Second-half substitute Gonzalo Higuain struck a late equaliser in stoppage-time strike that earned Juventus a 1-1 draw in a fiery Serie A clash against city rivals Torino.
The 92nd-minute strike by the Argentinian was a cruelly timed blow to a 10-man Torino team, as Juventus went on to claim what would have equalled to a win in a thrilling Derby della Mole in Serie A.
In a heated encounter between the city rivals at Juventus Stadium, Adem Ljajic’s exquisite free-kick had looked set to seal a first away league victory for Torino — who also had head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic sent to the stands — against Juventus since April 1995.
But in a cruel twist for Torino, a moment of brilliance from substitute Higuain — whose double against Monaco mid-week put Juve in the advantage of two away goals in the Champions League semi-final — salvaged a point to nudge Massimiliano Allegri’s side closer to retaining the title.
Paulo Dybala, Medhi Benatia and Mario Mandzukic were all wasted golden opportunities as Juve dominated prior to Ljajic’s opener, although Afriyie Acquah’s harsh dismissal 57 minutes did look offsetting to Torino’s chances to win.
But the team persevered, blocking effort and holding Juve’s attacks and it was not until Higuain spun his marker to unleash a powerful drive past Joe Hart that their hopes were shattered.
Juventus was arguably the team better off with the draw too, as the Italian champions extend their remarkable unbeaten home run in Serie A to 34 matches and moves them a step closer to a sixth straight Scudetto crown.