Juventus have beaten AS Roma 4-3 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening. The Bianconeri were 3-1 down but fought back and took the lead in not even 10 minutes time. Juve stay in 5th place and beat a direct competitor for the Champions League spots. Max Statman gives you a quick breakdown and player ratings.
With Max Allegri suspended, Marco Landucci was coaching Juventus from the sidelines. He can’t be too happy about the Bianconeri’s start of the match, because Roma had the upper hand early on. Pellegrini picked out Smalling from a corner, who headed it towards Abraham. The English striker was unable to beat Szczesny. The same couldn’t be said a couple minutes later. Abraham headed in Veretout’s corner and beat Szczesny at the far post after 11 minutes.
Roma claimed a handball from De Ligt, but after a VAR check there was no penalty given. A moment of class by Dybala in the 18th minute gave Juve the equalizer. Chiesa made a good run and gave the ball to Dybala, who curled it in the left bottom corner. A fabulous goal by the Argentine.
Chiesa limps off
Chiesa got side tackled by Smalling, but was able to continue. The Italian winger went down again a couple minutes later and was replaced by Kulusevski after 32 minutes. It didn’t look great for Chiesa, who had returned from an injury not too long ago.
There were big chances for both teams before halftime. Kulusveski headed a De Sciglio cross wide. He could have made more of the opportunity. The Pellegrini-Smalling-Abraham combination caused trouble once again, but this time it hit Abraham’s knee and went over.
The second half couldn’t have started any worse. Mkhitaryan made it 2-1 after 3 minutes. His shot got touched by De Sciglio and left Szczesny chanceless. Roma made it 3-1 shortly after. De Ligt, in the eyes of the referee, fouled Afena-Gyan to stop a counter. The following free kick by Pellegrini was pitch perfect.
Locatelli put Juve back in the match in the 70th minute. Morata passed Ibanez and delivered it to Locatelli, who headed it in. Juve would equalize 4 minutes later. Cuadrado headed it towards Morata, who’s shot got blocked by Smalling. It fell to Kulusevski and the Swedish midfielder scored. The goal was disallowed at first, but stood after VAR intervention.
Things got even crazier. Smalling was unable to clear the ball. De Sciglio benefited and smashed it in at the near post. Juventus went from 3-1 down to 4-3 up in 7 minutes.
The game took yet another turn. The game was abruptly stopped and referee Massa was called to the screen by VAR. Apparently De Ligt blocked Abraham’s volley with his arm. There wasn’t much De Ligt could have done about it, but the penalty was given anyway. He got his second yellow for it as well. Pellegrini stepped up to complete his brace, but Szczesny it and secured the three points for Juve.
Cuadrado 5, De Ligt 5.5, Rugani 5, De Sciglio 6;
Bentancur 4.5, Locatelli 6.5;
McKennie 6, Dybala 7, Chiesa 6.5;
Substitutes: Kulusevski 6, Morata 6.5, Arthur 6, Chiellini (-)