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Pass master Pirlo magic in Turin derby


Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo scored a cracker deep into injury time to give Serie A leaders Juventus a 2-1 win over an unfortunate Torino in an intense Turin derby last night.

Juve were down to 10 men when the ageless, classy midfielder found the corner of the net with a low shot from the edge of the area to send the Juventus Stadium into raptures.

Turin's lesser lights had not scored a goal for 12 years in the city derby but it was worth the wait as Bruno Peres almost ran the length of the field to net a goal of the season contender after 23 minutes, equalising Arturo Vidal's penalty.

Juve's Stephane Lichtsteiner was dismissed for a second booking after 77 minutes but Torino ran out of steam and it was the relentless champions who breathed a sigh of relief.

Elsewhere, injury-prone Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez scored his first goal for eight months in a 4-0 win at Cagliari.

Bottom side Parma lost 2-1 in Palermo with coach Roberto Donadoni under serious pressure and is likely to face the sack.