Roma 3-4 Juventus: Mourinho’s men collapse spectacularly against Juve

The
game
was
set
up
nicely
after
an
early
goal
for
each
team
from
Tammy
Abraham
and
Paulo
Dybala,
before
a
chaotic
second
period
saw
two
strikes
from
distance
by
Henrikh
Mkhitaryan
and
Lorenzo
Pellegrini
put
the
hosts
apparently
in
charge.

However,
a
remarkable
seven-minute
turnaround
saw
goals
from
Manuel
Locatelli,
Dejan
Kulusevski
and
Mattia
De
Sciglio
put
Juventus
in
front,
before
a
Wojciech
Szczesny
penalty
save
from
Pellegrini
completed
a
miserable
final
20
minutes
for
the
Giallorossi.


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Juve
suffered
a
blow
when
Federico
Chiesa
was
forced
to
come
off
with
a
knee
injury
in
the
first
half
following
a
tackle
from
Chris
Smalling,
and
then
saw
Matthijs
de
Ligt
sent
off
for
a
second
yellow
card
in
a
handball
incident
that
led
to
Roma’s
spot-kick,
but
they
held
on
for
a
famous
win
in
the
Italian
capital.

Abraham
opened
the
scoring
with
a
header
in
the
11th
minute
as
he
glanced
Jordan
Veretout’s
corner
across
goal
and
into
the
right
corner
to
give
Roma
the
lead.

Juve
were
level
just
seven
minutes
later
as
Chiesa
cut
inside
Roma
debutant
Ainsley
Maitland-Niles
before
passing
to
Dybala,
and
the
Argentine
forward
curled
a
perfect
effort
past
the
despairing
dive
of
Rui
Patricio.

Mourinho’s
men
were
back
in
front
less
than
three
minutes
into
the
second
half
as
Mkhitaryan
collected
the
ball
before
shooting
from
25
yards,
with
a
heavy
deflection
off
De
Sciglio
taking
the
strike
over
the
helpless
Szczesny
and
into
the
net.

There
was
no
fortune
about
the
third
for
Roma
in
the
53rd
minute
as
Pellegrini
curled
a
sumptuous
free-kick
into
the
top
left
corner,
but
Locatelli
began
the
incredible
comeback
with
a
header
from
an
Alvaro
Morata
cross
with
20
minutes
remaining.

Substitute
Kulusevski
dramatically
equalised
just
a
couple
of
minutes
later
after
a
blocked
Morata
shot
and
a
long
VAR
check
following
an
initial
offside
ruling,
before
De
Sciglio
cut
inside
from
the
left
to
fire
low
past
Patricio
to
make
it
4-3.

De
Ligt
was
dismissed
for
a
second
bookable
offence
following
a
handball
in
the
final
10
minutes,
but
the
Juve
bench
celebrated
shortly
afterwards
as
former
Roma
stopper
Szczesny
saved
the
subsequent
penalty
from
Pellegrini,
with
Massimiliano
Allegri’s
men
somehow
taking
all
three
points.


What
does
it
mean?
Comeback
kings
Juve

It
has
not
been
an
overly
positive
season
for
Allegri
and
Juventus,
heading
into
this
game
13
points
off
the
top
of
the
table
and
even
looking
like
the
fight
for
the
top
four
could
be
a
tricky
one.

However,
if
ever
anything
was
going
to
give
them
a
shot
in
the
arm,
it
was
this
phenomenal
comeback,
which
was
their
first
Serie
A
win
after
trailing
by
a
two-goal
margin
since
August
2017
against
Genoa.

Losing
Chiesa
will
be
tough
to
take,
but
the
spirit
shown
when
other
teams
would
have
let
their
heads
drop
at
3-1
down
could
be
enough
to
see
them
through
any
significant
period
without
the
Italy
international.


Old
Lady
defy
the
logic
of
xG

Expected
goals
(xG)
can
tell
us
plenty
about
a
game,
calculating
the
quality
of
a
team’s
chances
and
therefore
their
likely
goals
potential.
Yet
here
Juve
bagged
four
despite
finishing
with
an
xG
of
just
1.42,
beating
Roma
despite
the
hosts
recording
an
xG
of
2.52,
with
Pellegrini’s
penalty
chance
adding
significantly
to
that.

Allegri’s
men
were
efficient
with
their
shooting,
scoring
four
despite
having
only
five
efforts
on
target.


The
English
are
coming

The
capitulation
was
certainly
not
the
fault
of
Mourinho’s
English
contingent,
but
it
was
not
the
way
they
will
have
wanted
to
mark
a
historic
day
in
Rome.

Maitland-Niles
started
for
Roma
along
with
fellow
countrymen
Smalling
and
Abraham
after
arriving
on
loan
from
Arsenal,
meaning
it
was
the
first
time
since
Opta
began
recording
full
Serie
A
appearance
data
(1994-95
onwards)
that
an
Italian
top-flight
side
has
started
as
many
as
three
English
players
in
a
game.

The
new
recruit
from
Arsenal
played
at
right-back
and
largely
did
well,
putting
in
the
most
crosses
for
his
new
side
(six),
but
will
be
hoping
for
better
fortunes
during
the
rest
of
his
Italian
adventure.


What’s
next?

Roma
host
Cagliari
next
Sunday
(January
16)
while
Juventus
travel
to
San
Siro
to
take
on
Inter
in
the
Supercoppa
Italiana
on
Wednesday
(January
12).

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