Juventus fends off Torino ahead of massive Roma clash in Serie A race

Nicolò Campo

A 3-1 win over Torino for Juventus suggests this was a walk in the park for the Serie A leader, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Torino continued its impressive performances under coach Sinisa Mihajlovic and took the lead through striker Andrea Bellotti, who had a €100 million release clause put in his contract last week. That’s almost how much Gonzalo Higuain cost Juventus, and he repaid the fee with two goals to put Juve ahead. Miralem Pjanic added a late third to extend Juve’s lead at the top–at least before Roma plays AC Milan Monday–to seven points.

Joe Hart made a series of good saves for Torino and was described as “Robin Hood against destiny” by Tuttosport newspaper. Juventus, and “Speedy Gonzalo” [so says Corriere dello Sport], await Monday’s battle between second and third, Roma and AC Milan, with interest. With Roma playing against Juventus next week, the title race, for all intents and purposes, could be all over then. 

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