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April 3, 2011
• Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Referee: G. Rocchi
• Attendance: 50952
M. Krasić 60'
A. Matri 74'
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90' + 4'
There goes the whistle... A great away win for Juventus, who love playing Roma here. Krasic and Matri score the goals, but surely Storari is the hero.
90' + 2'
Juve are about to move within two points of Roma, and eight of the Champions League spots... Surely they can't do it!
All over bar the fourth official... and he says we have three extra minutes.
Montella's men continue to hold all the possession, but the best effort they can muster is a speculative shot from Taddei from 20 yards which Storari smothers.
WHAT A MISS!! Pizarro's superb chip fins Totti, who heads it square for De Rossi, but the Roma vice-captain fires over leaning back from eight yards.
Another Stunning Stat: Substitute Marco Borriello has played nine times against Juventus for seven different clubs... and has never scored!
Fredrik Sorensen is on for Fabio Grosso, who has had a good game to be fair... two assists to his name, and it could have been three.
Roma corner. And it comes to nothing... time running out for them to do something about this deficit.
Roma have only taken one point off Juve at home since the Bianconeri were promoted from Serie B... They just always seem to pull something out of the bag don't they?!
How cruel football can be... Roma hit the bar then are immediately outdone. Storari celebrated like a maniac after that goal, and who can blame him?!
Assist Fabio Grosso
Goal Alessandro Matri
MATRI SURELY HAS WON IT FOR JUVE!!! Roma lose possession in midfield, and Matri breaks the poor excuse for an offside trap by the halfway line, bears down on goal and slots under Doni. Game and set, and maybe even match.
OFF THE BAR!!! Another Old Lady break, another chance squandered, and oh how they almost paid!! Jeremy Menez finds space on the right and fires high at the near post, but it comes back off the bar, with Storari possibly having gotten a vital touch on the way. Krasic then breaks up field but is denied by the knees of Doni.
Rodrigo Taddei is stripped and ready for action. What does Vincenzo Montella have in mind? He needs something to chance, that's for sure.
Doni saves well after Pepe shoots on the turn towards the near post. Juventus are suddenly making more chances on the break. A second almost looks more likely than an equaliser right now.
Juve are soaking up the pressure pretty well at the moment, though they must be careful not to invite trouble unnecessarily.
Yellow Card Claudio Marchisio
SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO!! Pepe in acres of space in the area, but he shoots straight at Doni, who had come well off his line to block the original ball forward.
Stunning Stat Time: This is the 12th meeting running between these two sides in which Juventus have taken the lead... amazing little nugget, that one.
I knew the seven goal talk would do the trick! Oh, how Roma will be ruing those missed chances. Storari the hero so far.
Assist Fabio Grosso
Goal Milos Krasic
NOW THERE'S A GOAL!!! KRASIC!!!!!!! Grosso gets to the bye-line and chips a cross to Krasic, who volleys home from 12 yards across Alexander Doni's dive. 1-0 Juve!!! Deadlock broken.
Juve have scored seven goals in their last two visits to Roma. A Diego-inspired 3-1 win last season followed their 4-1 triumph over a injury-hit Lupi the previous March, with Pavel Nedved on the scoresheet. No sign of goals so far in this one though.
Krasic crosses from the right, but as it was behind Matri he ended up trying a spectacular overhead and found only air.
Vucinic again looks for Totti at the far post with a crossfield chip, but it runs beyond the Roma skipper and star of the telephone adverts.
It's a simple enough switch for Roma, as Burdisso has moved in to centre-back with Cassetti in his natural full-back role.
Philippe Mexes, who had strapping on his left thigh already, pulls up as the ball drops in space. He'll be replaced by Marco Cassetti.
Again Krasic makes an excellent run through the middle, beating players with ease with his pace, but he shoots straight at Riise with Pepe overlapping completely unmarked... What a waste.
So it's 0-0 at half-time, but each side will feel they've had chances to have the lead so far. Roma have been denied by three great saves by Storari. Can they finally get one past him? Find out here in 15 minutes.
45' + 1'
One extra minute... and it's enough time for Storari to make another excellent save. Totti lays on De Rossi, who belts an effort at goal and the Juve keeper makes a great two-handed save at full stretch to his left. The visitors then break from the corner, but Matri can't get his foot around his shot properly and Doni is down to make the save. End to end football to finish the half.
Motta seems to have picked up a knock in the kind of position you really don't want to feel pain! Play's back underway fairly quickly though.
Well, that's the one thing that lets Krasic down really. He goes on a trademark scintillating run, turns one defender inside out, but then his final ball is short of the quality required and it's cut out too easily.
Menez breaks forward at pace before finding Vucinic at the second attempt. The Montenegrin flashes a shot just wide of the far post, though Storari seemed sure it wasn't going in.
Pizarro chips into the right channel, but it's just beyond Menez's run. Roma haven't made the most of their possession stats so far and they don't look altogether sturdy at the back.
Matri shapes to make a trademark cut inside but then goes left on the outside of Burdisso. Great defending by the Argentine sees him off though. Matri goes down claiming a shirt pull. Pathetic.
OOOHHH!!!! Matri's chest down to Marchisio is stabbed towards the back post, where Grosso heads just over. What on earth was he doing in the right forward channel?!
Yellow Card David Pizarro
Pizarro brings down Bonucci and earns a yellow card. Maybe a chance for Juve.
OFF THE LINE!!!!!! A great crossfield ball by Vucinic is volleyed goalwards by Totti, but Storari's strong hand takes most of the pace off the shot. Still, it appears set to cross the line anyway until Bonucci gets back to hook it clear. That's the closest we've come yet to a goal.
Riise slides in well to cut out a Grosso cross from the left. Great timing by the Norwegian.
Roma back on the front foot. Juve all about the counter. Totti is brought down by Motta, but he's fine.
Yellow Card Fabio Grosso
When Juve finally break up play they quickly lose the ball and Menez nearly catches them out on the break. How long before the energy is sapped out of the visitors?
Roma are currently bossing possession largely by their ability to hold it well at the base of midfield. With their three attacking midfielders advancing well, that's forcing Juve's midfield three onto their heels and the front three are the ones doing all the running around to chase the ball.
It's all a bit nip and tuck at the moment. The game has not been without its chances, but no one team has really dominated either.
Vucinic drags a speculative effort wide of the near post as Roma look to respond to a couple of minutes of Juve pressure.
Krasic runs at Roma, but then runs out of ideas when three defenders converge. Motta's cross then fails him before Aquilani chips well over on his return to his old stomping ground for the first time since leaving for Liverpool in 2009.
Grosso does well to foil Menez on the Juventus left, but Roma are bossing the midfield at the moment. The Bianconeri are taking time to get their heads around this new formation.
WOW! THERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERY DAY! De Rossi's ball over the top is measured to perfection, as is Totti's run. But when the Roma skipper just needs to take the ball down and shoot past Storari his touch deserts him... What a rare sight.
Totti tries to thread a ball through for Roma, but again it's deflected away by Juve. The home side are having more time on the ball so far.
OOOHHHHH! Close one for the Lupi. Vucinic runs at the Old Lady's heart, goes straight through a shoddy attempt to cover by Bonucci, and volleys at goal, but Storari makes an excellent save, pushing the ball wide to his right.
Simone Pepe tries a shot from the left from Krasic's pass, but it's just wide of the angle. Juve giving as good as they're getting at the moment.
Menez advances and tries to feed a delicate ball through for Vucinic but it cannons off a Juve leg. When they get forward again, Riise's cross is behind Vucinic, who tries to contort his body Matrix-style to get a head to it, but can't steer goalwards.
Juve win the first corner, but Juan clears the outswinger from Krasic. The Serb is then brought down by Riise as the two sides exchange early fouls.
Gianluca Rocchi gets us underway at the Olimpico. Roma are attacking the Curva Sud in the opening period.
So... down to business. A Roma win would send them within three points of the Champions League spots and one of neighbours Lazio. A victory for Juve and they're just two behind the Lupi in the Europa League race. So there's all sorts to play for here between two of Italian football's powerhouses.
There are 201 banners being held up with Francesco Totti's name on in the Curva Sud... one for every goal he's scored for Roma in Serie A. What a nice touch. Er Pupone himself has just been joking with one of the Juventus mascots after he noticing he has a Roma shirt under his Juve top!
T-shirt and shorts weather has returned to Italy over the past week or so... it's a great time to be here I tell you. The fans inside the Olimpico have a few less coats on display than the last time Roma played here.
Here are the teams. Gigi Del Neri really has changed the habit of a lifetime to go with a 4-3-3... ROMA: Doni; N. Burdisso, Mexes, Juan Riise; Pizarro, De Rossi; Menez, Perrotta, Vucinic; Totti. JUVENTUS: Storari; Motta, Barzagli, Bonucci, Grosso; Aquilani, Felipe Melo, Marchisio; Krasic, Matri, Pepe.
Evening everyone. This is Goal.com's LIVE coverage of Roma against Juventus at the Olimpico (the Rome one!), which rounds off a crazy old Serie A weekend. We've had goals galore, derby thrashings, suspicious betting patterns, sackings... what else could you want? Well, here comes more of the same, so stick with me, Kris Voakes, for the team news, which will be with you shortly.
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