Serie A: Juventus 3 Torino 0
By Football News
Juventus got back to winning ways against their local rivals with a convincing 3-0 win over Torino in the Serie A on Saturday.
Goals from Sebastian Giovinco and a pair from Claudio Marchisio were enough for the hosts to come away with all three points against a side who were forced to play almost an hour of the game with 10 men after the sending-off of Kamil Glik.
Torino entered the derby having not beaten their more illustrious rivals for 17 years, however, it was they who started the brighter of the sides, enjoying the better share possession in the opening 10 minutes.
Despite settling into the game faster than their hosts, Torino had to wait until after 20 minutes before they had their first clear-cut chance at goal. Riccardo Meggiorini got in beyond Andrea Barzagli and while he had Gianluigi Buffon beaten his flicked effort went wide of the post.
Juventus did eventually grow into the game and started to create chances of their own, their first one falling to Paul Pogba who gained possession in the box with Torino goalkeeper Jean-Francois Gillet on the ground, however, the referee adjudged him to have committed a foul before it came to anything.
The complexion of the match changed completely on 36 minutes when Torino's Glik was given his marching orders for a wild high-footed tackle on Emmanuele Giaccherini.
With the numerical advantage, Juventus pushed further forward to search for the opener and they received a great opportunity when Pogba went down in the box and they were awarded a penalty.
Incredibly, however, Andrea Pirlo missed the target completely from just 12 yards out.
It was left to Marchisio to finally break the deadlock after half-time as he met Giovinco's cross to put Juventus ahead.
The home side refused to rest on their laurels, with Pirlo, Pogba and Nicklas Bendtner all registering attempts on goal before Marchisio, in a similar position to the goal he scored, failed to latch on to another Giovinco cross.
It was Giovinco himself who soon got on the scoresheet, receiving the ball this time from Marchisio and lashing home from inside the box.
With the game starting to resemble a training drill for the Italian champions, Giovinco was taken off for Alessandro Matri but there was still time for one more as Marchisio notched his second of the night to seal victory.