Juventus salvage draw with Torino at home; Napoli go second with win

And despite battling all the way, their hopes of causing an upset days after the club commemorated the 68th anniversary of the Superga air disaster - which killed the entire "Grande Torino" squad when their plane hit the Superga Basilica overlooking the city on May 4 1949 - ended when Higuain fired a low angled strike past Hart in the second minute of added-on time.

Miralem Pjanic flicked the ball to Higuain on the edge of the area and the Argentina worldwide fired a right-footed strike into the bottom left corner.

But the game changed when Torino's Afriyie Acquah was shown a second yellow card in the 57th minute despite winning the ball, forcing Torino to sit deep and play on the break.

Dries Mertens celebrated his 30th birthday by scoring twice to lead Napoli to a 3-1 win over Cagliari which lifted them into second place in Serie A on Saturday. Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was so incensed that he aggressively approached the fourth official and referee and was dismissed as well.

Napoli's win took them on to 77 points from 35 games, two more than AS Roma who visit AC Milan on Sunday.


The Ghanaian midfielder was harshly booked for a foul on Paulo Dybala in the first half and replays showed that he played the ball when he was booked again for a tackle on Mario Mandzukic. We had character, tactical intelligence and determination.

Juventus will meet Lazio in the Italian Cup final and, after a 2-0 win over Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, look to have one foot in the Cardiff showpiece. "He's starting matches and showing he was right to want to play more".

Juventus' incredible home Serie A winning streak of 33 matches was ended by Torino on Saturday in a hotly contested Turin derby, but it very almost could have been worse.

Despite Acquah's sending-off, Hart had only one hard save to make, from Leonardo Bonucci at close range, until Higuain struck with his 24th goal of the season.

Diego Farias pulled one back for Cagliari in stoppage time, but it proved to be scant consolation for the mid-table side.

  • Steve Townsend