Juventus relied, as often, on Cristiano Ronaldo to save a point (2-2) against a beautiful Roma in Serie A, finally launched with Dzeko back in attack and Jordan Veretout double scorer.
Led 2-1 and reduced to ten shortly after the hour mark after the exclusion of Rabiot, Juventus seemed to be in bad shape. But Cristiano Ronaldo used his legendary trigger to seek above the Roman defense an unexpected equalizer (69th) which avoids a first defeat to coach Andrea Pirlo.
The second goal of the evening for Ronaldo, and already his third in two league days, which leaves him alone at the top of the scorers standings.
Reassembled after their cruel initial defeat on the green carpet against Hellas Verona for having aligned a non-registered player, the Giallorossi had however so far gained the ascendancy over a borrowed Juve, where Alvaro Morata, already starting point only five days later his return to Turin, was transparent until his exit shortly before the hour mark.
Frenchman Jordan Veretout, a man in the shadows whose role in the evening was above all to stop Juve’s launches, this time showed himself in full light: he first snatched a penalty – for a stopped shot from the hand by Rabiot, warned the first time on the spot – and transformed it (31st); then he went up all the way just before the break to go and conclude a final Roman counter-attack (45 + 1e).
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo had already equalized for the first time by also obtaining a penalty for a hand from Pellegrini (44th). Before repeating in the 69th, at the reception of a cross from Danilo, while Rabiot had left his at ten, due to a second yellow card for a late tackle (62nd).
Juve turned their backs late in the game to save this point, not sorry to get away so easily.
Edin Dzeko, back at the forefront of the Roman attack a few days after having to give up his hopes of a transfer to the Bianconeri, will regret the two big missed opportunities in the second half, including a shot on the post while the entire defense of Juve seemed beaten (56th).