Juventus edged out Roma in a seven-goal thriller to go fifth in Serie A.
Juventus defeated Roma 4-3 in their Serie A game on Sunday. The Bianconeri came back from behind to secure a vital victory while Roma remained winless for the third consecutive game.
A Serie A spectacle!
Juventus started the game with dominance as they kept Jose Mourinho’s side under pressure early on. However, it was Roma who opened the scoring through Tammy Abraham in the 11th minute.
However, it didn’t take Juventus too long to figure out a way behind Roma’s compact backline. Following an assist from Federico Chiesa, Paulo Dybala scored the equalizer with a precise shot from the edge of the box.
Both sides remained cautious of each other’s counter-attacks for the remainder of the first half. However, just like the first half, Roma found great dominance at the beginning of the second period.
The Giallorossi took the lead again through Henrikh Mkhitaryan only three minutes after the interval. The hosts then doubled their lead when Lorenzo Pellegrini scored a stunning free-kick in the 53rd minute.
Following Roma’s third goal, Juventus became more aggressive in their search to score the second goal. Manuel Locatelli brought Massimiliano Allegri’s side back into the game as he scored their second goal in the 70th minute. Only two minutes later, Dejan Kulusevski scored the equalizer for Juventus through a deflected shot that was allowed by VAR.
The guests stunned Roma as they completed their wonderful comeback only five minutes later. Following a half-cleared shot from Dybala, Mattia De Sciglio volleyed the ball into the bottom-left corner.
Roma pushed hard to avoid the painful defeat during the final ten minutes. They came the closest when a handball from Matthijs de Ligt resulted in a penalty in the 82nd minute. The referee sent the Dutchman off with a second yellow card as Roma were ready to bounce back.
However, Pellegrini failed to convert the penalty as Wojciech Szczęsny made a great save to deny him. It was enough for Bianconeri to win the tense match at Stadio Olimpico.
The victory sends Juventus to fifth place on the table. The Bianconeri will now prepare to face Inter in the Supercoppa on Thursday.
On the other hand, Jose Mourinho’s side slipped to eighth place after suffering back-to-back defeats. Next up for Roma is a Serie A game against Cagliari next Monday.
Roma: Patricio (5); Ibanez (5), Cristante (6), Smalling (5); Maitland-Niles (6), Pellegrini (7), Veretout (7), Mkhitaryan (7), Vina (6); Abraham (8), Afena-Gyan (6).
Bench: Shomurodov (5), Mayoral (6), Perez (6).
Juventus: Szczesny (7); Cuadrado (6), De Ligt (4), Rugani (6), De Sciglio (7); McKennie (6), Locatelli (7), Bentancur (6); Dybala (7), Keane (5), Chiesa (6).
Bench: Kulusevski (7), Morata (7), Chiellini (6), Arthur (6).
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