Juventus salvage draw with Torino at home; Napoli go second with win

However, Torino succeeded in ending Juve's run of 33 successive home league wins and denied them the chance to wrap up the title this weekend.

Higuain stepped off the bench to fire the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area in stoppage time and keep Juve eight points clear of Napoli as they seek a sixth straight title.

But Sinisa Mihajlovic's visitors lost midfielder Afriyie Acquah in the 57th minute after he was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Napoli moved two points clear of Roma, who slipped into third, ahead of their match with AC Milan on Sunday.

Torino went down to 10 men when Acquah was shown a second yellow card for a sliding tackle on Mario Mandzukic, despite getting the ball.

"It's unlikely that Marchisio will play against Torino, but Claudio's physical condition has improved immeasurably over the last two weeks and so I'm delighted for him." - said Allegri in his Press conference.

In addition to that, Juventus will play the Champions League semi-finals second leg against Monaco at home next week after beating the Ligue1 table leaders for 2-0 three days ago.

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Dustin Pedroia, still injured, apologized for something he didn't do. "That's not how you do that", Pedroia told reporters. OF Joey Rickard (sprained finger) took soft-toss swings in a session manager Buck Showalter called "very encouraging".

Torino took a shock lead when Ljajic floated a ideal free kick over the wall and in off the underside of the crossbar, leaving Norberto Neto stranded.

Both are tied at the top on 25 goals, with Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) on 24 and Higuain still in contention, a year after triumphing thanks to a new Serie A record of 36 goals, on 23 so far this season.

Juventus continued to waste chances, forcing coach Massimiliano Allegri to send on Higuain, whom he was resting for the Champions League semifinal against Monaco on Tuesday.

Make no mistake about it, full-backs are becoming arguably the most important players on the pitch in the modern game.

Dries Mertens celebrated his 30th birthday by scoring twice to lead Napoli to victory, taking his tally for the season to 30 goals in all competitions.

Lorenzo Insigne scored the third and Diego Farias replied for outclassed Cagliari as Napoli moved up to second place on 77 points.

  • Regina Holmes