Italian Serie A

Roma 2-1 Juventus

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Edin Dzeko scores
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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.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


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


Formation 3-5-2

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


  • 7Zaza
  • 9Morata
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 15Barzagli
  • 16Ju Cuadrado
  • 24Rugani
  • 25Murara Neto
  • 34Rubinho
  • 37Pereyra
  • 40Vitale
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Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamJuventus
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 2, Juventus 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 2, Juventus 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Digne (Roma).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Víctor Ibarbo replaces Edin Dzeko.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Wojciech Szczesny.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Alessandro Florenzi.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Adem Ljajic replaces Iago Falque.

  17. 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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 30th August 2015

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

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