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Roma 1-2 Juventus: Maurizio Sarri's champions go top with win

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals in 28 games across all competitions this season

Reigning champions Juventus seized their opportunity to edge two points clear of Inter Milan in the Serie A title race with victory over Roma.

Maurizio Sarri's side struck twice in the opening 10 minutes, as Merih Demiral met Paulo Dybala's free-kick before Dybala then earned a penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo duly converted.

Roma responded in the second half through Diego Perotti's spot-kick.

Antonio Conte's Inter were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta on Saturday.

Meanwhile, third-placed Lazio recorded a 10th consecutive Serie A win against Napoli to sit six points behind Juventus with a game in hand.

Ronaldo's ninth goal in seven games appeared to have put Juventus in firm control in a first half overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to 20-year-old Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, following a challenge by Matthijs de Ligt.

But Paulo Fonseca's hosts produced a reaction after the interval, striker Edin Dzeko hitting the post moments before a video assistant referee review found Sandro to have handled amid a goalmouth scramble.

With the Stadio Olimpico roaring Roma on, Juve's Gonzalo Higuain had a goal disallowed for offside while Aleksandar Kolarov missed an excellent headed opportunity to equalise.

Juve held on despite late pressure to record a fourth successive league win since suffering a first defeat of the season against Lazio in December.

Line-ups

Roma

  • 13López
  • 24FlorenziBooked at 90mins
  • 23ManciniBooked at 26mins
  • 6Smalling
  • 11KolarovBooked at 15mins
  • 42Diawara
  • 21VeretoutBooked at 9minsSubstituted forCristanteat 66'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 22ZanioloSubstituted forÜnderat 36'minutes
  • 7Pellegrini
  • 8PerottiSubstituted forN Kalinicat 82'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9Dzeko

Substitutes

  • 4Cristante
  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 15Cetin
  • 17Ünder
  • 19N Kalinic
  • 33da Silva Peres
  • 37Spinazzola
  • 63Cerantola Fuzato
  • 83Mirante

Juventus

  • 1Szczesny
  • 16Ju CuadradoBooked at 45mins
  • 28DemiralSubstituted forde Ligtat 19'minutesBooked at 32mins
  • 19Bonucci
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 25Rabiot
  • 5PjanicBooked at 12mins
  • 8RamseySubstituted forDaniloat 69'minutes
  • 14Matuidi
  • 10DybalaSubstituted forHiguaínat 69'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 4de Ligt
  • 11Douglas Costa
  • 13Danilo
  • 20Pjaca
  • 21Higuaín
  • 23Can
  • 24Rugani
  • 31Pinsoglio
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 77Buffon
Referee:
Marco Guida
Attendance:
60,513

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home13
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 1, Juventus 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 1, Juventus 2.

Attempt saved. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi.

Booking

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Alessandro Florenzi (Roma).

Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Bryan Cristante (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Amadou Diawara (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Smalling.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Juan Cuadrado.

Attempt missed. Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Edin Dzeko (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Cristante.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Pau López.

Booking

Nikola Kalinic (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Roma).

Foul by Alex Sandro (Juventus).

Cengiz Ünder (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Nikola Kalinic replaces Diego Perotti.

Booking

Bryan Cristante (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Bryan Cristante (Roma).

Attempt saved. Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lorenzo Pellegrini with a cross.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Juventus).

Diego Perotti (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Gonzalo Higuaín is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Blaise Matuidi with a cross.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Alex Sandro.

Foul by Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus).

Gianluca Mancini (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Blaise Matuidi (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma).

Attempt blocked. Bryan Cristante (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Adrien Rabiot (Juventus).

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Danilo replaces Aaron Ramsey.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Paulo Dybala.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 1, Juventus 2. Diego Perotti (Roma) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

VAR Decision: Penalty Roma.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Bryan Cristante replaces Jordan Veretout.

Penalty conceded by Alex Sandro (Juventus) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Cengiz Ünder (Roma) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a cross.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 12th January 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus19153137181948
2Inter Milan19144140162446
3Lazio18133241172442
4Atalanta19105449262335
5Roma19105434211335
6Cagliari198563329429
7Torino198382526-127
8Hellas Verona187472121025
9Parma187472425-125
10AC Milan197481824-625
11Napoli196672826224
12Udinese197391728-1124
13Bologna196582831-323
14Fiorentina195682329-621
15Sassuolo1954103034-419
16Sampdoria1954101928-919
17Lecce183692236-1415
18Genoa1935112038-1814
19Brescia1942131736-1914
20SPAL1933131229-1712
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