Juventus 1 Torino 1: Last-gasp Higuain strike cancels out Ljajic stunner

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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.

With three matches to play Juventus have 85 points, eight ahead of Napoli who earlier beat Cagliari 3-1.

Napoli, only one point behind in third place, will move into the league's second automatic Champions League qualifying spot with a win at home to Cagliari on Saturday.

Miralem Pjanic flicked the ball to Higuain on the edge of the area and the Argentina worldwide fired a right-footed strike into the bottom left corner.

"Just as I could see that he took the ball cleanly, the fourth official should have seen it too", Mihajlovic said.

The Ghanaian midfielder was harshly booked for a foul on Paulo Dybala in the first half and replays showed that he played the ball when he was booked again for a tackle on Mario Mandzukic.

With an eye on the return leg against Monaco on Wednesday morning, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri is set to rest key players such as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon against Torino. "It was one of the games of the season, it was frantic from the start".

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

It was the Belgium international's 30th goal of the season.

Juventus spurned a slew of chances with Leonardo Bonucci smashing into the stands from six yards out, following Medhi Benatia's header hitting the crossbar.

Massimo Allegri compared Torino with their last opponents: "Torino are a similar side to Atalanta and Monaco in that they also play a direct style of play and they've players blessed with pace and who are strong technically".

Mertens took less than two minutes to celebrate his birthday with the opening goal, getting in front of his marker to fire home Faouzi Ghoulam's cross for Napoli's 100th goal in all competitions.

Lorenzo Insigne added Napoli's third goal in the 62nd minute, while Diego Farias netted a consolation for the visitors in stoppage time.

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