Juventus had several chances to put the match beyond the reach of Torino, but had to rely on Pogba’s header in the 54th minute. The French international, signed on a free transfer from Manchester United prior to last season, found himself in the right place at the right time when a corner came flying in from the right.
Carlos Tevez rose to meet the ball and after his glancing header came off fellow striker Sebastian Giovinco, Pogba was on hand to nod the ball into the net past goalkeeper Daniele Padelli. Juventus, who face Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, should have scored more in a dominant second half when Tevez proved a constant threat.
The Argentinian international hit a superb first-time strike which brought a great diving save from Padelli. Montenegro striker Mirko Vucinic, who replaced Giovinco in the 74th minute, forced another diving save from the Torino ‘keeper six minutes from time.
Juventus’s fifth win in six games leaves them level on 16 points with leaders Napoli but second due to inferior goal difference.
Inter Milan were seven minutes from also going on to 16 points when Argentina striker Mauro Icardi gave them a 1-0 second half lead at Cagliari before Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan levelled for the home side in a 1-1 draw. The result keeps Inter fourth on 14 points, two back of Napoli and Juventus.
Elsewhere, rock bottom Sassuolo enjoyed a morale-boosting afternoon as they came back from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 home draw with Lazio while Cantania scored either side of half-time to ease past Chievo 2-0.
A 74th minutes penalty from Brazilian 21-year-old Jorginho was the difference in Verona’s 2-1 win over Livorno and Atalanta eased away from the relegation zone with a valuable 2-0 victory over Udinese.
Roma’s superb start to the season continued with a 5-0 rout of Bologna at the Olympic Stadium which restored their two-point cushion at the top of Serie A on Sunday.
Roma became the first team since Juventus in the 2005/06 season to win their opening six games and claimed their first victory with a margin of five goals or more since a 7-0 rout of Catania in November 2006.
A week after claiming his maiden goal for Rudi Garcia’s side, former Arsenal striker Gervinho starred again for the hosts hitting a brace with goals in either half. However it was Alessandro Florenzi who started the rout, beating Gianluca Curci from close range after a poor clearance from Miralem Pjanic’s free kick.
Ivorian Gervinho made it two when he picked up the ball in midfield and ran unchallenged past a static Bologna defence to beat Curci with a right-foot strike. Roma went in for the half-time interval 3-0 up after Mehdi Benatia bundled a left-foot volley past Curci from close range from Francesco Totti’s corner in the 25th minute.
Gervinho took his second just after the hour, this time collecting Kevin Strootman’s through ball on the left flank before turning his marker and beating Curci with a right-foot stike. It was Gervinho’s first brace since hitting two for Arsenal against Southampton 13 months ago.
Second-half substitute Adem Ljajic completed the rout when he sent a delightful chip past Curci in the 85th minute.