AS Roma and Juventus fought a battle to … find themselves behind the backs of the leaders. Before the 21st matchday, both teams were adjacent in the table. It was known that the winner of the meeting would sit right behind the backs of the top four and increase their hopes of joining her.
The hosts created the first dangerous action. Tammy Abraham tried to head a shot to defeat Wojciech Szczęsny, but the Polish goalkeeper was at the post. What he failed in the 7th minute took effect four minutes later. Abraham received very bad coverage after a corner kick. He headed the shot into the goal, and Szczęsny could only watch the ball go to the net.
Roma wanted to follow the blow. In the 15th minute, Lorenzo Pellegrini played the ball in the penalty area, which hit Matthijs de Ligt’s hand. The judge decided not to dictate eleven. Juvnetus wasn’t going to give up. The equalization, however, might have surprised the hosts, as there was no sign of it before. Federico Chiesa played the ball across the field, Paulo Dybala got it and decided to spin it. The ball fell into the goal at the very post.
It was 1-1, but Roma still had the advantage. It was expressed in shots and corner kicks. In stoppage time, Chris Smalling tried to head the ball into the goal but was blocked. AS Roma scolded the Old Lady at the beginning of the second half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided to strike from outside the penalty area. The ball on the way bounced off one of the Juve defenders and hit the goal over the head of the confused Szczęsny.
The hosts did not stop there. In the 53rd minute, Lorenzo Pellegrini did something amazing. He hit the ball in such a way from the free kick that it fell perfectly into the visitors’ goal window. Juventus managed to respond, however. In the 70th minute, Alvaro Morata performed a great action on the wing, and Manuel Locatelli turned his cross with a header shot into a goal.
In a moment Juve rushed with another action and the ball was again in the net. In the sub-goal confusion, Locatelli scored the ball, and Dejan Kulusevski hit the goal. The referee initially signaled an offside position. The VAR analysis prompted him to change his mind. Fans have not yet come to terms with the fact that there is a draw, and in a moment Juve took the lead. Bryan Cristante gave in from the side of the penalty area, and Mattia De Sciglio, rushing on goal, ended the action with an atomic shot at the very post. Roma released two goals in advance.
When it seemed that the excitement was over, de Ligt once again tapped his hand in the penalty area. This time the referee dictated a penalty kick and additionally showed the Dutchman a red card. Roma, however, failed to compensate. Pellegrini hit the ball so much from the penalty spot that Szczęsny hit the ball. The unfortunate shooter did not show off with a good shot. Juventus brought an amazing win to the end.
It was also interesting in the second match, played on Sunday evening. Spezia Calcio with Jakub Kiwior and Arkadiusz Reca won the away game against Genoa CFC 1-0. In the 24th minute, the hosts’ players kicked the ball from the goal line after the shot of the second Polish player mentioned here.
AS Roma – Juventus Turin 3: 4 (1: 1)
Goals: Abraham (11), Mkhitarjan (48), Lorenzo Pellegrini (53) – Dybala (18), Locatelli (70)
Red card: de Ligt
Yellow cards: Veretout, Ibañez – Cuadrado, de Ligt, Locatelli
AS Roma: Patrício – Ibañez, Cristante, Smalling – Lorenzo Pellegrini, Veretout, Mchitarjan, Viña, Afena-Gyan – T. Abraham, Spinazzola.
Juventus FC: Szczęsny – Cuadrado, de Ligt, Rugani, De Sciglio – McKennie, Locatelli, Bentancur (64th Arthur) – Dybala (82nd Chiellini), Kean (64th Morata), Chiesa (32nd Kulusevski)
Genoa CFC – Spezia Calcio 0: 1 (0: 1)
Goals: Bastoni (14)