Italian Serie A
Roma2Juventus1

Roma 2-1 Juventus

Edin Dzeko scores
Roma can make Edin Dzeko's loan move from Manchester City permanent for £7.9m

Defending champions Juventus have lost their opening two Serie A games of the season for the first time in their history, with Roma deserved victors.

Roma, runners-up for the past two years, led when Miralem Pjanic, who also hit the post, lifted a fine free-kick over the wall from 22 yards.

Juventus had Patrice Evra sent off after 77 minutes for two yellow cards.

Edin Dzeko doubled the lead with a header, although Paulo Dybala ensured a tense finish with a close-range strike.

Leonardo Bonucci almost rescued a draw with an injury-time header but Wojciech Szczesny, who is on loan from Arsenal, did brilliantly to tip it wide.

What has happened to Juventus?

Juve have won four consecutive titles, but their bid for number five looks in trouble already following an opening-day 1-0 defeat by Udinese and now this.

Massimiliano Allegri's side, who won the title by 17 points last year, sold star midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal, as well as top scorer Carlos Tevez, in the summer.

And hours before kick-off, teenage winger Kingsley Coman joined Bayern Munich.

Roma overran them in midfield, with Paul Pogba not looking as effective without Pirlo and Vidal helping him out.

Winger Juan Cuadrado came on for the final 15 minutes but had little impact on his debut following his loan move from Chelsea.

Up front, summer recruit Dybala got his first goal for the club but Mario Mandzukic had a quiet day next to him.

Can Roma challenge for the title?

Miralem Pjanic goal
Miralem Pjanic has scored eight Serie A free-kicks since 2011-12

While Juventus's shortcomings will be the main talking point, Roma will be confident of mounting a title challenge after falling well short of the Turin side in the last two years.

They had a strong penalty appeal within 60 seconds when Mandzukic clipped Alessandro Florenzi.

Their summer signings performed better than Juventus's with Manchester City loanee Dzeko scoring a fine header and Szczesny denying Bonucci an undeserved equaliser late on.

Roma, who left Francesco Totti on the bench, are on four points after drawing 1-1 with Verona on the opening day.

Line-ups

Roma

  • 25Szczesny
  • 24Florenzi
  • 44Manolas
  • 16De RossiBooked at 64mins
  • 3Digne
  • 15PjanicBooked at 58mins
  • 20Keita
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 11SalahSubstituted forIturbeat 77'minutes
  • 9DzekoBooked at 77minsSubstituted forIbarboat 90+4'minutes
  • 14FalqueSubstituted forLjajicat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Leandro
  • 7Iturbe
  • 10Totti
  • 19Ibarbo
  • 22Ljajic
  • 23Gyömbér
  • 26De Sanctis
  • 27Gervinho
  • 32Paredes
  • 48Ucan
  • 51Anocic
  • 95Capradossi

Juventus

  • 1Buffon
  • 4Cáceres
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniBooked at 37mins
  • 26LichtsteinerSubstituted forPereyraat 72'minutes
  • 27Sturaro
  • 20PadoinSubstituted forCuadradoat 75'minutes
  • 10PogbaBooked at 22mins
  • 33EvraBooked at 78mins
  • 21Dybala
  • 17MandzukicSubstituted forMorataat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Zaza
  • 9Morata
  • 12Alex Sandro
  • 15Barzagli
  • 16Cuadrado
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 34Rubinho
  • 37Pereyra
  • 40Vitale
Referee:
Nicola Rizzoli
Attendance:
56,040

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 2, Juventus 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 2, Juventus 1.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Juventus) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a headed pass.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Roma).

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Víctor Ibarbo replaces Edin Dzeko.

Attempt missed. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stefano Sturaro with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

Attempt saved. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Paulo Dybala with a cross.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Alessandro Florenzi.

Edin Dzeko (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

Álvaro Morata (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Iago Falque.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 2, Juventus 1. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

Attempt saved. Iago Falque (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stefano Sturaro.

Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wojciech Szczesny.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 2, Juventus 0. Edin Dzeko (Roma) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Iago Falque with a cross following a set piece situation.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Patrice Evra (Juventus) for a bad foul.

Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Patrice Evra (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Juan Iturbe replaces Mohamed Salah.

Booking

Edin Dzeko (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Juan Cuadrado replaces Simone Padoin.

Booking

Patrice Evra (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrice Evra (Juventus).

Foul by Alessandro Florenzi (Roma).

Roberto Pereyra (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Roberto Pereyra replaces Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Roma).

Patrice Evra (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 30th August 2015

  • RomaRoma2JuventusJuventus1
    FT
  • AtalantaAtalanta2FrosinoneFrosinone0
    FT
  • CarpiCarpi1Inter MilanInter Milan2
    FT
  • ChievoChievo4LazioLazio0
    FT
  • GenoaGenoa2Hellas VeronaHellas Verona0
    FT
  • NapoliNapoli2SampdoriaSampdoria2
    FT
  • TorinoTorino3FiorentinaFiorentina1
    FT
  • UdineseUdinese0PalermoPalermo1
    FT
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