28 February 2023
Derby della Mole number 156 in Serie A will go down as a classic.
Juve rallied from trailing twice to emerge 4-2 victors. Second half goals from Bremer and Adrien Rabiot added to the comeback goals in the first-half from Juan Cuadrado and Danilo.
The return of Paul Pogba while the match was still tied at 2-2 added to the sense of celebration inside the Allianz Stadium.
The worst possible start to a derby. Torino won a corner with their first attack. From the cross Wilfried Singo headed the ball into the path of Yann Karamoh. Unmarked inside the six-yard box, the winger took a touch before firing into the net.
Just two minutes on the clock and Juve were forced to chase the game. And that’s exactly what they did.
10 minutes later a half-volley from Ángel Di María flashed across the face of goal. On 16’ the Bianconeri were level.
Another run from Filip Kostić down the left flank opened up the Toro defence. The winger’s cross cleared the danger area but was collected at the opposite side of the penalty area by Juan Cuadrado.
The number 11 steadied himself before unleashing his shot goalwards. A deflection sent the ball into the roof of the net. It was Cuadrado’s fourth derby goal and his celebration captured all of the Colombian’s joy.
Just after the half hour, Dušan Vlahović tested his international teammate in the Torino goal. Vanja Milinković-Savić was relieved to grab the ball at the second time of asking.
Torino also threatened. Antonio Sanabria’s glancing header was tipped wide for a corner on 38’ but five minutes later the Toro striker would find the net. Ivan Ilić swung in an inviting cross, which Sanabria met first time to place the ball into the corner out of reach of Wojciech Szczęsny.
Two minutes of time were signalled by the fourth official, and Juve had every intention of using each precious second. A corner from the left was gloriously met by Danilo, whose powerful header had clearly crossed the line before the Torino keeper could attempt to keep it out - confirmed by the goal-line technology.
Four goals in a pulsating first-half. The second half would prove to be just as emotional.
Not even five minutes from the restart and both side’s had chances. First, Aleksej Mirančuk curled wide from the edge of the area. Juve broke directly up the field. A one-two between Vlahović and Nicolò Fagioli released the striker in on goal, only for the number 9’s shot to bounce back off the crossbar.
On 67’ Karol Linetty saw his effort crash off the face of the bar. The match was still in the balance, but not for long.
Inside the final 20 minutes the Bianconeri stepped up another gear - in part due to the return to action after a 236-day lay-off of Paul Pogab. The number 10 was one of three changes made on 69’. Federico Chiesa and Mattia De Sciglio completed the triple switch.
And the new impetus immediately paid off. Bremer rose highest from a corner worked in by Chiesa to bullet a header beyond former teammate Milinković-Savić.
Nine minutes later Juve opened up a two-goal cushion. Another set-piece did the damage. This time a free-kick delivered by Kostić was not dealt with by the Granata defence. Applying the finishing touch at the far post was Adrien Rabiot.
After a lengthy VAR check the goal was confirmed and celebrations in the Allianz Stadium started in earnest.
JUVENTUS 4-2 TORINO (HT: 2-2)
Scorers: 2’ Karamoh, 16’ Cuadrado, 43’ Sanabria, 45+2’ Danilo, 71’ Bremer, 80’ Rabiot
JUVENTUS: Szczesny 6; Danilo 6.5, Bremer 6 (90′ Bonucci SV), Alex Sandro 6.5; Cuadrado 6.5 (69′ De Sciglio 6), Fagioli 6.5, Barrenechea (69′ Pogba), Rabiot, Kostic; Di Maria (69′ Chiesa); Vlahovic (86′ Kean). Subs not used: Pinsoglio, Perin, Gatti, Rugani, Paredes, Soulé, Iling-Junior. Coach: Allegri.
TORINO: Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji (84′ Gravillon), Schuurs, Buongiorno; Singo, Linetty (74′ Ricci), Ilic, Rodriguez (74′ Vojvoda); Miranchuk, Karamoh (59′ Radonjic) (74′ Seck); Sanabria. Subs not used: Fiorenza, Gemello, Bayeye, Adopo, Seck, Gineitis, N’guessan Cauneman. Coach: Juric.
BOOKINGS: 60′ Rodriguez, 90+3′ Ricci