Torino put Juve cel­e­bra­tions on hold

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­LAN: Gon­zalo Higuain fired a last-gasp lev­eller past Eng­land ‘keeper Joe Hart to save Ju­ven­tus’s blushes in a 1-1 derby draw with Torino that kept the Serie A giants’ ti­tle cel­e­bra­tions on ice Satur­day.

Torino looked to be head­ing for their first derby win over Juve since April 2015 when Adem Lja­jic put the vis­i­tors ahead min­utes af­ter the restart.

But Sin­isa Mi­ha­jlovic’s vis­i­tors lost mid­fielder Afriyie Ac­quah in the 57th minute af­ter he was sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

And de­spite bat­tling all the way, their hopes of caus­ing an up­set ended when Higuain fired a low an­gled strike past Hart in the sec­ond minute of added-on time.

Juve’s fourth draw of the cam­paign leaves the 32-times cham­pi­ons top of the pile with an eight-point lead on Napoli, who moved up to sec­ond ear­lier with a 3-1 win at home to Cagliari.

It means Ju­ven­tus will have to wait un­til at least next week, when they travel to Roma, be­fore even think­ing about mak­ing plans to cel­e­brate a record sixth con­sec­u­tive scud­etto.

Roma, in third at two points be­hind Napoli and 10 be­hind Ju­ven­tus, can move back up to sec­ond place with a win away at AC Mi­lan on Sun­day. AFP

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