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Amauri fires Juve to vital derby victory, easing pressure on coach

Amauri fires Juve to vital derby victory, easing pressure on coach

Juventus eased the pressure on under-fire coach Claudio Ranieri with a vital 1-0 victory at home to Torino in the Turin derby on Saturday.
Meanwhile Catania missed the chance to go top of Serie A, for 24 hours at least, as they drew 1-1 at Siena.
Brazilian striker Amauri was the Juve match winner as the Italian giants ended a run of four Serie A matches without a victory and moved up into the top half of the table, until Sunday at least.
Torino lost for the fourth match in a row and remain just above the relegation zone, although they deserved something from this game.
Tellingly, though, Juve celebrated wildly after the final whistle, hardly behavior befitting one of the continent's giants following a 1-0 home success over a team fourth from bottom.
Although coupled with Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League, it's been a good week for the Old Lady of Turin.
"It's been a great week and now the winning goal in the derby," enthused Amauri. "It feels like a dream. I'm happy that Juve are back to their old selves again.
"Now we can't slacken one bit, if you slacken the others will jump all over you. We have to stay on track to achieve our objectives which are (winning) the title and hopefully the Champions League."
Juventus had the better of a largely uneventful first half with Marco Marchionni twice denied by Alex Calderoni in the visitors goal.
Even so, the best chance of the half fell to Torino's Rolando Bianchi after a mistake by Juve keeper Alex Manninger, but the former Manchester City forward failed to find the target.
Juve sprang out of the traps early in the second half with Amauri out-pacing his marker before shooting under Calderoni's body from an angle.
The hosts mental frailty was exposed thereafter, though, as they clung on desperately to what they had.
Torino pushed forward but failed to work Manninger despite creating some good opportunities.
Juve defended solidly with Nicola Legrottaglie denying Bianchi while Elvis Abbruscato and Nicola Amoruso were off target with headers from good positions.


Updated : 2021-04-19 06:09 GMT+08:00