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  • Juventus 4 Torino 0: Dybala stars again ...

    Paulo Dybala continued his scintillating form as his double helped Juventus thrash 10-man rivals Torino 4-0 in the first Derby della Mole of the Serie A season. Juve's mercurial number 10 got his first 16 minutes into Saturday's encounter at the Allianz Stadium, guiding home the...

    Juventus 4 Torino 0: Dybala stars again in rampant derby victory

    Paulo Dybala continued his scintillating form as his double helped Juventus thrash 10-man rivals Torino 4-0 in the first Derby della Mole of the Serie A season. Juve's mercurial number 10 got his first 16 minutes into Saturday's encounter at the Allianz Stadium, guiding home the opener in typically composed fashion. With Torino's misery compounded by Daniele Baselli's dismissal midway through the first half, Massimiliano Allegri's men were soon hitting their stride - Miralem Pjanic's exquisite strike doubling their tally prior to the interval. Alex Sandro was the next to get in on the act with a powerful header early in the second half, before Dybala made it 10 goals in six league matches this season with a stoppage-time strike that put the icing on the cake. Salvatore Sirigu had tried to keep the scoreline respectable with a string of quality saves, though it was merely a matter of damage limitation as the defending champions continued their 100 per cent start in the league. It is a win that keeps Juve level with pace-setters Napoli at the top of Serie A and Allegri's focus will now switch to getting his side's Champions League campaign back on track against Olympiacos on Wednesday. Juve wasted no time in getting on the front foot, as Mario Mandzukic - replacing the out-of-form Gonzalo Higuain up front - was denied by Lyanco's last-ditch tackle inside 30 seconds. The visitors' centre-back was in the thick of the action again moments later with a slack back-pass that almost caught out Sirigu, before Juan Cuadrado went close at the culmination of a driving run from the right. Torino threatened when a desperate block from Giorgio Chiellini prevented Iago Falque's strike reaching its target, but parity did not last much longer as the hosts took the lead. Pjanic nipped in to rob Baselli of possession - Dybala latching onto the loose ball and proceeding to drill a low finish into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area. Matters went from bad to worse for Baselli and Torino just eight minutes later, the midfielder picking up his second yellow card for a ridiculous lunge on Pjanic, having earlier been booked for tugging back Dybala. Juve did not let up, and after Lycano's goal-line clearance denied Cuadrado, the hosts had their second five minutes before the break - Pjanic curling in a sublime 20-yard strike that gave Sirigu no chance after being teed up by the Colombia international. Pjanic turned provider for the second time 12 minutes after the restart, whipping in a wonderful corner that Alex Sandro turned home with a thumping header. Medhi Benatia should have added a fourth as Juve teased Sinisa Mihajlovic's deflated side, but Sirigu pulled off a superb stop to deny the defender from close range. Sirigu had to be at his best again with Juve bombarding his goal, managing to keep out a flurry of attempts from substitute Federico Bernadeschi, Mandzukic and Douglas Costa. But Torino's goalkeeper would be beaten four a fourth time in the first minute of stoppage time, Dybala lofting in a delicate finish after connecting with a flick from Higuain, who had come off the bench, as Juve added further gloss to an emphatic victory. Key Opta Stats: - For the first time in Serie A history, two sides – Juventus and Napoli – have won each of their opening six fixtures. - Since 1994-95, Paulo Dybala is the first player who has managed to score 10 goals in the first six games of a Serie A season. - Juventus have won each of their opening six Serie A games for the eighth time – in the previous seven occasions they ended the season top of the table (including season 2005-06, when the title was then revoked). - Juventus' last home defeat against Torino in Serie A came in April 1995 – since then, they have won nine times and drawn three. - The last time Juventus won a derby in Serie A by a four-goal margin was in November 2002. - Miralem Pjanic ended a 23-game scoring drought in Serie A: his previous goal also came against Torino, in December 2016. - In fact, Torino are Pjanic’s favourite opponent in Serie A (four goals scored). - There have been four red cards in the last five Turin derbies in all competitions – three of these were for Torino players. This was Daniele Baselli's first red card in Serie A.

  • Alex Sandro replaces Marcelo in Brazil s...

    Alex Sandro has been called up to the Brazil squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers in place of the injured Marcelo. The Real Madrid full-back suffered a hamstring tear in Wednesday's shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis and is expected to be out of action for at least a month. ...

    Alex Sandro replaces Marcelo in Brazil squad

    Alex Sandro has been called up to the Brazil squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers in place of the injured Marcelo. The Real Madrid full-back suffered a hamstring tear in Wednesday's shock 1-0 defeat to Real Betis and is expected to be out of action for at least a month. READ MORE:  What did Tite learn from WCQ?  | Willian states Brazil case  | Tite explains Brazil squad And the former Porto man will now join the Selecao for matches against Bolivia and Chile. "Alex Sandro was called up on Friday for the Brazilian national team's next two matches," the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement. "Real Madrid were very thoughtful and sent over medical reports of tests carried out on Marcelo. After analysing them, the need for a longer recovery period was clear, which prevents his participation in the next matches." Brazil, who have already qualified for next year's finals in Russia, face Bolivia in La Paz on October 5 before hosting Chile five days later in Sao Paulo.

  • Mourinho misses out as Allegri, Conte an...

    Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been named as the finalists for the Best FIFA Coach of the Year award. The final three were cut down from an initial list of 10, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, boss of rivals Manchester...

    Mourinho misses out as Allegri, Conte and Zidane battle for Best FIFA Coach of the Year

    Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been named as the finalists for the Best FIFA Coach of the Year award. The final three were cut down from an initial list of 10, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, boss of rivals Manchester City, among the names to be dropped. Chelsea 5/1 to win Premier League Juventus head coach Allegri won Serie A and the Coppa Italia last season, with defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final denying him a historic treble. Zidane led that Madrid side, who also triumphed in La Liga, while Conte tasted Premier League glory in his first season in England, having taken over a side who had ended the previous campaign in 10th place. As well as Mourinho and Guardiola, the other bosses initially nominated to subsequently miss out on the final three are Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Leonardo Jardim, Joachim Low, Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone and Tite. Claudio Ranieri was named Best FIFA Coach of the Year in 2016 after Leicester City's stunning Premier League triumph, with Zidane and Portugal's Fernando Santos the other finalists. Also announced on Friday were the 10 nominations for the Puskas award for the best goal of 2017, which will be decided by a fan vote.  Kevin-Prince Boateng, Alejandro Camargo, Denya Castellanos, Moussa Dembele, Olivier Giroud, Aviles Hurtado, Mario Mandzukic, Oscarine Masuluke, Nemanja Matic and Jordi Mboula will have spectacular efforts put to a public vote. The finalists for the best goalkeeper award are Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas and Manuel Neuer. FIFA's Fan Award finalists are Borussia Dortmund, Celtic and Copenhagen, while the best women's player will be between Castellanos, last year's winner Carli Lloyd and Lieke Martens. The top women's coach will be battled out between Nils Neilsen, Gerard Precheur and Sarina Weigman, with award winners announced on October 23 at a ceremony in London.

  • Allegri has faith in misfiring Higuain a...

    Juventus have "total faith" in Gonzalo Higuain during a slow start to the season for the star striker, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri. Higuain, signed from Napoli for €90 million in July 2016, has netted just twice from seven appearances in all competitions for Juve ear...

    Allegri has faith in misfiring Higuain ahead of Turin derby

    Juventus have "total faith" in Gonzalo Higuain during a slow start to the season for the star striker, according to coach Massimiliano Allegri. Higuain, signed from Napoli for €90 million in July 2016, has netted just twice from seven appearances in all competitions for Juve early in 2017-18. He fired blanks in a 3-0 Champions League loss at Barcelona and also failed to hit the back of the net as the Scudetto holders defeated Sassuolo away and Fiorentina at home in Serie A. Allegri, though, has no concerns about the Argentina international ahead of the derby against Torino on Saturday. "The most important thing is that Higuain has total faith from his team-mates, the coach, the club and the fans," he told a news conference. "These periods happen to every striker when the ball doesn't go in for two or three games, but he will break through. "He played well on Wednesday night [against Fiorentina]."  Higuain 33/1 to be CL top scorer Torino, who finished ninth last term, have made a strong start to this campaign, winning three and drawing two of their first five leagues matches, leaving Allegri wary of Sinisa Mihajlovic's side. "The Derby della Mole is always a special game for the city and the fans," he said. "It's twice as important for us, because it's a derby and worth three points, so we must win. "Torino are much stronger than they have been in the past, but Juve have good defenders who can counter the technical quality of their players. This season they brought in more solid players in defence and midfield too. "Torino were already strong last season and have been completed with players suited to their character, like Tomas Rincon, Cristian Ansaldi and M'Baye Niang, so they can target a top-six finish." Juve have dominated Italian football under Allegri and his predecessor Antonio Conte but have fallen short in the Champions League, losing the 2015 and 2017 finals to Barca and Real Madrid respectively. Nevertheless, the coach has insisted Serie A remains the Bianconeri's primary focus. "The fans were close to us on Wednesday, as they always are, but it must be clear that winning [the league] is not normal," he said. "It is always extraordinary and with each year that passes, winning becomes even more difficult. "Each season is different to the last and for us winning a seventh consecutive Scudetto must become the primary objective, because nobody has done that other than Lyon," he added, referring to the French side's streak of Ligue 1 triumphs between 2002 and 2008.  "We need enthusiasm in the club, the squad and the fans, because that's only right. That's how it should be." Allegri confirmed that Benedikt Howedes and Mattia De Sciglio will miss out due to injury, but Sami Khedira is available and off-season recruits Blaise Matuidi and Federico Bernardeschi are in contention for a place in the starting XI. Defender Andrea Barzagli will be rested. 

  • 'Was that when you were good?' - Szczesn...

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has brutally trolled midfielder Jack Wilshere! The Gunners midfielder, who has made his first-team comeback for the club after spending last season at Bournemouth, posted a picture on Instagram of himself from his "digs days", when he ...

    'Was that when you were good?' - Szczesny brutally trolls Wilshere over career dip

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has brutally trolled midfielder Jack Wilshere! The Gunners midfielder, who has made his first-team comeback for the club after spending last season at Bournemouth, posted a picture on Instagram of himself from his "digs days", when he was sharing a house with the Pole. Arsenal 11/2 to beat West Brom 2-0 “TBT to the digs days and living with the mad man Wojciech Szczesny," he wrote. “Can’t believe he let me have my hair like this.”         While he used the hashtag #stillbetterlookingthanhim, it was Szczesny who had the last laugh, replying: "Was that when you were still good at football?" A number of fans commented on the burn, crowning the Juventus goalkeeper as the winner of the exchange.

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