Locatelli’s late strike gives Juventus victory over Turin in Turin derby
TURIN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Manuel Locatelli struck late to allow Juventus to win 1-0 over Turin in the Turin derby on Saturday as the old lady extended her winning streak to four games in all competitions confused and kept a clean sheet in Serie A for the first time in seven months.
The Italy international took a shot from the post four minutes from time, his second consecutive league goal, as Juve climbed to eighth place with 11 points, three ahead of rivals, 11th.
Torino controlled the first half as Juve failed to register a shot on target, but Massimiliano Allegri’s side improved after the break and Alex Sandro’s header required a nice save from Vanja Milinkovic-Savic before the late winner from Locatelli.
Ivan Juric’s side struggled to threaten Wojciech Szczesny’s goal, and Juventus kept things tight defensively to end a March streak of 20 consecutive games conceded in Serie A.
Allegri’s side on Wednesday won an impressive and unexpected victory over European champions Chelsea in the Champions League, bringing their unbeaten unbeaten track in all competitions to five matches.
But the coach warned his players that the local derby would be an even bigger challenge, with forwards Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata still injured and Torino having two more days to prepare.
There were early chances for Juve as Moise Kean fired a wide shot and Weston McKennie took advantage of a promising opportunity.
But Toro quickly took control and moved closer when Sasa Lukic looked at a wide header and Rolando Mandragora’s long-range piledriver was parried by Szczesny.
Allegri introduced Juan Cuadrado for Moise Kean at half-time, with Federico Chiesa returning to the striker role he played against Chelsea.
The change gave Juve’s attack some life as the Colombian outfitted Sandro with an excellent cross that required a precise save from Milinkovic-Savic.
Locatelli found space at the edge of the box to send the winner back in the 86th minute, before substitute Dejan Kulusevski hit the foot of the post with a shot in stoppage time.
Earlier on Saturday, Salernitana climbed off the table after Milan’s Djuric header sealed a 1-0 win over Genoa, their first win of the season.
The newly promoted team’s victory took them to four points, one behind Genoa in 16th and one more than Cagliari.
Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie Editing by Christian Radnedge
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