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Roma v Juventus Live Commentary, 12/05/2019

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A. Florenzi (79)
E. Džeko (90+2)
Stadio Olimpico


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Roma are next in action against mid-table Sassuolo on the road next Saturday, while Juve face Atalanta on home soil next Sunday.
Two late goals from Alessandro Florenzi and Edin Dzeko hand Roma's Champions League hopes a major boost this evening in their 2-0 win over Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. Antonio Mirante kept the home side in the game in the first half, producing three excellent saves to deny Paulo Dybala (twice) and Juan Cuadrado. Claudio Ranieri's men dominated the second half and got their reward late in the period when Florenzi finished a neat move, clipping the ball over Wojciech Szczesny. The home side were clinical on the counter to wrap up the three points as Dzeko was on the spot to convert after a fine run from Cengiz Under. The result moves Roma into sixth place in the table, although only point behind Inter Milan in fourth with two games to play.
C. Ünder
90' + 2' Under does well on the counter, keeping the ball under control before finding Dzeko in space to score.
E. Džeko
90' + 2' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DZEKO CONVERTS FROM CLOSE RANGE!! ROMA 2-0!!! The home side secure the three points this evening as Dzeko slots the ball past Szczesny with a right-footed strike. Juve lose the ball upfield from the free-kick and it falls kindly for Under on the break. He surges forward to the edge of the box before sliding a precise pass for Dzeko. The striker hits his attempt first time, steering his effort past the Juve keeper.
90' + 2' The delivery from Dybala is poor and it allows the home side to break on the counter with the numerical advantage.
A. Kolarov
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Kolarov brings down Cuadrado on the charge and goes into the book.
90' + 1' Cuadrado looks to find Ronaldo in the box with a deep cross, but the Portuguese is caught offside from the delivery.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
90' Florenzi drives forward in the closing stages. He loses possession, but he ensures that he puts pressure on Alex Sandro to stop a quick Juve break.
89' Bentancur tries to spread the play from left to right, but he sends the ball out for a Roma throw-in. It has been that sort of second half for the visitors.
87' Juve are running out of time to force the issue. It has been a comfortable second half for Mirante after his busy first period.
João Cancelo
M. De Sciglio
85' Cancelo is on for the visitors, replacing De Sciglio down the right flank.
Alex Sandro
B. Matuidi
84' Alex Sandro replaces Matuidi for the visitors.
83' Florenzi wins a free-kick for the home side down the right flank, but the delivery from the skipper is poor, allowing Juve to see out the danger.
83' WIDE! El Shaarawy works the ball into the path of Dzeko in the box and from a tight angle he goes for goal, but he cannot force his effort on target, although Cristante keeps the attack alive on the byline.
81' Juventus have nine minutes to salvage a point from the contest. However, they've been well below-par this evening.
E. Džeko
79' Dzeko plays a lovely return pass into the right inside channel for Florenzi to collect and score.
A. Florenzi
79' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! FLORENZI PUTS ROMA AHEAD!!! 1-0!!! The skipper provides the quality needed to break the deadlock. He plays a one-two with Dzeko to surge into the right inside channel into space. Szczesny races off his line to try to stop the strike, but the Italian clips the ball over the Juve keeper into the back of the net. A fine finish from Florenzi.
79' Juve seem content to sit on the goalless draw. They're not injecting a tempo into the game in possession. Allegri will not be satisifed with this performance.
C. Ünder
J. Kluivert
78' Kluivert is replaced by Under for the final 12 minutes of action.
N. Zaniolo
Yellow Card
75' Zaniolo is forced into action to bring down Cuadrado on the break, pulling back the winger. He goes into the book for the foul.
75' Florenzi whips the resulting free-kick into the box, but Szczesny comes off his line and punches the ball away from danger.
E. Can
Yellow Card
74' Can brings down Kluivert on the charge down the right flank and goes into the book.
73' Juventus have offered very little in the second half. Allegri will be concerned about their fitness levels and their drive after winning the title.
R. Bentancur
M. Pjanić
71' Pjanic has had a quiet match and is replaced by Bentancur.
69' Roma have been the better side in the second half, but are still struggling for their clinical edge in the final third. Their Champions League hopes could hinge on the next 21 minutes.
B. Cristante
L. Pellegrini
67' Pellegrini is withdrawn for the hosts to be replaced by Cristante.
67' STOP! Szczesny keeps Juve level with a brilliant stop to deny El Shaarawy. The forward has the aid of fortune as his initial pass is intercepted, but he pounces on the loose ball to curl an effort towards the top corner that the Juve keeper turns over the bar on the stretch.
66' SAVE! Juve probe down the left flank through Dybala before he releases Can into the inside channel. He goes for a low strike towards the near post, but Mirante holds firm, producing a fine stop with his feet.
65' Roma will be breathing a sigh of relief. That is the danger playing against Ronaldo. He only needs one opportunity to punish opposing teams.
64' DISALLOWED GOAL!! Juve believe that they have taken the lead as Dybala plays Ronaldo through on goal. The Portuguese displays his composure with a cool finish, placing the ball into the bottom corner. However, the flag is raised late for offside after the forward.
61' Zaniolo runs down the left flank and he whips a cross to the back post. Kluivert rises with Spinazzola and wins the header, only to glance his attempt wide of the post.
59' Ronaldo and Florenzi have words and the Italian has to be restrained by his team-mates. Ronaldo sees the funny side and the referee brings it under control before tempers boil over.
58' Roma are not thrilled with the referee as he fails to stop play for a head injury for Dzeko, while Pellegrini then believes that he has a good appeal for a foul turned down.
56' Juve had not managed to find their rhythm since the restart. The home side are growing in confidence with their attacking play.
54' CHANCE! El Shaarawy leads Roma forward in the final third. He offloads towards Kluivert on the right flank and gets the ball back inside the box. However, he fails to connect with his first strike before clearing the bar with his second attempt.
52' Chiellini stayed down after the challenge and required treatment on the pitch. However, he's okay to continue for the visitors.
E. Džeko
Yellow Card
51' Dzeko slides in on Chiellini in the middle of the park and goes into the book.
48' Matuidi makes a vital intervention at the back for the visitors as he does enough to prevent Dzeko latching on to El Shaarawy's cross at the back post.
46' We're back underway at the Stadio Olimpico.
It has been a fairly even game, although the best of the openings have come on the counter. Cristiano Ronaldo has been active in the final third, although not quite near his best. His mazy run did open up the Roma defence for Dybala's opening that was saved by Mirante. Juventus need to feed the Portuguese more in the second half to get the edge on their opponents.
It's goalless at the break between Roma and Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico. The home side have Antonio Mirante to thank for keeping them level as he has made three outstanding saves to deny the visitors. First he saved a strike from Juan Cuadrado before twice denying Paulo Dybala from inside the box. At the other end Lorenzo Pellegrini has struck the post, while he saw another effort sail just wide of the target. There have been chances, but neither side has been clinical enough to capitalise yet.
43' Florenzi lifts the ball into the box looking for Dzeko, but he just cannot make contact on the stretch amid pressure from Chiellini.
42' Kolarov makes a good run forward from left-back to earn a corner for the home side off the legs of De Sciglio. 
40' De Sciglio clips the ball forward for Ronaldo's run into the right inside channel. Manolas comes across and the Roma defender does enough to put him off his strike, although the Portuguese was offside anyway.
38' WIDE! Dybala sends Ronaldo into space down the right flank. He cuts inside to fire at goal on his left foot, only to smash his attempt well wide of the target.
36' BLOCK! El Shaarawy makes a surge down the left flank to speed past De Sciglio. He cuts inside to shoot on his right foot in the box, but is denied by a brilliant covering challenge from Chiellini.
36' Chiellini comes forward from the back and he tries to angle a ball over the top, although it bounces off the surface and travels out for a goal-kick.
35' Florenzi turns into space 25 yards from goal and he goes for the strike, but he guides his effort wide of the target.
33' Cuadrado skips past the challenge of Kolarov with ease before offloading to Dybala in the right inside channel, but the forward cannot keep the ball in play. Dybala's frustrating evening continues.
30' There have been chances at both ends of the pitch, but the score remains goalless. The two teams have to improve their clinical edge in front of goal to break the deadlock.
28' DYBALA IS DENIED AGAIN! Matuidi and Ronaldo combine to tee up Dybala in the box again. The forward hammers his strike towards goal, but Miranate makes another fine stop to turn the ball onto the post. It hits the inside of the post, but Fazio is on hand to clear ahead of Can.
27' WIDE! Pellegrini latches on to a loose ball 20 yards from goal and he goes for the strike on the half-volley, but he places his effort just wide of the post with Szczesny scrambling across his line.
25' Florenzi runs down the right wing and fires the ball low towards Dzeko, but under pressure from Chiellini, it fails to stick in his feet.
24' Kolarov tries to force a low ball into the feet of Kluivert in the Juve box, but there are plenty of defenders around the Dutchman to stop the supply.
22' Spinazzola makes a charge down the left flank. He twists and turns to look for space, but he sees his cross blocked by Florenzi.
20' Spinazzola turns the ball into the box from the left flank, but it bounces just ahead of Dybala and into the hands of Mirante.
18' OFF THE POST! Pellegrini is denied by the post for the home side. Roma hit Juve on the break on this occasion after Ronaldo loses possession. El Shaarawy carries the ball to the edge of the box before picking out Pellegrini. From the right inside channel he goes for goal, only to be denied by the woodwork with his side-footed effort.
16' WHAT A SAVE! Mirante produces a brilliant save to deny Dybala. Ronaldo surges through the Roma backline on a counter to set up the opportunity, weaving his way through challenges before offloading to the Argentine in space. He tries to curl his effort into the top corner, but Mirante gets a hand to the ball to turn it past the post.
14' Roma are starting to show more urgency in pressing the visitors. They've started to get their foot on the ball in the Juve half.
12' Kolarov has space to run down the left and he tries to send an early cross into the box. De Sciglio blocks the delivery before edging out the Serbian for the second ball.
11' Ronaldo is eased off the ball on the edge of the Roma box by Fazio and he looks for a free-kick, but the referee waves play on.
9' Juve have made a strong start to the contest and are putting the home side on the back foot. 
7' Spinazzola tries to drive his effort through a crowd of players in the box, but the Roma defence hold firm to block the strike.
6' SAVE! Cuadrado should put the visitors ahead, but the winger sees his effort brilliantly saved by Mirante. Juve break on the attack through Can with a driving run through the middle. He offloads to Cuadrado in space in the right inside channel, but the Colombian cannot provide the finish to beat the Roma keeper.
4' WIDE! Ronaldo probes down the left flank before cutting back to shoot on his right foot. His effort has the power, but not the direction, travelling wide of the post.
3' Can hooks the ball forward looking for the run of Dybala over the top, but it skips off the surface and travels through to Mirante.
1' We're underway at the Stadio Olimpico.
Roma haven’t scored in five of their last six league matches against Juventus, including the most recent three: only between 1948 and 1949 did the Giallorossi fail to score in four consecutive Serie A matches against the Bianconeri.
Dybala, Can, De Sciglio and Caceres all come into the side for Allegri's men this evening. The Argentine leads a three-man attack alongside Ronaldo and Cuadrado. De Sciglio and Caceres come into the back four, while Can starts in the middle of the park. Moise Kean, Federico Bernardeschi and Leonardo Bonucci miss out altogether, while Cancelo drops to the bench.
Roma have made one change to their side from their 1-1 draw against Genoa last time out. Kluivert replaces Cristante in the team, which sees a change in formation from 4-2-3-1 to a 4-3-3 system. The midfielder drops to the bench to accomodate the Dutchman, who leads the line alongside Dzeko and El Shaarawy.
JUVENTUS SUBS: Alex Sandro, Andrea Barzagli, Joao Cancelo, Carlo Pinsoglio, Rodrigo Bentancur, Mattia Del Favero, Matheus Pereira, Grigoris Kastanos, Hans Nicolussi Caviglia.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Wojciech Szczesny; Mattia De Sciglio, Martin Caceres, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Spinazzola; Emre Can, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Juan Cuadrado, Paulo Dybala, Cristiano Ronaldo.
ROMA SUBS: Robin Olsen, Rick Karsdorp, Bryan Cristante, Juan Jesus, Diego Perotti, Patrik Schick, Ivan Marcano, Daniele De Rossi, Cengiz Under, Ante Coric, Javier Pastore, Daniel Fuzato.
ROMA (4-3-3): Antonio Mirante; Alessandro Florenzi, Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nicola Zaniolo, Steven Nzonzi, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Justin Kluivert, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy.
Juventus are somewhat stuttering over the line to end the campaign, although they wrapped up the title with their win over Fiorentina three weeks ago. However, it was the only victory in the last six matches in all competitions for Massimiliano Allegri's men. The Italian has been linked with an exit from the club after a hugely successful five-year spell, but their continued dominance of Serie A may convince him to remain in Turin. Another reminder of their imperious nature with a strong performance this evening would help matters.
Roma are in a desperate battle to finish in the top four of Serie A, starting the day four points behind Inter Milan in the final Champions League spot. I Lupi have been solid since their 4-1 hammering at the hands of Napoli at the end of March. They're unbeaten in their last six matches, although a strike from Cristian Romero last week denied them what would have been a vital victory over Genoa. Claudio Ranieri's men are in good form, but they face a challenge this evening against the champions.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Serie A clash between Roma and Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico.