Fourth consecutive victory in the league for the bianconeri, who outnumber Mourinho’s team. Szczesny rejects a penalty beaten by the French. Season debut for Arthur
Juve confirms its positive tradition against Roma and wins 1-0 at the Allianz Stadium. Match winner of the match Kean, scored in the 16 ‘of the first half. The bianconeri thus achieved the fourth victory in a row in the league, a series that Pirlo never managed in the last championship. A positive streak that had been missing since July 2020. And another clean sheet is added to the victory, the second in a row after 20 consecutive games in which Juve had conceded at least one goal. The bianconeri thus move to one point behind Rome, but also three points behind Inter and next Sunday there will be a direct match.
Kean and Szczesny decisive
For a Dybala that sees recovery times lengthen there is an Abraham protagonist instead of a lightning recovery. Roma thus deploys the typical formation, with Cristante-Veretout dam in the middle and the trio Zaniolo-Pellegrini-Mkitaryan behind the English striker. Allegri among the South Americans leaves Alex Sandro alone, replaced by De Sciglio, with Kean together with Chiesa in front and Bernardeschi taking the place of Rabiot. The first ring is his, but it is Rome that becomes more dangerous, after 6 minutes, with Szczesny rejecting a header from Mancini almost from the baseline. Roma insists forward, Juve closes, not without some trouble, especially on the pair of mobility and dynamism composed of Pellegrini-Zaniolo. But in the 16th minute it was Juve that passed: Cuadrado changed his game and caught De Sciglio forward, ready for his cross, with Bentancur hitting his head and the ball hitting Kean’s forehead and ending up in the net. After a few minutes Zaniolo complains of pain (a problem in his left knee), tries to stay on the field but can’t make it, and on 26 ‘El Shaarawi takes his place, with Mkhitaryan moving to the right. Juve are not very bright, but attentive and focused, Roma lost Zaniolo’s inspiration and slowed down the pace. The game thus experiences long phases in midfield and prolonged dribbles often with his back to the goal, which end in imprecise forward throws. The first flash of Roma after the disadvantage is a header by Abraham on which Szczesny has no problems. The Englishman will again start on the counterattack in the action that leads to the penalty in favor of Mourinho’s team: foul by Szczesny (yellow card) on Mkhitaryan, the Var confirms Orsato’s decision and the goalkeeper rejects Veretout’s shot from the spot ( controversy over the advantage not granted by the referee).
The return of Arthur
The second half opens with a mini show by De Sciglio: first he invents an assist for a nice but central overhead kick by Bernardeschi, on which Rui Patricio rejects and Kean sends up the possible tap-in. Then the defender, one of the brightest of his, tries the personal conclusion, just missing the target. A contact between Chiellini and Pellegrini in the area lights up some sparks, but it is the Giallorossi who commits a foul. The two teams are blocked, the game is fragmented and not very fluid. Juve focuses on ball possession and thinking, letting the minutes pass. After a good start, Roma lost inspiration and rhythm. Bernardeschi tries with a left from outside that does not find the mirror. It is the answer to Allegri who in recent days had said that he should not have been satisfied. Veretout tries to make up for it with a shot from distance, on the side. Roma are lively and still in the game, Juve resist with dignified suffering. At 71 ‘Morata and Kulusevski enter for Kean and Chiesa, to give the team some oxygen. However, it is Vina who becomes dangerous, with Chiellini decisive in closing the corner. At 76 ‘Arthur made his seasonal debut, sent to replace Bernardeschi and do some density in midfield. In Rome, Shomurodov takes the place of Veretout, whom Mourinho greets with a consoling gesture. Roma attack with their heads down, Juve resist in the trenches. Two minutes from the end Alex Sandro replaces De Sciglio, who comes out to the thunderous applause of the Allianz, while Mourinho explodes when Orsato establishes that there would be three minutes of recovery. And in the meantime, Juve struck their fourth consecutive victory in A.
October 17, 2021 (change October 17, 2021 | 23:18)
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