Juventus Outclass Torino in Derby, Still Comfortable at Top of Serie A Table

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Juventus Outclass Torino in Derby, Still Comfortable at Top of Serie A Table
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What a Derby della Mole it was! It was close early. Back and forth with strong pace. The first real chance came from Torino

Riccardo Meggiorini had an awful miss in the 23rd minute that will surly haunt him and his teammates for weeks to come.

Paul Pogba had a chance to put Juve ahead when Torino keeper Jean-François Gillet couldn't hold a shot right in front of the net. As Pogba went to play the ball, the officials whistled him for a foul. It was a shocking decision, to say the least.

The pace was strong from both sides, but in truth it was all but a sure thing for the Bianconeri when Torino's Kamil Glik came in on a reckless challenge that resulted in a red card in the 36th minute.

Juventus wasted no time in attempting to take advantage of the shorthanded side. They were awarded a penalty at the 40th minute on a handball in the box. Shockingly, Andrea Pirlo skied the chance over the crossbar. 

Somehow, Gillet and his side were able to keep things level into the half.

After the half it was a much different story. Juventus was completely in control, and quite frankly, this one could have easily ended 5-0.

The tie was broken in 57th minute when Claudio Marchisio scored on a beautiful header that Gillet couldn't get a hand on.

Sebastian Giovinco doubled the score 10 minutes later with his fifth of the season in Serie A. If there were any doubt from then on, Marchisio added another one to Juve's scoreline in the 84th. 

Marchisio was the man of the match, and his two goals put his total in Serie A at three on the season. Truly a special night for the Torino native.

For Juventus, their strong victory in Saturday's Derby make it impossible for anyone to gain any ground on them in the table this weekend.

Looking ahead, Juventus play their next match against Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on December 5. Their Serie A match four days later is in Sicily against Palermo.

For Torino things don't get much easier next week, as they host the unstoppable Stephen El Shaarawy and the rest of his recently resurgent Rossoneri. If they don't find a way to get a favorable result soon, they could quickly find themselves hovering in the relegation zone.

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