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Amid thrown fireworks, Torino wins first Turin derby in 20 years


For the first time 20 years, Torino defeated Juventus in the Derby della Mole 2-1 after Matteo Darmian and Fabio Quagliarella trumped an Andrea Pirlo free-kick, but it wasn’t without distractions.

Before the match, Torino fans attacked the Juventus team bus, breaking a window before the situation was controlled. During the match, fireworks thrown by Juventus fans exploded, injuring 10 Torino fans, two of them seriously according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The fan incidents marred what otherwise was a landmark day for Torino, winning for the first time over their cross-town rivals since The Bull swept Juventus in the 1994/95 season. The win is just Torino’s sixth over the last 30 years, a span of 40 matches in all competitions.

Pirlo’s goal came in the 35th minute, putting Juventus up 1-0, but Torino didn’t back down from the league leaders. A charging Darmian equalized just moments before halftime after an odd first touch popped high in the air, but as the 25-year-old defender stuck with it, it fell back at his feet and he touched home from point blank range.

Darmian turned creator in the second half as he burst down the left flank in space and fed Quagliarella for an easy goal on the counter. The defending was shocking for such a stout defensive side as Juventus. The Serie A leaders have conceded just 17 goals this year, seven fewer than anyone else in the league. They still remain 14 points clear at the top, and can clinch the title by besting Lazio’s result next weekend.

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