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Juventus 4-0 Torino: Champions maintain 100 percent record

by 23/09/2017 20:08:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Juventus kept pace with Napoli with a thumping win against city rivals Torino
  • Paulo Dybala maintained his impressive strike rate this season by scoring two
  • Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro also netted while Daniele Baselli was sent off

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 18:30 EDT, 23 September 2017 | Updated: 20:08 EDT, 23 September 2017

Juventus kept pace with Napoli at the top of Serie A with a thumping 4-0 win against 10-man derby rivals Torino.

Paulo Dybala maintained his impressive strike rate this season and Miralem Pjanic added a fine second to put Juve in total control at half-time after Torino defender Daniele Baselli had been sent off.

Alex Sandro added Juve's third with a bullet header just before the hour-mark and Dybala capped another impressive display with a late second as Juve cruised to a seventh successive home league win against their Turin rivals.

Juventus kept pace with Napoli at the top of Serie A with a thumping win against rivals Torino
Juventus kept pace with Napoli at the top of Serie A with a thumping win against rivals Torino

Juventus kept pace with Napoli at the top of Serie A with a thumping win against rivals Torino

Paulo Dybala maintained his impressive strike rate this season by opening the scoring
Paulo Dybala maintained his impressive strike rate this season by opening the scoring

Paulo Dybala maintained his impressive strike rate this season by opening the scoring

Dybala capped another classy display with a second as Juve earned a sixth straight league win
Dybala capped another classy display with a second as Juve earned a sixth straight league win

Dybala capped another classy display with a second as Juve earned a sixth straight league win

MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE 

Juventus (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro; Pjanic, Matuidi (Bentancur 72); Cuadrado (Bernardeschi 62), Dybala, Douglas Costa; Mandzukic (Higuain 80)

Unused subs: Szczesny, Barzagli, Rugani, Sturaro, Asamoah, Pinsoglio

Goals: Dybala 16, 90, Pjanic 40, Sandro 57

Booking: Benatia 45 

Torino (4-2-3-1): Sirigu; De Silvestri, N'Koulou, Lyanco, Ansaldi; Rincon (Gustafson 76), Baselli; Falque (Acquah 30), Ljajic, Niang (Boye 70); Belotti

Unused subs: Ichazo, Molinaro, Valdifiori, Burdisso, Edera, Berenguer, Moretti, Milinkovic-Savic, Sadiq

Bookings: Baselli 10, Ljajic 39, Acquah 83

Red card: 24 

 

It was Juve's sixth straight league win this season in pursuit of a seventh consecutive Serie A title, but they lie second in the table behind Napoli on goal difference. It was Torino's first league defeat of the season.

Torino threatened to take an early lead when Adem Ljajic picked out Iago Falque in the box, but Juve defender Giorgio Chiellini's brilliant covering tackle denied the winger a shooting chance.

Juve were then clinical when taking a 16th-minute lead, making Torino pay for giving the ball away cheaply in midfield.

Miralem Pjanic added a  second to put Juve in control at half-time as they keep pace with Napoli
Miralem Pjanic added a  second to put Juve in control at half-time as they keep pace with Napoli

Miralem Pjanic added a second to put Juve in control at half-time as they keep pace with Napoli

Pjanic snaffled possession off Tomas Rincon 30 yards out and slipped the ball to Dyabala, who powered forward to the edge of the penalty area before despatching an unstoppable low shot into the bottom corner.

It was the Italy international's ninth goal in six Serie A matches this season and it took the wind out of Torino's sails.

Any hopes Torino had of preserving their unbeaten league start were dealt a major blow in the 23rd minute when Baselli was shown a second yellow card for a reckless high challenge on Pjanic.

Alex Sandro added Juve's third with a bullet header just before the hour-mark
Alex Sandro added Juve's third with a bullet header just before the hour-mark

Alex Sandro added Juve's third with a bullet header just before the hour-mark

Juve threatened to overrun their 10-man opponents before the interval. Dybala was off target with one effort and saw another saved, while Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu turned Pjanic's shot away.

As half-time approached the home side doubled their lead. Juan Cuadrado pulled the ball back from the right edge of the area and Pjanic's exquisite first-time effort curled away from Sirigu inside his right-hand post.

Juve added a third in the 57th minute when Alex Sandro stole free at the near post to send a thumping header from Pjanic's corner beyond Sirigu.

Torino defender Daniele Baselli was sent off for two bookings inside the first 25 minutes
Torino defender Daniele Baselli was sent off for two bookings inside the first 25 minutes

Torino defender Daniele Baselli was sent off for two bookings inside the first 25 minutes

Torino tried to respond but Lorenzo De Silvestri's effort was easily saved by Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and it was mainly one-way traffic.

Juve winger Federico Bernardeschi saw two efforts blocked and Sirigu knew little about Medhi Benatia's header when somehow saving with his legs.

Sirigu denied Dybala a second with a fine save in the bottom corner and the Juve forward and team-mate Mario Mandzukic contrived to squander two more chances during a furious goalmouth scramble.

Torino were visibly tired in the closing stages and after Sirigu brilliantly denied Douglas Costa, Dybala dinked the ball over the goalkeeper for Juve's fourth goal and his 10th of the season in the final minute.

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