Fit to be tied.
Cristiano Ronaldo thanked VAR for his Juventus equalizer, but Torino was the more impressive team in the exciting 2-2 Derby Della Mole. There was so much riding on this Derby Della Mole, as Toro were one point clear of the relegation zone and Juve saw even their top-four status at risk after a shock home defeat to Benevento.
Wilfried Singo and Lyanco were the only absentees for the hosts, but Juve had Gigi Buffon suspended for using a blasphemous phrase, Leonardo Bonucci and Merih Demiral contracted COVID on international duty, while Weston McKennie, Paulo Dybala, and Arthur Melo were dropped after breaking lockdown rules with a party at the American midfielder’s house. Juve had three chances in the first five minutes. Alvaro Morata forced a save with Salvatore Sirigu’s legs from close range, then Federico Chiesa hit a half-volley over and also stung Salvatore Sirigu’s gloves.
Toro threatened too, a Rolando Mandragora daisy-cutter skimming the far post, then Matthijs de Ligt went into a desperate tackle on Andrea Belotti when Tomas Rincon had caught Alex Sandro napping. It was a very risky challenge indeed, but the referee and VAR considered it clean.
Chiesa broke the deadlock when he completed a give-and-go with Morata, although the Spaniard didn’t seem entirely aware he was meant to pass it back, as the former Fiorentina man sprinted onto the ball and nutmegged Sirigu from a tight angle.
Rincon saw his shot charged down by Alex Sandro on a Cristian Ansaldi cross and after a long period of Toro possession, they got their equalizer.
Wojciech Szczesny got down to parry a Rolando Mandragora rocket with one hand, but the ball went up rather than away from goal, so Antonio Sanabria pounced to nod in the rebound.
Belotti only grazed his head to a Mergim Vojvoda cross after getting in front of De Ligt, while Morata’s header into the ground on a Juan Cuadrado cross forced Sirigu into a difficult save.
The second half was only 13 seconds old by the time Torino managed to turn the game around completely thanks to two Juve errors. Dejan Kulusevski made a horrible back-pass and Sanabria then surprised Szczesny at the near post, bending back the goalkeeper’s gloves.
Chiesa’s strike was deflected wide and Sirigu needed a fantastic reaction save to fingertip Cristiano Ronaldo’s header over from close range on a Kulusevski cross.
Another Ronaldo header went over and he thought his goal was disallowed when Giorgio Chiellini flicked on a Federico Bernardeschi header and CR7 nodded in from point-blank range. However, after a long wait to check all the positions, VAR ruled it was onside and Juve equalized.
Moments after that, it was almost a turnaround, as Rodrigo Bentancur’s strike was fingertipped onto the base of the upright by Sirigu.
Szczesny also had the tips of his gloves called into action, pushing a towering Sanabria header over the bar, then deep into stoppages palmed Daniele Baselli’s free-kick away.