Juventus wastes chance to clinch title with 3-1 loss at Roma
May 15, 2017, 09:41
Needing only a point to claim their fifth straight Serie A crown, Roma shutdown Juve 3-1, postponing their title yet again. Their third opportunity to clinch the Scudetto comes next weekend at home to relegation-threatened Crotone.
The Old Lady slowly gained a foothold in the contest and they eventually took the lead thanks to Mario Lemina in the 21st minute, as the youngster tapped home to complete a wonderfully-worked move between Gonzalo Higuain and Stefano Sturaro.
But, an instant reply from Daniele De Rossi, then a 56 minute goal from El Shaarawy and Nainggolan's thunderstike mean Juve need four points from their last two games to be confirmed champions.
A corner by Miralem Pjanic - roundly jeered on his first match against his former side in the capital - was only cleared as far as Kwadwo Asamoah, who cracked a searing 20-yard drive against the upright.
Massimiliano Allegri's all-conquering team had hoped to sew up their record sixth successive Scudetto weeks ago, but back-to-back draws allowed Roma to keep the gap at seven points heading into the third last game of the season.
Roma did not take long to equalise, though. Following a wicked head by Kostas Manolas, which was deftly saved by Gianluigi Buffon, De Rossi was Johnny on the spot, taking two swipes at it, the first of which was toe poked away by Gigi, before finally putting it home.
"He's established himself as Roma's striker." - said Spalletti about Dzeko status.
"Juve started well and we went down a goal". A quick free-kick was worked to El Shaarawy on the left and his tame right-footed effort took a nick off Bonucci and somehow span beyond the helpless Buffon.
He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of Italian Serie A football live from the various match centres to the screens of our customers and subscribers with the Juventus and Roma encounter as one of the biggest at the Stadio Olimpico.
Higuain was kept out by the legs of Szczesny to ensure there were no such scenes of revelry for Juve as their wait to make history continues.
Rather than resting on their laurels, Roma kept pressing for a third goal, narrowing the pitch a bit rather than swinging it out wide, and while this approach wasn't directly related to what happened next, it was nevertheless a good in-game adjustment by Spalletti. Pescara-based politician Antonio Razzi has urged him to join the city's club, which will play in Serie B next season under Zdenek Zeman - the former Roma coach who made Totti captain nearly two decades ago.
- Juventus have had 16 different goalscorers this season, only Lazio (17) have more.
The last time Juventus conceded goal for three consecutive Serie A games was in December.
De Rossi was first to the loose ball, stabbing it goalwards, which Buffon parried but the Roma midfielder remained alert to squeeze the rebound inside the far post.
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