Gonzalo Higuain’s last-gasp equaliser salvaged a point to cancel out Adem Ljajic’s precise free-kick and earn a share of the spoils in the Derby della Mole as Juve took another small step closer to the Scudetto title.
The Turin derby has been a tightly contested and keenly fought affair in recent seasons and after a gruelling 90 minutes here, the 144th edition of the fixture was no different.
The evening’s first real openings were all carved out by the more enterprising hosts. A near miss for Sami Khedira from a Paulo Dybala corner kicked off a series of presentable opportunities for Juve.
The best of them fell to Leonardo Bonucci who volleyed over the bar after Medhi Benatia’s header had struck the woodwork and goalkeeper Joe Hart had smartly denied Stefano Sturaro on the rebound.
It was in the 43rd minute that Juve created their first genuine scoring opportunity from open play: Dybala’s exquisite drive from deep and one-two with Mario Mandzukic sent him scurrying into the box only for the Argentine to be denied by a spread-eagled Hart.