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Juventus 1-3 Roma: Serie A champions lift the trophy despite defeat

Juventus 1-3 Roma: Serie A champions lift the trophy despite home defeat as Cristiano Ronaldo is left out of Maurizio Sarri’s squad entirely

  • Serie A champions Juventus suffered their first home league defeat in two years
  • The Turin side were last beaten on their own ground in Serie A by Napoli in 2018
  • Juventus have lost both their games since clinching the title one week ago
  • Juventus host Olympique Lyonnais in their Champions League round of 16 tie

Juventus lifted the Serie A trophy despite suffering their first home league defeat for over two years as they finished the season by losing 3-1 against AS Roma on Saturday.

The Turin side, last beaten on their own ground in a Serie A match by Napoli in April 2018, have lost both their games since clinching the title one week ago and finished the campaign with 83 points, one ahead of Inter Milan.

Juventus, who host Olympique Lyonnais in a Champions League round of 16, second leg on Friday, rested several regulars including Cristiano Ronaldo but went ahead with a Gonzalo Higuain goal in the fifth minute.

Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini and Juventus’ Leonardo Bonucci hold up the trophy on Saturday

Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo poses with the trophy as his team-mates celebrate on the night

Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri poses for a photograph as he holds the trophy

Diego Perotti of AS Roma celebrates his second goal with his team-mates on Saturday night

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Danilo, Bonucci, Rugani, Frabotta; Rabiot, Bricklayer, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Higuain, Zanimacchia 

Subs: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Cuadrado, Demiral, Wesley, Ramsey, Bentancur, Peeters, Olivieri, Vrioni. 

Roma XI: Fuzato; Fazio, Ibanez, Smalling; Zappacosta, Villar, Cristante, Calafiori; Zaniolo, Perotti; Kalinic.

Subs: Pau Lopez, Jesus, Dzeko, Kolarov, Cetin, Under, Santon, Perez, Diawara, Mkhitaryan, Kluivert. 

 

 

Nikola Kalinic headed Roma level and Diego Perotti put the visitors ahead from a penalty before halftime. Perotti added the third in the 52nd minute following a dazzling run by Nicolo Zaniolo.  

The result clearly wasn’t important for Juventus as they lifted the trophy after the game. 

They did start the game the better side as Adrien Rabiot flicked it on and Gonzalo Higuain turned in at the back post unmarked to give Juventus the lead.

However, Roma got into the game as time wore on, Davide Zappacosta going close after a counter-attack, then on the resulting Perotti corner, Kalinic got in front of Daniele Rugani for the header.

Juve youth team player Frabotta hit a ferocious angled drive inches wide, then Calafiori thought he’d marked his Serie A debut with a magnificent goal, his ferocious right-foot volley – his weaker foot – but the ball had already gone out of play on the corner, so it didn’t count.

Calafiori did win a penalty soon after, as he cut back and somewhat ran into Danilo, but the referee ruled it to be a foul. Perotti stepped up and converted successfully, although his former teammate Wojciech Szczesny nearly got to it.

Zaniolo almost made it three, testing Szczesny with a sudden snapshot, who then had to fingertip a deflected Kalinic strike out from under the bar.

Zaniolo created the third with a magnificent run from midfield, shaking off a crowd of defenders who tried to hold him back and setting up Perotti to finish it off.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench and almost got one back immediately, but his snapshot only found the upright with Fuzato beaten.

Perotti scored a penalty during the Italian Serie A match against Juventus at the Allianz

Nikola Kalinic celebrates scoring their first goal as play resumed behind closed doors in Italy

Higuain gave the Serie A champions the lead but found themselves behind at half-time




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