Torino vs. Juventus: Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
Torino 0 Juventus 1
Paul Pogba scored the only goal of the game as Juventus continued their Serie A dominance over neighbours Torino.
But the 54th-minute goal came with controversy after Carlos Tevez appeared to be in an offside position as he headed against the crossbar from two yards out before Pogba pounced on the rebound.
The result saw Juve maintain an 18-year unbeaten league run against their Turin rivals, who rarely threatened.
The first half was a disappointing affair, punctuated by several yellow cards for hefty challenges and one opportunity on goal for Torino.
Danilo D'Ambrosio rose highest inside the Juventus penalty area to connect with a free-kick, but headed over with just Gianluigi Buffon to beat.
But Juve were a far different proposition in the second period with Tevez playing the central role, controlling the game for the Serie A champions.
Juve broke the deadlock in the 54th minute when Tevez headed against Daniele Pandelli's crossbar from just two yards, but Pogba was on hand to head home the rebound.
However, television replays showed the Argentina international was in an offside position.
But Juve, ultimately, deserved the three points for the improved second-half display, while Torino disappointed in front of their own supporters with Cerci isolated up front.
Paul Pogba B
Playing in the creative Andrea Pirlo role, Pogba endured a stifled first period. The former Manchester United man seemed off the pace and unable to open the Torino backline.
He was on hand to head home the only goal of the game, much to the relief of teammate Tevez, who had missed from just two yards out with his header.
Pogba found greater influence in the second half and Manchester United supporters can be forgiven for asking why the Old Trafford club allowed him to leave.
Carlos Tevez A
Tevez was on the end of one severe challenge during the opening 45 minutes which saw Ciro Immobile cautioned for raking the former Manchester City forward's ankle.
The Argentina international was always looking for the opportunity, but a lack of creation saw him stymied up front, paired with Sebastian Giovinco, in the first half.
The second period was a different story, however, with Tevez finding the space to puncture the Torino defence.
He might have been embarrassed to miss a header from two yards out, but Pogba spared his blushes by slotting the rebound.
His positional sense remains fabulous and running a match from the position of forward is no mean feat, but comes naturally to Tevez.
Danilo D'Ambrosio B+
D'Ambrosio went closest for Torino in the first period when his header flew wide of Buffon's goal.
But the Torino defender was always seeking a chance to move forward and dealt well with the attacking threat of Juventus.
The switched to right-back for the second period seemed to be a positive move for the player, who prefers that position. But D'Ambrosio's attacking influence was negated by an improved Juventus display.
Alessio Cerci B-
Torino's leading goalscorer was not allowed a chance to shine in the opening half, but was always on the look-out for an opportunity to create space for himself and teammates.
Cerci found himself cast adrift at times against the Juventus back three, with Immobile required in a deeper role for Torino.
Cerci really found space only in the dying embers of the game and it took a crude challenge from Tevez to deny him a late chance of a run on goal.
Ultimately, though, this was a game Cerci will want to forget swiftly after making little impact as his teammates appeared to sit back.
Gazzetta headline: Blatant offside on Paul Pogba goal for Juventus: http://t.co/uAuxpNP90l— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) September 29, 2013
Gazetta make their decision on Pogba's goal.
Torino 0-1 Juventus FT: Shots (OT) 6(0) - 17(6), Possession 49% - 51%, MotM - Pogba 8.9 http://t.co/wzmy6xeepm— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 29, 2013
Match stats from Whoscored.com.
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