Juventus 2-1 Torino: Bonucci score late winner, as Old lady win Turin derby

Leonardo Bonucci-Juventus

Juventus came from behind to win Torino on Sunday. The Serie A champions had to dig deep to secure a win against Northern Italian neighbours Torino to secure all three points and keep their hopes of retaining the Scudetto alive.

Without the suspended Morata, coach Pirlo started Dybala upfront with Cristiano Ronaldo in a 4-4-2 formation against a Torino side that likes to seat. 

The away side took an early lead in the ninth minute after Nicolas Nkoulou first goal of the season had put Torino ahead. The defender was on hand to prod home from a Meite flick after he was left unmarked at the near post from a corner.

The goal was not enough to wake Juve up, and the home side could have been punished in the 13th minute when Zaza forced a superb save from Sczesny after the former Juve striker was put through.

The Old lady were able to get a foothold on possession, but couldn’t break down a resolute Torino defence.

Juve thought they were level early in the second half, when Cuadrado, who was Juventus’ chief threat for the night scored, only for his goal to be correctly ruled offside. 

The hosts continued in their bid to carve out a chance to score with substitute Weston McKennie the player to finally put the hosts level. 

The American who came on for the very poor Adrien Rabiot drew his side level in the 77th minute following a Juan Cuadrado cross. In doing so, the ex-Schalke 04 became the first American to score for Juventus.

Juan Cuadrado was on hand again to set up a Juve goal, this time his cross 89th minute cross from the right finding Leonardo Bonucci for the winning goal.

The win takes Juventus temporarily to second place, three points behind league leaders AC Milan who play tomorrow.

The Old lady will be back in action on Tuesday against Barcelona in the Champions League while Torino will host Udinese in their next outing.