Juve on brink of 29th Scudetto after late derby win over Torino

Arturo Vidal celebrates with coach Antonio Conte after opening the scoring for Juventus against Torino.

Story highlights

  • Juventus beat Torino 2-0 in city derby at Stadio Olimpico
  • Late goals from Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio
  • Juventus need a single point to retain Serie A title
  • Mario Balotelli scores as AC Milan beat Catania 4-2

Juventus need just a single point to clinch their 29th Scudetto title after a pair of late goals gave them a 2-0 derby win over Torino Sunday.

Arturo Vidal and Claudio Marchisio broke the deadlock with strikes inside the last four minutes at the Stadio Olimpico to leave Juve 11 points clear of second placed Napoli with four rounds remaining in Italy.

Torino ended the match with 10 men when Polish defender Kamil Glik was shown red in injury time for a second bookable offense to complete the dubious double of being sent off in both local derbies, both won by the league leaders and defending champions.

But Torino had played their part in an entertaining match played in appalling conditions and came close to taking a shock first half lead when Argentine midfielder Mario Santana saw his 20 meter strike kept out by by Gianluigi Buffon.

Juve's pressure finally paid in the 86th minute when Vidal crashed home a shot from just outside the area.

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Local boy Marchisio wrapped up the three points when he converted after Fabio Quagliarella had headed across the face of goal.

Chilean star Vidal, who was scoring his fourth goal in three games, paid tribute to their opponents after the final whistle.

"It was a difficult game. Torino played well and proved to be very well prepared tactically. It was tough, as it always is in derby matches," he told the official Juventus website.

"It was vital to win today, there's really not long to go now. But there's still one point to get so we have to keep preparing well and then play a great game against Palermo. After that, we can celebrate," he added.

AC Milan later beat Catania 4-2 to maintain a one-point lead over Fiorentina in third place.

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Milan, welcoming back Mario Balotelli after a recent ban, were twice behind but hit back in the second half with two goals from Giampaolo Pazzini. Balotelli rounded off the scoring with a late penalty.

Fiorentina had kept the pressure up with a fine 3-0 away win at Sampdoria to keep up their bid for a Champions League place.

Inter Milan suffered a 13th defeat of the season as they lost 1-0 defeat to struggling Palermo. It left them in seventh and effectively ended their hopes of Champions League football next season.

Pablo Osvaldo scored a hat-trick and Erik Lamela grabbed the other as Roma thrashed Siena 4-0.

In Spain's La Liga, Real Sociedad strengthened their grip on the fourth Champions League spot with a superb 4-2 home win over fellow challengers Valencia.

It has left them five points clear of Malaga, who beat Getafe 2-1 in an earlier match, and Valencia who had taken an early lead through Roberto Soldado before Sociedad hit back.

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