Cristiano Ronaldo striked a late equaliser goal that stopped Torino’s dream of a first win at city rivals Juventus in nearly a quarter of a century and frustrate their hope to move into the Champions League places.
Sasa Lukic had fired Torino ahead after 17 minutes in a match brought forward a day to avoid clashing with Saturday’s 70th anniversary of the air disaster that wiped out the all-conquering ‘Grande Torino’ team of the 1940s.
Cristiano Ronaldo made sure he frustrated the entire hope with a 1-1 after 84 minutes. Torino is currently in sixth place, two points off the Champions League berths with only three match remaining.
Juventus have secured the Series A title for the eighth season in a row, while Torino still have more games to play to prove their first qualification for European competition. Torino have not seen win at Juventus from 1995 till date. Their only win since then was against their city rivals at home in April 2015.
Ronaldo who had scored the only goal with a penalty in the reverse fixture in December, was partnered up front by teenage striker Moise Kean. Kean threatened early along with Torino captain Andrea Belotti. But Serbian midfielder Lukic broke through following a Miralem Pjanic error to slot in his first goal for Torino.
Ronaldo came close to an equaliser soon after with his powerful strike just wide with Salvatore Sirigu denying Blaise Matuidi. But Juventus increased the pressure after the break with Ronaldo rising hightest to latch on a Leonardo Spinazzola cross to beat Sirigu and deny Torino a third consecutive victory.
It was Ronaldo’s 21st league goal this season and moves him two behind Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, who leads the Serie A scoring charts.
For Juventus it was a second consecutive stalemate after last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Inter Milan. Juventus are nevertheless 19 points ahead of second-placed Napoli, who host Cagliari on Sunday.
Inter Milan, eight points behind Napoli, will look to consolidate third position and their Champions League berth on Saturday at Udinese. Torino stay sixth, one point behind Roma, and two adrift of fourth-placed Atalanta.