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Juventus 1 Torino 1: Ronaldo strikes late in Turin derby

Cristiano Ronaldo

Turin, May 4: Cristiano Ronaldo scored six minutes from time to salvage an undeserved 1-1 Serie A draw for Juventus in Friday's Turin derby against Torino.

Walter Mazzarri's side had been on course for a first win away to the champions since 1995 thanks to Sasa Lukic's first goal for the club in the first half.

Ronaldo – who had come close in the first-half – popped up late on, though, heading home from six yards to preserve his team's unbeaten home record in the league this season.

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Despite that goal, the Bianconeri's campaign is in danger of fizzling out in underwhelming fashion, with their win over Fiorentina on April 20 – a result that confirmed their eighth successive league title – their only success in the past six games across all competitions.

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Torino started in confident mood and, after Andrea Belotti had tested Wojciech Szczesny with an early angled drive, forged ahead after 18 minutes.

After being put under pressure by Joao Cancelo's sloppy throw-in, Miralem Pjanic was shrugged off the ball inside his own penalty area by Lukic, who superbly whipped past Szczesny from 12 yards.

That goal woke the hosts from their slumber and they twice came close to drawing level soon afterwards – Blaise Matiuidi's volley pawed away by Salvatore Sirigu and Ronaldo fizzing just wide from 25 yards.

Leonardo Spinazzola dragged wide from 20 yards after an hour for Massimiliano Allegri's men, while Moise Kean's low 77th-minute effort was too close to Sirigu.

With Torino seemingly on course for a famous win, Ronaldo climbed highest at the back post to convert Spinazzola's left-wing cross for his 21st league goal of the campaign.

 
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Story first published: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 2:00 [IST]
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