LIVE: Juventus vs Roma

Roma will be buoyed by the threat they’ve carried in attack though. Abraham, in particular, has been a handful for Juventus and could play a major role in the second half.

Kean’s goal gives Juventus a slender lead at the break. Roma started well and had chances to take the lead through Pellegrini and Mancini. But Juventus grew into the game and took the lead when Bentancur’s header bounced off Kean and beyond Patricio. Roma continued to put the hosts under pressure though and eventually won a penalty for their efforts on the stroke of half time. Veretout’s spot-kick was saved by Szczesny though, ensuring that Juventus retained their lead going into the interval.

45′ + 4′ HALF TIME: Juventus 1-0 Roma

T. Abraham

Yellow Card

45′ + 3′ Abraham is booked after tripping up Chiellini in frustration.

45′ + 2′ Abraham almost gets in behind again, but this time Chiellini cuts out the throughball.

45′ Four minutes of stoppage time are added.

J. Veretout

Penalty Miss

44′ It wasn’t a bad penalty from Veretout. He hit it firmly towards the bottom corner, but Szczesny guessed the right way and then executed the perfect dive to keep it out.

Penalty Save

44′ SZCZESNY SAVES IT! It was a long wait for Veretout, who finally stepped up and fired his spot-kick towards the bottom right corner, only for Szczesny to push it wide!

41′ Penalty to Roma! It’s a brilliant move from the visitors. Abraham dances past both Bonucci and Chiellini, before Danilo slides in and nudges the ball to Mkhitaryan inside the six-yard box. Mkhitaryan dinks it over Szczesny, but gets swept over by the goalkeeper and the referee awards a penalty! Abraham had knocked it into the net just after the whistle, which is sure to cause controversy if Roma fail to capitalise now.

W. Szczęsny

Yellow Card

41′ Szczesny is shown a yellow card for his foul on Mkhitaryan.

40′ Roma hit Juventus on the break. Abraham drives almost 40 yards to get into the box, but Danilo recovers at the crucial moment to knock it behind. The resulting set-piece comes to nothing.

38′ Chance! Vina breaks away down the left before curling in an early cross in search of Abraham. The striker gets there ahead of Bonucci but can only direct his eight-yard header straight at Szczesny.

36′ There have been few opportunities since the opener; both teams are locked into an engaging midfield battle.

34′ Roma may have had six shots so far, but only two have been from inside the box. They might need to change their approach and show a little more patience to create clear chances. 

32′ El Shaarawy hits a speculative effort from distance, but he doesn’t quite catch it right – it trickles safely into the arms of Szczesny. 

30′ Bentancur muscles past Ibanez and surges dangerously into the box! However, the referee pulls play back for a foul on Ibanez. It’s a soft decision and it’s a let-off for Ibanez.

28′ Zaniolo has suffered his fair share of injuries in the past and you can only hope that this latest knock isn’t too serious.

S. El Shaarawy

N. Zaniolo

26′ Zaniolo is replaced by El Shaarawy following that earlier injury.

25′ Roma attempt to settle the game back down with a long spell of possession inside their own half.

23′ There’s a clash of heads between Mkhitaryan and Danilo, and the game takes a brief pause for both to recover.

20′ Zaniolo takes a painful bump and requires treatment. Although he looked to be in a lot of pain initially, he returns to the pitch.

18′ Well, it’s arrived against the run of play, but Juventus lead! Roma will need to keep their composure and stay in the game now.

R. Bentancur


16′ It looked like Bentancur was trying to send that header towards goal, but it bounced straight off the nearby Kean and flew past Patricio!

M. Kean


16′ KEAN! 1-0! Juventus take the lead. De Sciglio jinks inside Zaniolo before bending an inviting cross to the back post. It’s met by Bentancur who rises above Vina to head it against Kean and past Patricio!

15′ Juventus enjoy a long spell of possession as they look to stamp their authority on this game.

13′ Bonucci gets winded by Zaniolo’s powerful strike. There’s a brief delay for the defender to gather his breath, but he should be okay to continue.

11′ Roma have made an adventurous start. They’ve taken the game to Juventus and have already created a few chances. The hosts, meanwhile, have looked disjointed.

9′ Close! Roma sweep forward again. This time Zaniolo rides a few challenges before picking out Pellegrini. The attacker shoots from 20 yards but it deflects off Chiellini before looping narrowly over. The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing.

7′ Chance! Pellegrini whips in a free-kick towards the back post, and it’s met by an unmarked Mancini! The defender heads it towards the near post, but Szczesny is there to push it away to safety.

5′ Abraham swivels on the edge of the box, before Bonucci blocks his strike. The ball falls to Karsdorp who’s fouled by De Sciglio near the touchline. 

3′ Veretout drives forward and searches for the run of Abraham, but Chiellini stretches to cut it out.

1′ Juventus get the first half underway.

The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!

Roma might be wary of their poor recent record against Juventus though. Juventus have won nine of their 10 Serie A games played at the Allianz Stadium against Roma, losing the other.

Roma, meanwhile, make just two changes. Darboe is replaced by Cristante in midfield, while Chris Smalling drops out of the squad with Ibanez coming into the starting lineup.

Juventus make four changes to the side that beat Torino last time out in the league. Alex Sandro, Matthijs de Ligt, Mckennie and Adrien Rabiot all drop out with Bonucci, De Sciglio, Bentancur and Cuadrado coming in.

SUBS: Eldor Shomurodov, Daniel Fuzato, Ebrima Darboe, Bryan Reynolds, Riccardo Calafiori, Marash Kumbulla, Borja Mayoral, Gonzalo Villar, Carles Perez, Pietro Boer, Amadou Diawara, Stephan El Shaarawy.

ROMA (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio; Rick Karsdorp, Gianluca Mancini, Ibanez, Matias Vina; Jordan Veretout, Bryan Cristante; Nicolo Zaniolo, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan; Tammy Abraham.

SUBS: Dejan Kulusevski, Kaio Jorge, Arthur, Daniele Rugani, Luca Pellegrini, Aaron Ramsey, Alvaro Morata, Carlo Pinsoglio, Mattia Perin, Alex Sandro, Weston McKennie.

JUVENTUS (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny; Danilo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Mattia De Sciglio; Juan Cuadrado, Rodrigo Bentancur, Manuel Locatelli, Federico Bernardeschi; Moise Kean, Federico Chiesa.

Roma, on the other hand, are in fourth after a solid start. They’ll be aiming to avoid defeat today – if Juventus do get the three points they’ll be just one point behind the visitors.

Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Serie A fixture between Juventus and Roma. The hosts enter this one in need of a win. They find themselves ninth in the early table and can barely afford to lose extra ground in the title race.

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