Football: Pogba seals Turin derby win for Juve

Football: Pogba seals Turin derby win for Juve
Juventus' French midfielder Paul Labile Pogba (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Serie A football match Torino vs Juventus at the Olimpico stadium on September 29, 2013 in Turin.

FLORENCE, Italy - A second-half header from French midfield sensation Paul Pogba secured a 1-0 derby win for Juventus away to Torino on Sunday to send the champions up to second place in Italy's Serie A.

Juventus's fifth win in six games leaves them level on 16 points with leaders Napoli but second due to inferior goals difference.

Inter, who sit third, can move up to first or second if they beat Cagliari in one of five scheduled afternoon matches.

Roma, however, began the weekend with a two-point cushion on their pursuers and will restore that lead with a win against Bologna at the Olympic Stadium in Sunday's late game.

Juventus had several chances to put the match beyond the reach of Torino, but had to rely on Pogba's header in the 54th minute.

The French midfielder, signed on a free transfer from Manchester United prior to last season, found himself in the right place at the right time when a corner came flying in from the right.

Carlos Tevez rose to meet the ball and after his glancing header came off fellow striker Sebastian Giovinco, Pogba was on hand to nod the ball into the net past goalkeeper Daniele Padelli.

Juventus, who face Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, should have scored more in a dominant second half when Tevez proved a constant threat.

The Argentinian striker hit a superb first-time strike which brought a great diving save from Padelli.

Montenegrin striker Mirko Vucinic, who replaced Giovinco in the 74th minute, forced another diving save from the Torino 'keeper six minutes from time.

On Saturday Goran Pandev ended his recent goal drought with a first-half brace to secure a 2-0 away win at Genoa to put Napoli top.

Pandev had gone nine games without hitting the net since scoring against Pescara last April.

But with coach Rafael Benitez resting forwards Marek Hamsik and Gonzalo Higuain ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates, Pandev made the most of a rare start with strikes in the 14th and 25th minutes.

Despite the prospect of Roma regaining their two-point advantage on Sunday, Benitez said: "I'm really happy because we got the win against a team that was determined and showed a lot of character and quality football.

"It's just a shame we didn't put the game beyond reach earlier with a third goal, we had the opportunities."

AC Milan claimed only their second win in six games when Valter Birsa's 46th minute goal secured a 1-0 win at home to Sampdoria.

More about

Purchase this article for republication.

BRANDINSIDER

SPONSORED

Most Read

Your daily good stuff - AsiaOne stories delivered straight to your inbox
By signing up, you agree to our Privacy policy and Terms and Conditions.