28th of September 2020

Roma and Juve fight-out a draw at the Olimpico (2-2)

Roma were forced to settle for a draw against Juventus on Sunday evening, despite twice taking the lead at the Stadio Olimpico (2-2). It was the first game ever for Pedro at the Olímpico as Roma player. The Spaniard was on Fonseca's starting line-up and played a full 90-minute performance.

Matching penalties from Jordan Veretout and Cristiano Ronaldo - both after unfortunate handballs - got both sides up and running in the first half, before Veretout finished off a sweeping attack on the stroke of half-time to give the Giallorossi the advantage once again.

In the second half, however, Ronaldo equalised for a second time, this time with a towering header - as the visiting champions escaped with a point despite Adrien Rabiot's red card.

Looking to get their first win of the new season, Paulo Fonseca's side started brightly and often looked threatening - with Henrikh Mkhitaryan seeing a glorious self-made opportunity somehow denied by Wojciech Szczesny.

In the second half, with Roma looking to build on their slender advantage, Edin Dzeko twice saw great opportunities go begging - the first of them as his shot from eight yards clattered away off the far post.

After Ronaldo's impressive header, both sides looked for a fifth and final goal to little avail - with Pedro flashing narrowly over from a tough position in the closing stages.

The Giallorossi are back in action next weekend, as they travel to face Udinese.

 

- Match stats:

As Roma (3-4-2-1): Mirante, Mancini, ibañez, Kumbulla, Santon (Peres 68′), Veretout, Pellegrini (Diawara 72′), Spinazzola, Pedro, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko.

Juventus: Szczesny, Danilo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Cuadrado, Ramsey (Betancur 68′), Rabiot, McKennie (Arthur 68′) , Kulusevski (Frabotta 85′) , Morata (Costa 68′), Ronaldo.

Bookings: Rabiot 30′ y 62′, Kumbulla 36′, Pellegrini 54′, Frabotta 86′.

Goals: Veretout 0-1 p. (31’), Ronaldo 1-1 p. (44’), Veretout (45+1’), Cristiano Ronaldo 69’.

- Match report by ASROMA.COM


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