Juventus wastes chance to clinch title with 3-1 loss at Roma

Alain Brian
Mai 15, 2017

Roma threw a spanner into the works of Serie A as they beat the league leaders and kept chances of a late twist in the title alive.

Juventus need only a point to wrap up their sixth successive title and, even if they lose, will still have two more chances at home to Crotone and away to Bologna.

The Old Lady slowly gained a foothold in the contest and they eventually took the lead thanks to Mario Lemina in the 21st minute, as the youngster tapped home to complete a wonderfully-worked move between Gonzalo Higuain and Stefano Sturaro.

Napoli have a hard match away to Torino while Inter Milan will be under the third coach of the season when they host Sassuolo, hoping to end a run of seven games without a win that has seen them drop to seventh, outside the Europa League places.

And second-placed Roma ran away from the league favourites in the second half, riding goals nine minutes apart from Stephan El Shaarawy and Radja Nainggolan past the Bianconeri at a raucous Stadio Olimpico.

"We did well in the first half but in the second, we dropped our levels of concentration".

- The last time Juventus did not win in three successive Serie A games was back in September 2015.

"This was a huge win, especially because we were able to stay ahead of Napoli", De Rossi said, referring to the race for second and the final direct entry to the Champions League group phase.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri rested several players, including Paulo Dybala and defender Giorgio Chiellini, but his side still went ahead with a simple goal.

Roma's Daniele De Rossi celebrates with teammates after scoring against AC Milan.

Spalletti was criticised after leaving the one-club man on the bench at San Siro last Sunday and teased he might include the veteran against Juve by way of an apology to Totti and his many fans.

The loss left Inter eighth and likely out of the Europa League places.

Inter's fourth straight loss came in the first match since Stefano Pioli was sacked and youth team coach Stefano Vecchi was put in charge.

"I understand the fans", Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic said. They're right. Inter shouldn't be seventh or eighth like it's been for five years.

Piotr Zielinski put the finishing touch as Napoli took their tally for the season to 86 goals.

Juve's failure to beat Atalanta and then Torino over the last two weekends has been blamed on their run to the last four in the Champions League, with a tough two-legged tie against Monaco requiring Allegri to deviate from his fearsome first team, which was so powerful against the French side.

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