A late strike from Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic was enough for Juventus to scramble out a 1-0 win against their arch-rivals.
Coming into the match, Juventus were not in a good position. They had won only three of their first ten matches in the domestic league.
On top of that, they suffered a humiliating 2-0 loss against Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in their last Champions League match. So the pressure was building on Allegri’s team and it was time for them to deliver.
Vlahovic gives Juventus a derby victory
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri deployed a 3-5-2 setup. Wojciech Szczesny started in goal. Danilo, Bremer, and Alex Sandro completed the three-man defense. Filip Kostic and Juan Cuadrado played as wingbacks.
Meanwhile, Adrien Rabiot, Manuel Locatelli, and Weston McKennie started at the central midfield. Dusan Vlahovic and Moise Kean formed the forward line.
Despite the urgency in their game, Juventus were struggling to create chances in the first half of the match. Their first chance fell to Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic in the 34th minute. However, his shot was well saved by his countryman Vanja Milinkovic.
Milinkovic then denied Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli with a fine save. As a result, Juventus went into the dressing room with a 0-0 score at halftime.
After the break, Milinkovic managed to tip off a brilliant bouncing shot from Locatelli to keep the score level.
Juventus striker Moise Kean then got the best chance of the game but the striker failed to control his effort on target from close-range.
Finally, in the 74th minute, Dusan Vlahovbic gave Juventus the lead. The Serbian who swiftly lost his marker was found by Danilo in the box. Vlahovic made no mistake to score it past Milinkovic.
After getting the goal, Juventus controlled the match and gave no chance to Torino to force an equaliser. The match ended in a narrow 1-0 victory for Allegri’s team.
With this victory, the Bianconeri now have sixteen points from ten matches. They are currently in the seventh position in the Serie-A table. Juventus will now face Empoli in their next match. Allegri’s team will hope to continue their momentum as they push for the top four spots.
Meanwhile, after the loss, Torino is currently in the eleventh position in the table. They will face Cittadella in their next match.