Faced with a Roma assured of its fifth place at kickoff, Juve did not even see fit to reassure themselves before their round of 16 return from C1 against Lyon, in a week. Worse: she found a way to concede a straight loss and concede 3 goals after opening the scoring. As for his nagging shortcomings in the game, they have not disappeared, quite the contrary. Sad end of the championship for a decidedly very pale champion.
Juventus 1-3 Rome
Goals: Higuain (5e) for Juventus // Kalinić (23e), Perotti (44e sp, 53e) for Roma The story would have been beautiful. It would have been an ode to pugnacity, perseverance, resilience. 36e minute: Following a Roma corner kicked back by Szczęsny, Riccardo Calafiori cocks his volley at hip height and sends an emerald of absolute purity into the opposing skylight. A little less than two years ago, the young Cub then aged 16 was given lost for football, broken by an infamous injury which had ruptured all the ligaments of the knee. 22 months later, Calafiori was not content to relearn how to walk: here he is who thinks he has scored for his first match with the pros, in Serie A, against the great Juventus of Turin. A few seconds of pure ecstasy … which the central referee brutally annihilates: his assistant told him that the corner had crossed the goal line and is therefore not valid. Cold shower for Calafiori. But since this kid is obviously made of another wood, it does not take him more than eight minutes to get back in the saddle and start again with a bang while the score is 1-1: hook on Danilo in the box, penalty provoked, 2-1 for Roma, who will no longer be caught, and will even increase their lead. Thanks for this moment, Riccardo.
And the story is only made more beautiful by its unexpected side. 5e minute of play: Juve already takes the lead thanks to Higuaín, a close scorer following a delicious handover from Rabiot on a corner (5e, 1-0). This Juve is obviously not immune to a bad surprise, but faced with a Wolf who has nothing more to play and who has sent his second knives to the Allianz Arena, we say to ourselves that the locals can sleep soundly. Error: it is rather the Olympique Lyonnais who can pawn quiet, a week from the 8e final return of C1 against the Old Lady. The latter, although also reworked and deprived of a preserved Cristiano Ronaldo, once again flaunted its major current deficiencies: no creativity, no movement, no serenity behind. Roma, thus, do not even have to push to find the equalizer, scratched by Kalinić with a header from a corner (23e, 1-1). The sequel is known: the penalty specialist Perotti makes the persistence of Califiori bear fruit (2-1, 44e) and this is how we return a Juve of this low standing without even having to force it.
After half-time, the storm continues to rumble even louder and there is no doubt that the Bianconeri prefer it to the bronca that would not have failed to reserve fans. Because it is not Maurizio Sarri’s men who deign to wake up, but those of Paulo Fonseca who continue their forcing. Szczęsny is forced to slam Kalinić’s superb volley (49e), but the Pole will not be able to do anything in front of Perotti, who signs a cushy double following a solo rush from the mastoc Zaniolo (53e, 1-3). If Juve pretends to put their own and gets closer to the cages of beginner Fuzato, even touching the post by entering Ramsey at the hour mark, the heart and the qualities are not there. Funny end of year, and funny way to prepare for an 8e of final return of C1. Lyon can smile.
Juventus (4-3-3) : Szczęsny (72e, Pinsoglio) – Danilo, Rugani, Bonucci (51e, Demiral), Frabotta – Bricklayer, Matuidi, Rabiot (51e, Ramsey) – Bernardeschi (72e, Olivieri), Higuaín (79e, Vrioni), Zanimacchia. Coach: Maurizio Sarri.
Roma (3-4-2-1) : Fuzato – Ibañez (56e, Jesus), Smalling, Fazio – Zappacosta, Villar, Cristante (56e, Santon), Calafiori – Zaniolo (56e, Ünder), Perotti (73e, Kluivert) – Kalinić. Coach: Paulo Fonseca.
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