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05.12.2020 » Juventus 2-1 Torino. A late comeback in the city's derby

Ronaldo in Juventus 2-1 win over Torino

Juventus had to suffer to beat Torino this Saturday evening, as the visitors were in front during most of the game... The Italian champions completed the comeback with two goals inside the last 15 minutes of the second half, delivered by McKennie and the team captain, Leonardo Bonucci.

It was yet another disappointing performance from the Italian champions this weekend, who only managed to grab the 3 points tonight thanks to a couple late efforts from McKennie and Bonucci. Nevertheless, it was an extremely poor display from Andrea Pirlo's men, who found themselves trailing by one until the last quarter of the game. Cristiano Ronaldo, just like pretty much every other teammate of his, didn't have a good game this Saturday and struggled to make the difference in tonight's 2-1 win over Torino. The Bianconeri will certainly appreciate having taken the win from the "Derby della Mole", but Pirlo, more than anyone else, should be aware that if this level of display continues in the upcoming months, we can expect a lot of upsets both in the Serie A and also in the team's Champions League campaign

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Juventus 2-1 Torino
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A disastrous first-half...

No one likes to lose a derby, especially when neither club is going through a particularly enthusiastic moment in the league. Prior to tonight's clash, Juventus were 6 points below the Serie A's leaders, AC Milan, while Torino is sitting in relegation zone in 18th place, with only 1 win earned after 9 fixtures were played. A win tonight, would mean a lot more than just bagging the 3 points for both Juve and Torino.

The first half was very discouraging for every Juventus fan, as the team not only conceded a goal against Torino, but they also struggled to create chances and never got close to score. The visitors managed to score the opening goal in the 9th minute, when a ball rebounded to Nicolas N'Koulou in a very dangerous position inside the hosts' penalty box, granting the Cameroon defender a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. That's precisely what happened and the 30-year old was more than happy to score his first goal of the season...

The only shot Juventus managed to direct to Torino's goal in the first 45 minutes only took place near the half-time break. On the other hand, Torino got close to score at least in a couple other opportunities, including a big miss from team's striker, Andrea Belotti, who tried to beat Szczesny with an acrobatic shot just a few minutes before the referee blew his whistle for the end of the first half.

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Cuadrado found the answer with his crossing...

The second half was substantially different from the first half, as Juventus turned on their attacking power looking for the equaliser. A loss today would mean that AC Milan could build a 9-point gap for the champions and that was something no one in Turin was willing to settle with...

The hosts' reaction did take some time to happen and the mean leading the charge was definitely Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian started by scoring a goal from a strike just outside the box, but the referee would rule it out for offside instants later, after consulting the VAR. Nevertheless, that didn't affect Cuadrado's determination in keep pushing forward and the Bianconeri would get the much-needed equalizer a few minutes later...

In the 78th minute of the game, Cuadrado threw a cross into the box that would find McKennie in a great position to make Torino pay. The North-American midfielder grabbed the opportunity to score his first goal ever for Juventus and give his side a a first sense of relief for having tied the game at 1-1. There was still work to do though, as a home draw wasn't satisfying enough for Pirlo's men.

We all know Juventus' motto «Fino Alla Fine" (Until the end) and when the equalizer took place, it was obvious the hosts weren't going to slow down until the referee's final whistle. Eventually, Juve would score the winning goal, from a play very similar to their first goal. Once again, Cuadrado had a perfect cross from the right and this time Bonucci was the target man inside the box and had no difficulties in beating Sirigu with a powerful header. 2-1 for Juventus and the 3 points weren't going to slip away anymore...

Cristiano Ronaldo back of the shirt in Juventus

Juventus line-up vs Torino:

Goalkeeper: Szczesny
Defenders: Cuadrado, Bonucci, De Ligt, Danilo
Midfielders: Rabiot, Bentancur, Chiesa, Kulusevski
Attackers: Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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kick-off time (08-12-2020):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+7: 03:00
| UTC/GMT+6: 02:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 00:30
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+1: 21:00
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-4: 16:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-5: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-8: 12:00

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