MILAN (AP) — Carloz Tevez struck again to help Juventus beat Torino 1-0 in the Turin derby on Sunday as Antonio Conte's side maintained its charge to a third straight Serie A title.
Tevez scored on the half hour mark, although Torino will feel aggrieved not to have been awarded a late penalty when Omar El Kaddouri appeared to be tripped by Andrea Pirlo.
"It was a penalty on El Kaddouri," Torino coach Giampiero Ventura said. "It's disappointing because if (referee Nicola) Rizzoli had seen the penalty maybe we would have witnessed a different game. If we had drawn today it would have been a fair result."
It was Tevez's 13th goal of the season and sees him move level with Giuseppe Rossi at the top of the goalscoring table. The Fiorentina striker was injured at the beginning of January and is out for the rest of the season.
Juventus moved nine points ahead of second-placed Roma, which has a game in hand.
"It wasn't easy," Conte said. "But we conceded very little to Torino. There was contact but fortunately the referee chose well.
"We were calmer last year. Behind us we have a team like Roma, which is more dangerous that Napoli was last year. They don't make mistakes, they have enthusiasm and desire."
In the race for the final Europa League spot, Torino slipped four points below fifth-placed Inter Milan which could only draw 1-1 at home to relegation-threatened Cagliari.
Hellas Verona almost squandered a three-goal lead but held on to win 3-2 at struggling Livorno and moved a point behind Inter. Luca Toni scored his 12th of the season for Verona.
Elsewhere, AC Milan recovered from its disappointing Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid by winning 2-0 at Sampdoria, which had former Rossoneri striker Maxi Lopez sent off. New signings Adel Taarabt and Adil Rami both scored their second Milan goals.
Also, Chievo Verona beat Catania 2-0 in a relegation fight and Udinese drew 1-1 against Atalanta.
In the evening match, bottom club Sassuolo levelled twice — including one equalizer by former Lazio striker Sergio Floccari — but lost 3-2 at Lazio.
Stefano Radu struck twice for Lazio, including a stunning opener off the inside of the post from more than 30 meters (yards).
Juventus had won all 12 of its home league matches this season and hadn't lost in the derby since 1995 — a run of 15 matches.