SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 38 - 1 Aug 2020 (19.45 UK)
Juventus 1 - 3 Roma
Higuain 5 (J), Kalinic 23 (R), Perotti pen 44, 52 (R)
Allianz Stadium

Juventus lost their unbeaten home record in the final game of the season, as Roma fought back to defeat an experimental side, ending a run of eight consecutive defeats here.

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The Bianconeri transformed their squad after securing the ninth consecutive Scudetto, so Cristiano Ronaldo and Matthijs de Ligt were not even on the bench, with Paulo Dybala, Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira and Mattia De Sciglio injured, Miralem Pjanic suspended. Roma also had an experimental line-up, Gianluca Mancini banned, Lorenzo Pellegrini unavailable. Nicolò Zaniolo was given his first start since tearing his ACL against Juventus in January, while Daniel Fuzato and Riccardo Calafiori got their Serie A debuts.

It took just five minutes for the Bianconeri to break through, as a corner was hit low, Adrien Rabiot flicked it on and Gonzalo Higuain turned in at the back post unmarked.

However, Roma got into the game as time wore on, Davide Zappacosta going close after a counter-attack, then on the resulting Diego Perotti corner, Nikola Kalinic got in front of Daniele Rugani for the header.

Juve youth team player Frabotta hit a ferocious angled drive inches wide, then Calafiori thought he’d marked his Serie A debut with a magnificent goal, his ferocious right-foot volley – his weaker foot – but the ball had already gone out of play on the corner, so it didn’t count.

Calafiori did win a penalty soon after, as he cut back and somewhat ran into Danilo, but the referee ruled it to be a foul. Perotti stepped up and converted successfully, although his former teammate Wojciech Szczesny nearly got to it.

Zaniolo almost made it three, testing Szczesny with a sudden snapshot, who then had to fingertip a deflected Kalinic strike out from under the bar.

Zaniolo created the third with a magnificent run from midfield, shaking off a crowd of defenders who tried to hold him back and setting up Perotti to finish it off.

Aaron Ramsey came off the bench and almost got one back immediately, but his snapshot only found the upright with Fuzato beaten.

Roma remained more dangerous, Szczesny tested by Perotti and Cengiz Under.

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Juventus: Szczesny (Pinsoglio 72); Danilo, Rugani, Bonucci (Demiral 51), Frabotta; Rabiot (Ramsey 51), Muratore, Matuidi; Zanimacchia, Higuain (Vrioni 79), Bernardeschi (Olivieri 72)
Roma: Fuzato; Smalling, Ibanez (Juan Jesus 56), Fazio; Zappacosta, Villar, Cristante (Santon 56), Calafiori (Peres 60); Zaniolo (Under 56), Perotti (Kluivert 73); Kalinic
Ref: Rocchi