23.02.2014 20:31 - in: Serie A S

    Tevez decides derby day in Turin

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    The Argentine’s superb first-half effort allows Juventus to complete a seasonal double over the Granata and go nine points clear at the top of Serie A

    A magnificent first-half Carlos Tevez strike enabled the Bianconeri to continue their derby dominance over inter-city rivals Torino in this evening’s 1-0 triumph at Juventus Stadium.

    A constant thorn in the Granata side throughout, the Argentine marksman provided the telling contribution on the half-hour mark, swiveling neatly away from his marker before unleashing a strike that left Daniele Padelli with no chance.

    In control from start to finish, Juventus were rarely troubled by their visitors and kept possession throughout a more cautious second-half to maintain their nine-point supremacy over nearest challengers Roma.  

    The return of Andrea Barzagli in place of Angelo Ogbonna was one of three changes made from the Bianconeri’s last league outing against Chievo, with Paul Pogba and Tevez also taking their places in the starting line-up after sitting out the encounter with the Gialloblu.

    Hungry to maintain an unbeaten Derby della Mole streak stretching back to 1995, Juventus set about their task in determined fashion and immediately gained control of the midfield battle. Andrea Pirlo was first to test Daniele Padelli, unleashing a 30-yard strike which was comfortably gathered by the Torino custodian with seven minutes played.

    Despite posing all the questions during a commanding introduction to the game, Antonio Conte’s men did however need to be mindful of the threat posed by Torino on the break, with Omar El Kaddouri firing an early warning sign of the visitors’ game plan when he lobbed the ball over the crossbar on 10 minutes.

    Spearheaded by talismanic frontman Tevez, Juventus looked focused in attack and drew Padelli into action once more when the Argentine worked himself an inch of space in the box and struck a low effort which was thwarted by the goalkeeper.

    Now in full flow, the Bianconeri continued to rain shots down on Pandelli’s goal from a variety of positions. Of particular note was Pirlo’s free-kick from an acute angle, which whistled just over the bar on 28 minutes.

    The best was yet to come, though, as an inspired Tevez produced a moment of magic to make the hosts’ increasing pressure tell with half an hour played.

    Receiving the ball with his back to goal, the Argentine spun off his marker before unleashing an unstoppable effort on the turn that flew into the bottom corner and sent an already vociferous crowd into unbridled jubilation.

    More one-way traffic continued to flow in Torino’s direction during the second half as the hosts continued to dictate proceedings. In fact, it took the Granata almost 20 minutes into the restart to fashion a noteworthy opportunity, El Kaddouri directing his free-kick over the top from the fringes of the area.

    Moments later, on 66 minutes, Tevez was presented with the opportunity to double his tally when the ball fell kindly for him just a matter of yards from goal, only for Padelli to make an instinctive block and divert the ball out of play for a corner.

    Forced to up the ante in their bid for an equaliser, Torino showed greater ambition as the clock ticked into the last 15 minutes, but Conte’s men rode out the visitors’ final assault to maintain this season’s invincible league record at Juventus Stadium.

    The result allows the Bianconeri to preserve their nine-point lead over Scudetto challengers Roma, who had kept the heat on with last night’s 1-0 away win over Bologna.

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