Torino – Juventus Player Ratings: Unlikely Derby Hero

On Saturday evening, Torino hosted Juventus for the famous Derby della Mole. The Bianconeri looked to be heading towards an expected victory when Federico Chiesa broke the deadlock early on, but the Granata turned the match upside-down with Antonio Sanabria’s brace. In the end, Cristiano Ronaldo’s equalizer snatched a point for the reigning champions, as it ended 2-2. So here are the player ratings for the round 29 clash between Torino and Juventus.

Torino XI

Salvatore Sirigu – 7

The Italian international was left hapless by the two goals he conceded, but made some decisive saves against Morata, and his minimal contact was just enough to direct Bentancur’s shot towards the post.

Armando Izzo – 6.5

A solid shift from the former Genoa man, who managed to limit the danger of the Old Lady’s strikers. Was particularly impressive in the air.

Bremer – 6

The Torino center back did mostly well in his battle against the Juventus attackers, but unluckily played Ronaldo onside ahead on the late equalizer.

Alessandro Buongiorno – 6

The young Granata defender was beaten to the ball by Ronaldo on a couple of occasions, but had a decent performance overall.

Mergim Vojvoda – 5.5

The Kosovan was scarcely involved on the attacking phase, and had some difficulties in dealing with Chiesa, especially in the first half.

Tomas Rincon – 6

The general was a strong presence in midfield against his former side, and he could have opened the scoring early on when presented with an opportunity inside the box. Faded during the second half.

Rolando Mandragora – 6.5

An impressive performance from the former Juventus midfielder whose strike allowed Sanabria to equalize for Torino on the rebound. Pulled the strings in the middle of the park.

Cristian Ansaldi – 6

The Argentine veteran started the match brilliantly with some dazzling runs on the left, but was later pegged back by Cuadrado’s threatening overlaps.

Simone Verdi – 6.5

The former Bologna man played a major role in linking Davide Nicola’s lines. Was able to leave the Bianconeri players for dead at times with his cheeky tricks.

Antonio Sanabria – 7.5

The star of the night. The Paraguayan is finally proving his worth in Serie A. Reacted well on Szczesny’s weak save to head home on the rebound, before pouncing on a poor back-pass to give the hosts the lead seconds after the second half’s kickoff. Could have sealed a hattrick with a header late in the match.

Andrea Belotti – 6.5

Although il Gallo wasn’t involved in the goals, his influence was seen on the pitch, as he fought hard to win the ball and maintain it. A true captain’s performance.

Torino Substitutes 

Sasa Lukic – 6

The Serbian midfielder almost scored a late winner with a brilliant solo run.

Simone Zaza – N/A

Daniele Baselli – N/A

Antonio Sanabria is our man of the match for the derby clash between Torino and Juventus

Juventus XI

Wojciech Szczesny – 5.5

A night to forget for the Polish goalkeeper. His poor save on Mandragora’s shot allowed Sanabria to equalize the score, and was then beaten by the striker once again at his near post. Saved some grace with a solid late save on Baselli’s freekick.

Juan Cuadrado – 6

The Colombian seemed to be the visitors’ most threatening player at times, but allowed his anger to escape him as he could have been sent off for a reckless challenge in the second half.

Matthijs de Ligt – 5.5

The young Dutchman didn’t enjoy his best outing, and failed to close on Sanabria as the striker gave the lead to the hosts.

Giorgio Chiellini – 6

The captain was clumsy at times, and was beaten to the ball by Torino forwards on some occasions, but ended up providing the assist for Ronaldo which salvaged a point for Juventus.

Alex Sandro – 6.5

The Brazilian looked solid at the back as he blocked a dangerous shot by Rincon early on, and provided a good chance for Morata on the overlap, but his positive influence faded in the second half.

Danilo – 6

The former Real Madrid player was deployed as a defensive midfielder, and did the dirty work for Andrea Pirlo in the middle of the park.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 6

The Uruguayan international had a personal battle with Mandragora, and his performance improved with the passing minutes. Provided some diagonal balls for Cuadrado on the wing and almost won the match for his side, but his shot struck Sirigu’s post.

Dejan Kulusevski – 4.5

After his howler against Lazio, the Swedish international replicated the same mistake as his terrible back-pass found Sanabria, who immediately punished Juventus by giving the lead to Torino. Looked out of service for as long as he lasted, and had no idea where to place himself whenever Cuadrado went up for the overlaps.

Federico Chiesa – 6.5

A story of two halves for the former Fiorentina winger. Opened the scoring after a great linkup with Morata, and could have added another one or two during the first 45 minutes. Nonetheless, His danger diminished as his opponents camped inside their own areas after taking lead.

Alvaro Morata – 6

The Spaniard is yet another Juventus player who started strongly but failed to trouble the Torino defenses later on. Worked hard to maintain the ball and create something for his team early on, and provided the assist for Chiesa’s opener before disappearing in the second half.

Cristiano Ronaldo – 6

Although it was far from being his best performance, the Portuguese star salvaged a point for side with a close-range header. Could have scored more in the second half but was wasteful on a couple of occasions.

Juventus Substitutes 

Aaron Ramsey – 6

Linked-up well with Ronaldo on few occasions, and his introduction provided some much-needed energy in the middle.

Federico Bernardeschi – 4.5

His only memorable contribution to the match was a shameful dive inside the penalty area.

Adrien Rabiot – N/A

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