Juventus managed to extend their Serie A winning streak to seven in their hunt for a ninth consecutive Scudetto, destroying rivals Torino 4-1 in Saturday’s Derby della Mole at the Allianz Stadium.
The Bianconeri needed just two minutes to break the deadlock. Paulo Dybala danced his way through the Torino defence and struck a deflected effort past the hapless Salvatore Sirigu.
Torino clawed one back right before half-time as Matthijs de Ligt handled inside the area, Andrea Belotti thundered the resulting penalty past Gianluigi Buffon. As the match progressed, the gulf in quality became more apparent. Ronaldo’s well placed free-kick one the hour mark extended their lead before an own goal from Armando Izzo rounded off a very comfortable day at the office for La Vecchia Signora.
Key Talking Point
Ronaldo and Dybala continue their excellent run of form, displaying awe-inspiring chemistry in the final third. Juve’s front two were both on the score-sheet for the fourth consecutive match, picking up from where they left off against Genoa.
Dybala came out firing on all cylinders, dancing past two Toro defenders before opening the scoring. Ronaldo then got on the act, unselfishly setting up Juan Cuadrado for his goal before scoring a sublime free kick in the second half.
Maurizio Sarri has come under fire for his inability to secure cup competitions this term, though no one can deny Juve’s dominance in the league. The champions extend their lead to seven points atop Serie A, taking a massive leap toward the Scudetto.
Starting XI: Buffon (6), Cuadrado (7), de Ligt (8), Bonucci (7), Danilo (6), Bentancur (7), Pjanic (6), Rabiot (6), Bernardeschi (5), Dybala (8), Ronaldo (9*).
Substitutes: Matuidi (6), Costa (6), Higuain (N/A).
Juve’s star player was a class above today, threatening the Torino back line from the get go. The 35-year-old displayed excellent teamwork, smartly setting up Juan Cuadrado to make it 2-0.
His goal in the second half saw him become the first Juventus player since 1961 to bag 25 Serie A goals in a single season.
Torino Player Ratings
Starting XI: Sirigu (5), Izzo (4), Lyanco (4), Bremer (5), De Silvestri (5), Lukic (5), Meite (6), Aina (5), Berenguer (5), Belotti (6), Verdi (7*).
Substitutes: Millico (6), Edera (N/A), Ansaldi, (N/A), Djidji (N/A)
Juventus head to the San Siro on Tuesday night to take on Milan, while Torino host bottom of the table Brescia on Wednesday.