the free kick over the wall, but it continues rising and fails to work Buffon.
Yellow Card Leonardo Bonucci
Awful challenge from Bonucci! The centre-back went in late on El Kaddouri and earns a booking for that tackle. Torino have a chance to equalise with this set piece, 20 yards from goal.
A delighftul flick from Pogba puts Llorente through on goal but his shot is weak and it is saved comfortably by Padelli. His blushes are spared as he turns to see the offside flag raised, though.
Torino's goal threat from the first half has all but evaporated now. They are not committing as many men forward on the break and are therefore not putting the hosts under enough pressure.
Cerci has seen plenty of the ball when dropping off the front line but he has been unable to create a clear-cut opportunity for his team as of yet. This time his pass down to Darmian is overhit and it runs out of play before the midfielder can reach it.
Darmian has really worked his socks off this evening. Once again he is back to help defend and he stops Asamoah from getting on the end of Pogba's pass by sending the ball out for a corner kick.
Llorente works his way into the area with the ball at his feet but he soon runs down a dead end and is closed down by two Granata shirts. Pasquale eventually comes away with the ball but the Spaniard chases him and forces him to run it off the pitch.
There is so much width to this game at the moment, with both sides moving the play across to either wing. Play soon slows though with Bonucci seemingly struggling with a knock. We will have to keep our eyes on that.
Tevez attempts to get to Pirlo's pass first but in doing so he cuts through the back of Moretti and gives away a free kick which the hosts use to alleviate the pressure upon them.
Since that effort it has been Juve's turn to dictate the tempo of the game, with Pirlo still operating the deepest of the midfield trio but pulling all the strings.
A decent start to the first half for Torino, this, with a lengthy spell in possession. It culminates in Darmian moving forward on the right and unleashing a screamer towards goal, but once more it was directed too close to Buffon who made the save look easy.
We are back underway for the second half!
Welcome back! The teams are making their way back out onto the pitch so the second half will be upon us momentarily.
HALF TIME - Juventus 1-0 Torino: Tevez and Llorente have been too hot for the visitors to handle, and a brilliant strike from the Argentine is the difference at the break. The Granata have threatened at times, though, and cannot be counted out of this one. Join me for the second half in 15 minutes.
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The referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the first half.
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We are into the first of two added minutes.
Lichtsteiner has not had the best of halves this evening. He chases a ball down to the corner flag and keeps it in play. Moretti is on him quickly though, knocking the ball out but the officials deem that he had the last touch and award a goal kick, much to his distaste.
Torino finally manage to stop Tevez from controlling a pass with his back to goal just outside the box, but it takes three of them to swarm on him within seconds of his first touch. Not sure they will be able to do that every time, mind.
AWFUL EFFORT! El Kaddouri is the man handed responsiblity and he hammers a shocking effort miles off target. He is clearly very disappointed with that, and I don't balme him.
HANDBALL! Vidal inadvertently controls the ball with his arm on the edge of the box and despite his protests, a free kick is awarded to the visitors. A great chance to equalise here...
SAVED!! Pirlo drills the free kick at goal and Padelli manages to keep it out. It was an unorthodox save, as he punched the shot straight back out of the box, but it did the job nonetheless.
Another free kick for Juve just outside the box. A short corner is played back to Asamoah and the Ghanaian is caught by a clumsy El Kaddouri challenge.
CHANCE! Cerci's corner finds Glik who outjumps Barzagli to get his head on the ball. He nods it down into the ground but is unable to pick out a corner, instead directing his effort straight into the arms of Buffon.
Yet again Tevez receives it on the deck just outside the area and he looks to dance his way inside the box. He eventually stumbles to ground before Vidal looks to pounce on the loose ball, but Padelli is able to deal with it.
It was bound to happen soon enough with the Granata defence failing to find a way to stop both Llorente and Tevez from receiving the ball to feet in such dangerous areas. Juve deservedly lead, but Torino have still proved a threat on a few occasions.
Assist Kwadwo Asamoah
Goal Carlos Tévez
GOOOOOOAAL!! Tevez gets his 14th of the season, joining Giuseppe Rossi at the top of the scoring charts. The Argentine received the ball 20 yards from goal and took a touch before spinning and rifling a great shot past Padelli and into the bottom corner.
SO CLOSE!! Cerci drops deep and slides a pass out to the overlapping Darmian on his right. The midfielder sends a cutback into the middle for Kurtic but he fails to keep his shot down, grazing the top of the bar with his effort.
JUST OVER!! That is far better from the veteran Italian, bending his free kick towards goal but not getting enough dip on it to worry Padelli.
The Old Lady win yet another free kick as Asamoah tricks his way past Vives down on the near side and is fouled just as he is about to enter the area. Pirlo stands over it...
Vidal takes it short to Pirlo, who in turn moves play onto Asamoah. He then flights in the cross which the Chilean flies onto the end of inside the box, but he is unable to steer it goalwards.
Yellow Card Giovanni Pasquale
Pasquale is all over the back of Tevez and he picks up a yellow card for pulling the Argentine back. Juve have a chance to whip the ball into the box from this one.
Cerci attempts to latch onto a ball in behind the Juve defence, which was extremely high, but Buffon races off of his line and clears it out for a throw. The Bianconeri have looked fairly vulnerable to the counterattack tonight.
Torino just can't seem to stop Llorente or Tevez from taking the ball into feet outside the box. Once more the Spaniard receives it and tees up Lichtsteiner, but his shot sails high over the target.
Pirlo takes it... and sends a tame, tame effort straight into the wall. That is really disappointing from the midfield maestro.
Play resumes with Juve building from the back. Caceres spots Llorente moving into space at the top of the box and picks the Spaniard out with a great pass. He shields the ball away from Moretti, who clatters into him to concede a free kick in an exceptionally dangerous position.
Repairs to the net are ongoing while the crowd look on impatiently. It seems as though the ground staff have engineered an impomptu knot in order to put the net back in its rightful place. Some shot from Immobile!
IMMOBILE BREAKS THE GOAL! But it doesn't go in! The striker was threaded through by El Kaddouri and his powerful effort seems to have broken the connection from the stanchion which holds the net up in place.
The visitors are getting plenty of men back behind the ball when not in possession, with both Immobile and Cerci doing their bit to defend from the front. Still, Juve work it past them and feed Tevez on the edge of the box, but his pass into the box fails to find Llorente.
Vives does brilliantly there. He tracked the run of Lichtsteiner inside from the right and put in a well-judged tackle to dispossess the Swiss as he looked to burst into the final third.
The Granata win a free kick out on the left after a foul by Vidal, but they decide to take it short despite loading bodies into the box. Perhaps they just want to get a feel for the ball and halt the Juve momentum that has been building since kick off.
Yellow Card Arturo Vidal
An ambitious effort from Asamoah there, as he attempts to bend a shot inside the far post from the corner of the box. He gets too much elevation on the ball, though, and misses the target.
GREAT SAVE!! Tevez and Llorente are causing plenty of problems early on, putting their backs to goal and receiving the ball into feet and looking to bring others into the play. This time Tevez spins Bovo and fires a shot towards the bottom corner but Padelli palms it away from his near post.
CHANCE!! Bonucci is caught in possession and Torino break through Immobile. He slides a pass out wide to El Kaddouri and the Moroccan knocks it past Barzagli before attempting to loop a shot over the onrushing Buffon, but he puts too much on it and sends it well over the top.
Wide from Pogba! The Frenchman made a late run into the box and managed to poke Tevez's pass towards the corner following a dummy by Llorente. However, there was just enough pressure from the Torino defence to force him to steer his attempt wide of the target.
Pirlo is seeing plenty of the ball in these early exchanges and as he is not closed down quickly enough by the visitors he takes the chance to shoot for goal. He gets plenty of power behind his shot but sends it straight down the middle of the goal.
Tevez tries to dribble around the outside of the defence and get a cross into the centre but his delivery is blocked before taking a touch off of him as it bounced out of play. The Argentine shows his typical energy though, chasing down the opposition as soon as they receive the ball from the goal kick.
Asamoah again involved in the action but this time in a far less positive manner. He allows the ball to bounce inside his own half and Cerci steals in to dispossess him and dribble into the area. He is eventually caught up by the Ghanaian, but manages to roll a pass back to Kurtic on the edge of the box, however his shot is dragged harmlessly wide of the far post.
Asamoah tries to create space to get a cross in from the left but ends up running into trouble and losing possession. It was good defensive work from the visitors there, as Darmian tracked back and helped protect against the Ghanaian.
We are underway at the Juventus Stadium!
The teams are out on the pitch so kick off will be upon us imminently.
We have just five minutes to go until the game gets underway. We are set for a real stormer here this evening. Let's hope the game lives up to the billing!
Juventus have won all 12 of their previous home games in Serie A this season, averaging three goals in each outing at the Juventus Stadium. It is part of a 21-match undefeated streak in front of their own fans which stretches all the way back to January 2013.
Torino have not won in the Turin derby since a 2-1 triumph over a Juventus side containing Antonio Conte, Didier Deschamps, Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero in April 1995.
Torino's strike partnership, meanwhile, have accumulated one more between them with 24 Serie A strikes. Can Immobile and Cerci inspire a surprise and memorable result for the Granata this afternoon?
Giorgio Chiellini misses out this afternoon due to injury, but Andrea Barzagli is fit to start. Martin Caceres also begins as part of a three-man defence with Angelo Ogbonna taking his place on the bench. There is no rest for Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez, who have 23 Serie A goals between them, either, who continue alongside one another in attack.
Torino (3-5-2): Padelli; Bovo, Glik, Moretti; Darmian, Kurtic, Vives, El Kaddouri, Pasquale; Cerci, Immobile.
Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Caceres; Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Asamoah; Llorente, Tevez.
The line-ups have been announced, so let's see how the two teams will shape up today.
Juventus have kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches with Torino and are unbeaten in 15 fixtures against their local rivals. However, today's meeting could be one of the closest in years, with the Granata currently sitting joint-seventh in Serie A. Much of their impressive campaign is owed to Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile, both of whom start today.
Hello and welcome to the LIVE play-by-play analysis of the Turin derby! It is Juventus playing host to local rivals Torino in Serie A this afternoon, and I, Tom Webber, will be guiding you through all the action. The Bianconeri can open up a nine-point advantage at the top of the league with a win today, and Antonio Conte will be keen to see his charges do just that.
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