Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured
Torino 0 - 1 Juventus

Alex Sandro leads Juventus past Torino but Gonzalo Higuain departs injured

18/02/2018

Juventus climbed above Napoli with a 1-0 victory at Torino that maintains their pursuit of the Serie A title.

Alex Sandro's first-half finish proved enough to secure all three points, local bragging rights in the Turin derby, and to take Juve two points ahead of Napoli, but the hosts regardless remain in the relative safety of ninth place.

A wider concern for Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri as they balance chasing a seventh successive league title with the Champions League will be the loss, to a suspected ankle injury in the first half, of his striker Gonzalo Higuain after he collided with the hosts' goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

The Argentina international was soon substituted, and his potential absence comes at a time when Mario Mandzukic, Juan Cuadrado and Blaise Matuidi are also all out injured.

Allegri had rested the 40-year-old Gianluigi Buffon and instead started Wojciech Szczesny, meaning that with the Italian goalkeeper's contract due to expire during the summer he may have played in his final Turin derby.

His team's goal came in the 33rd minute, from close range. After receiving possession on the right from Sandro, Higuain's replacement Federico Bernardeschi sent an untidy ball across the penalty area back towards the Brazilian, who routinely tapped into a near-open goal.

Substitute Paulo Dybala came closest to doubling their lead in the second half when first he struck wide from Bernardeschi's long ball, then when shooting over the crossbar after collecting Sandro's cross, and finally when forcing Sirigu into a save with his shot from outside the area.

M'Baye Niang also threatened for Torino but missed the target from a tight angle, and Iago Falque later tested Szczesny, but Juve resisted any pressure to usurp Napoli, who have played one fewer fixture and later on Sunday host struggling SPAL.

Related news

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli's head coach.

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan came from behind to snatch the final Champions League place in their 3-2 winner-takes-all victory at Lazio.

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage on the final day in Serie A, following a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win

Gianluigi Buffon said an emotional farewell to Juventus as the veteran goalkeeper marked his 640th and last Serie A appearance in a 2-1 victory over relegated Hellas Verona.

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma

Juventus clinched a seventh straight Serie A title to continue their dominance in Italy despite labouring to a 0-0 draw at 10-man Roma.

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place

Lazio missed a chance to clinch the fourth and final Italian place in next season's Champions League group stage when they were held to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss

Inter Milan's Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as Sassuolo shocked them again at the San Siro in Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus crushed AC Milan 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final to move to the brink of a domestic double.

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw

Napoli's hopes of denying Juventus the Serie A title are virtually over after they conceded a late equaliser at home to Torino.

RELATED NEWS

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager
Napoli news

Napoli hire Carlo Ancelotti to replace Maurizio Sarri as manager

Carlo Ancelotti has signed a three-year contract to replace Maurizio Sarri as Napoli's head coach.

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale
Lazio 2 - 3 Inter Milan

Inter Milan steal victory, Champions League berth from Lazio in season finale

Inter Milan came from behind to snatch the final Champions League place in their 3-2 winner-takes-all victory at Lazio.

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star
AC Milan 5 - 1 Fiorentina

AC Milan thump Fiorentina to qualify for Europa League as Calhanoglu, Cutrone star

AC Milan qualified for the Europa League group stage on the final day in Serie A, following a 5-1 win over Fiorentina.

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win
Juventus 2 -1 Verona

Gianluigi Buffon gives emotional farewell as Juventus sign off with win

Gianluigi Buffon said an emotional farewell to Juventus as the veteran goalkeeper marked his 640th and last Serie A appearance in a 2-1 victory over relegated Hellas Verona.

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma
Roma 0 - 0 Juventus

Juventus claim seventh consecutive Serie A title after goalless draw at Roma

Juventus clinched a seventh straight Serie A title to continue their dominance in Italy despite labouring to a 0-0 draw at 10-man Roma.

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place
Crotone 2 - 2 Lazio

Lazio miss chance to clinch Champions League place

Lazio missed a chance to clinch the fourth and final Italian place in next season's Champions League group stage when they were held to a 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Crotone on Sunday.

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss
Inter Milan 1 - 2 Sassuolo

Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League qualification take major hit with loss

Inter Milan's Champions League hopes suffered a huge blow as Sassuolo shocked them again at the San Siro in Serie A on Saturday.

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again
Juventus 4 - 0 AC Milan

Juventus rout AC Milan to win Coppa Italia again

Juventus crushed AC Milan 4-0 in the Coppa Italia final to move to the brink of a domestic double.

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw
Napoli 2 - 2 Torino

Napoli all but hand Juventus Serie A title after Torino draw

Napoli's hopes of denying Juventus the Serie A title are virtually over after they conceded a late equaliser at home to Torino.