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Series A | Roma 1-1 Juventus: Breathtaking battle for Europe

Gleison Bremer canceled out Romelu Lukaku’s opener in a spectacular match with numerous chances on both sides, but Juventus will feel happier with a point than Roma.

This was a head-to-head battle for the Champions League places, separated by eight points entering the Stadio Olimpico, with Juve knowing a win here would guarantee their place. The Giallorossi suffered from Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, but Paulo Dybala and Leandro Paredes faced their former club in a new 4-3-2-1 formation. Kenan Yildiz and Alex Sandro did not make the trip as Juve had won just two of their last thirteen Serie A matches.

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Federico Chiesa immediately cut inside and curled just over with his right foot, setting up Dusan Vlahovic to drill inches wide of the upright, but the hosts came even closer when Rasmus Kristensen’s running header bounced off the crossbar.

The long spells of Roma pressure paid off when Dybala withdrew for Bryan Cristante. His shot was cleared off the line by Federico Gatti, but only into the path of Lukaku to tap home the rebound.

𝐁𝐈𝐆 goal from Romelu Lukaku to open the scoring vs. Juventus!

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Lorenzo Pellegrini’s curler was deflected, but Juventus equalized when a corner was not effectively cleared. Chiesa initially kept the ball in play with a sensational first touch before bending a cross onto Bremer’s head as the defender towered over the crowd.

A perfectly balanced cross from Chiesa is headed home by Bremer!

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Dybala saw two free kicks fly just over the bar and Manuel Locatelli nodded away after Weston McKennie’s assist, but La Joya went off at half-time with a fitness problem.

Chiesa almost turned it around within 60 seconds of the restart when his left-foot screamer bounced off the inside of the far Roma post, bounced across the goal and back out.

Timothy Weah risked a second yellow card for bumping into Leandro Paredes and was immediately replaced by Filip Kostic.

Chiesa and Adrien Rabiot both stung Svilar’s gloves, while Lorenzo Pellegrini’s shot found its way into the arms of Wojciech Szczesny and another went inches wide through Bremer’s block from Baldanzi’s assist.

A chaotic Roma corner eventually fell to Kristensen after the half volley. He beat Szczesny only for Danilo to pull off a desperate goal-line clearance on 69 minutes.

Manuel Locatelli slipped while pouncing on a loose ball, causing the shot to take an odd loop, forcing Svilar to clear the ball from under the crossbar.

Svilar also made a flying save from Moise Kean’s header from a corner, while Szczesny had to stand tall in a one-on-one with Tammy Abraham in the breaks to prevent the Roma winner.

Roma 1-1 Juventus

Lukaku 15 (R), Bremer 31 (J)

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