SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 37 - 13 May 2018 (19.45 UK)
Roma 0 - 0 Juventus
Stadio Olimpico

Juventus have won a record seventh consecutive Serie A title after this stalemate away to 10-man Roma, who saw Radja Nainggolan sent off.

The Bianconeri needed only a point to secure their seventh straight Scudetto and were fresh from Wednesday’s 4-0 Coppa Italia Final hammering of Milan, which was also played at the Stadio Olimpico. Juan Cuadrado was suspended with Giorgio Chiellini and Benedikt Howedes injured, then Sami Khedira pulled out in the warm-up to make way for Blaise Matuidi. The Giallorossi had already secured their Champions League spot, but missed Kostas Manolas, Diego Perotti, Gregoire Defrel and Bruno Peres.

The hosts had a more aggressive start, but Edin Dzeko blasted over from a promising position and Radja Nainggolan’s finishing also left something to be desired.

Cengiz Under saw his effort charged down by Daniele Rugani and Lorenzo Pellegrini turned the follow-up over, while Paulo Dybala rushed a potentially interesting counter-attack.

Alex Sandro was booked for hauling down Cengiz Under, who surprisingly out-sprinted him, and Aleksandar Kolarov’s free kick hit the side-netting.

Straight after the restart, Dybala had the ball in the net with a splendid left-foot volley, but only after he was flagged marginally offside.

Aleksandar Kolarov’s effort took a huge deflection off Miralem Pjanic to land on the roof of the net.

Radja Nainggolan received two yellow cards in the space of five minutes and left Roma down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes. Nonetheless, Juve still didn’t really get a shot on goal, although Dybala did have penalty appeals when going down under a Juan Jesus nudge.

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Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Pellegrini (Gonalons 73), De Rossi (Strootman 82), Nainggolan; Under (Schick 81), Dzeko, El Shaarawy
Juventus: Szczesny; De Sciglio, Barzagli, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Matuidi, Pjanic; Bernardeschi (Douglas Costa 66), Dybala, Mandzukic (Bentancur 81); Higuain
Ref: Tagliavento

Sent off: Nainggolan 68 (R)