Italian Serie A
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Juventus 1-0 Roma

Medhi Benatia's strike keeps the pressure on Serie A leaders Napoli over Christmas
Medhi Benatia's strike keeps the pressure on Serie A leaders Napoli over Christmas

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia scored the winner against his former club Roma as his side narrowed the gap on Serie A leaders Napoli to a point.

Benatia converted the rebound at the second attempt after Roma goalkeeper Alisson saved Giorgio Chiellini's header from a corner.

Striker Gonzalo Higuain should have doubled the champions' lead but his close-range effort flew over the bar.

Roma, who are fourth, hit the bar through Alessandro Florenzi.

Roma have now lost their last seven top-flight trips to Turin, not winning there since January 2010.

Eusebio di Francesco's side have failed to take any of the nine points available against their top-four rivals so far this season.

They had their chances late on against Juve, with Edin Dzeko's flicked header going wide on 87 minutes.

Then Juventus' former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick with a fine save after he went clean through on goal in stoppage time.

Earlier on Saturday, Marek Hamsik scored his 116th goal to overtake Diego Maradona as Napoli's all-time record goalscorer, and keep the Serie A leaders top for Christmas, while third-placed Inter and 11th-placed AC Milan both lost.

Hamsik's strike before the break ensured a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Sampdoria to give Maurizio Sarri's side 45 points from 18 games.

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Line-ups

Juventus

  • 23Szczesny
  • 15Barzagli
  • 4Benatia
  • 3Chiellini
  • 12Lobo SilvaBooked at 82mins
  • 6Khedira
  • 5Pjanic
  • 14MatuidiSubstituted forMarchisioat 79'minutes
  • 7Ju CuadradoBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBernardeschiat 77'minutes
  • 9Higuaín
  • 17Mandzukic

Substitutes

  • 8Marchisio
  • 10Dybala
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 16Pinsoglio
  • 20Pjaca
  • 22Asamoah
  • 24Rugani
  • 26Lichtsteiner
  • 27Sturaro
  • 30Bentancur
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 35Loria

Roma

  • 1Alisson
  • 24Florenzi
  • 44Manolas
  • 20Fazio
  • 11KolarovBooked at 90mins
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 16De RossiBooked at 23minsSubstituted forÜnderat 86'minutes
  • 6StrootmanSubstituted forPellegriniat 70'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 92El ShaarawySubstituted forSchickat 67'minutes
  • 9Dzeko
  • 8Perotti

Substitutes

  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 7Pellegrini
  • 14Schick
  • 15Moreno
  • 17Ünder
  • 18Lobont
  • 21Gonalons
  • 25da Silva Peres
  • 28Skorupski
  • 30Santos da Silva
  • 33Emerson
  • 55Castan da Silva
Referee:
Paolo Tagliavento
Attendance:
41,100

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventusAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home22
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Juventus 1, Roma 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Juventus 1, Roma 0.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Medhi Benatia.

Attempt blocked. Federico Fazio (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kostas Manolas.

Attempt saved. Patrik Schick (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma).

Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Federico Bernardeschi (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Claudio Marchisio.

Attempt missed. Diego Perotti (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lorenzo Pellegrini with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Mario Mandzukic.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

Attempt missed. Cengiz Ünder (Roma) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a headed pass.

Booking

Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).

Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Perotti.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Cengiz Ünder replaces Daniele De Rossi.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Kostas Manolas.

Booking

Alex Sandro (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrik Schick (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Daniele De Rossi with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Claudio Marchisio replaces Blaise Matuidi because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Federico Bernardeschi replaces Juan Cuadrado.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

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

Foul by Sami Khedira (Juventus).

Attempt saved. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Diego Perotti (Roma).

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

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Lorenzo Pellegrini replaces Kevin Strootman.

Foul by Kevin Strootman (Roma).

Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Juan Cuadrado.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic with a cross.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 23rd December 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli18143141132845
2Juventus18142245143144
3Inter Milan18124234142040
4Roma17122328111738
5Lazio17113343222136
6Sampdoria178363226627
7Atalanta187652823527
8Fiorentina187562719826
9Udinese178093025524
10Torino185942527-224
11AC Milan187382326-324
12Bologna187382225-324
13Chievo185671930-1121
14Sassuolo1862101228-1620
15Genoa184591522-717
16Cagliari1852111629-1317
17SPAL183691931-1215
18Crotone1843111336-2315
19Hellas Verona1834111736-1913
20Benevento180117941-321
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