MILAN, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Juventus could only draw 0-0 with midtable Torino on Tuesday despite dominating the Turin derby.
Third-placed Juve, who had Pavel Nedved sent off for violent conduct in stoppage time, have endured an inconsistent February.
They are now three points behind AS Roma, who travel to leaders Inter Milan on Wednesday.
The first half was lively but Juve's Vincenzo Iaquinta had the only good opportunity when Matteo Sereni tipped over his strong header.
Juve coach Claudio Ranieri again opted for a front three at home, despite being without flu victim David Trezeguet, who scored the stoppage-time winner when Juve beat their rivals 1-0 in September.
Alessandro Del Piero, Raffaele Palladino and Iaquinta failed to really gel though, with Italy winger Mauro Camoranesi also looking unaccustomed to his central midfield role.
Del Piero had a second half effort and a free kick well saved by the excellent Sereni while Palladino was correctly flagged offside when he expertly netted. Iaquinta had three other half chances.
Alessandro Rosina hit the bar with a superb free kick but otherwise Torino, who drew 4-4 with Parma on Saturday, barely threatened Gianluigi Buffon. The keeper returned after missing the 2-1 defeat at lowly Reggina on Saturday with a back problem.
There was a small amount of trouble outside Turin's Stadio Olimpico but the derby was largely played in a good spirit before Nedved clashed with Torino players just before the final whistle.