Led 3-1 per hour of play, without ideas and without Federico Chiesa left injured, Juventus went to draw unsuspected resources to overthrow a Roma who inexplicably liquefied (3-4) at Stadio Olimpico. A precious success for Bianconeri which cling to the Top 4 wagon.
AS Roma 3-4 Juventus
Goals: Abraham (11e), Mkhitarayan (48e), Pellegrini (53e) for Roma // Dybala (18e), Locatelli (70e), Kulusevski (74e), De Sciglio (77e) for Juventus
Expulsion : Matthijs de Ligt (81e)
Marco Landucci will forever remember his bench debut as number one. In the absence of Max Allegri, suspended, the usual Turin deputy had for his deflowering a scenario as we dream of it. From darkness to light, from two goals behind a penalty stopped by Wojciech Szczęsny in the last minutes of the match, he saw “his” Juve go through all the states to finally snatch a precious victory against Roma in the race to Europe. The kind of party you won’t forget.
Abraham shoots, Dybala answers, Chiesa cries
Stung after their rout three days earlier in Milan (3-1), the Giallorossi start this bayonet gun shock and take up their quarters in the Turin camp. Immediately, the Turinese difficulties appear: the block is not compact, the line of defense is too low and passive while the inability of the midfielder to hold the ball is glaring. The sanction is immediate: Jordan Veretout’s corner, Tammy Abraham’s header at the near post, here is Roma dancing the tango (1-0, 11e). Juve appear unanswered, if not to rely on a flash of genius from Paulo Dybala. Well served by Federico Chiesa, the only technically ahead to combine with the Jewel, Dybala rolls up at the entrance to the surface and Rui Patrício ice (1-1, 18e).
After these exciting first twenty minutes, a big time-out arrives every half hour following Chiesa’s worrying knee injury. This lasted into added time or, again from a corner, Chris Smalling’s handover did not benefit Abraham within six meters. At the break, neither Roma nor Juve give the feeling of being able to go for the victory.
The Turin miracle
Error. The return from the locker room is a copy and paste of the first act: Roma attack and will hurt, very badly, the Old Lady. At twenty-five meters, Henrik Mkhitaryan sees his counter strike lob Wojciech Szczęsny (2-1, 48e) while five minutes later, Lorenzo Pellegrini sends a marvel of free kick in the scope of the Polish international (3-1, 53e). Match folded? Well no, in reality, the second chapter of this Roma-Juve has barely started. At the hour of play, while his team has their heads under water, that their formation is without answer, Landucci brings in Álvaro Morata in place of Moise Kean and Arthur for Rodrigo Bentancur.
Immediate effect: Roma retreat for no reason, Juventus disconnects the brain. Following a magnificent tumble on the right side, Morata colds Matías Viña and places a cake on Manuel Locatelli’s head. (3-2, 70e). The Wolf enters a black hole and totally implodes: Kulusevski shoots Rui Patrício from the left (3-3, 74e) and Mattia De Sciglio, alone in the world, places a right strike flush with the amount of the Portuguese goalkeeper (3-4, 77e). José Mourinho cannot believe his eyes and the following will not help matters: for a hand in his box, Matthijs de Ligt receives a second yellow and offers an equalizer on the penalty spot to Pellegrini … who stumbles on Szczęsny . At the final whistle, the arms of the juventini are towards the skies: there are sometimes turning points in a season. Both Roma and Juve may have just experienced one this Sunday, January 9.
Roma (3-5-2) : Rui Patrício – Ibáñez, Cristante, Smalling – Matiland-Niles, Pellegrini, Veretout (Pérez, 78e), Mkhitaryan, Vina – Afena-Gyan (Shomurodov, 71e), Abraham. Coach: Jose Mourinho.
Juventus (4-3-3) : Szczęsny – Square, De Ligt, Rugani, De Sciglio – McKennie, Locatelli, Bentancur (Arthur, 64e) – Dybala, Kean (Morata, 64e), Church (Kulusevski, 32e). Coach: Marco Landucci.
By Andrea Chazy