The film of the match: 1-1
Juventus Turin and AS Roma have still not lost in Serie A after three games, but leave dissatisfied with this clash of the 3rd day: the two cadors of the Italian Championship could not decide between themselves on Saturday at Juventus Stadium ( 1-1). Adrien Rabiot was injured on the hour mark, ten days before the match against PSG in the Champions League. Tammy Abraham (69th) responded to the superb free kick from Dusan Vlahovic (2nd). Paulo Dybala delivered an assist for his return to his old stadium.
Critics around Massimiliano Allegri will perhaps go down a notch: accused of playing a boring and not very offensive game, the Italian coach responded by offering a breathless copy, and ultimately not rewarded with victory. Angry after Monday’s draw against Sampdoria (0-0), where he only touched a few balls due to his coach’s pragmatic tactics, Dusan Vlahovic responded in the most beautiful way from the start of match. He hit a free kick full axis with force, and the ball came to smash the crossbar before entering the goal of Rui Parico, motionless (2nd).
Surprisingly, the Old Lady did not release her grip and stalked the Wolf with great intensity. Juan Cuadrado was close to doubling the bet (16th), then it was Manuel Locatelli who scored the second Turin goal with a rebound from the right at twenty meters (25th). A short-lived joy, since the VAR refused it for a handball error by its Serbian striker during the action.
Tammy Abraham equalized for AS Roma (M. Pinca/Reuters)
A few moments later, it was Juan Cuadrado who tried to score in force from a free kick, but Rui Patricio read the trajectory well to avoid conceding his second goal of the season (65th). The tense duel between Chris Smalling and Vlahovic required the intervention of the referee on several occasions, including one to check a penalty situation using the VAR (45th).
Tammy Abraham has equaled Trevor Francis as England’s third-best goalscorer in Serie A. The AS Roma goalscorer is overtaken by Gerald Hitchens (59 goals) and David Platt (31 goals).
More comfortable in the second half, the Giallorossi gradually took control of the match after the exit of Adrien Rabiot (see below), and after a first alert on the goal of Wojciech Szczesny (67th), Tammy Abraham equalized on a scramble in the surface of Juve (69th). Roma lose their first points of the season, but are already doing better than last year when they lost their two games against the last 4th in Serie A.
Fact of the match: Adrien Rabiot’s injury exit
It’s a blow for Juve as the Champions League approaches. Midfielder Adrien Rabiot, hit in the left thigh, left the field at the hour mark. The former Parisian stopped short in the middle of the field, and asked for the intervention of the doctors. Rabiot, however, came out alone on his legs, for what looks like a muscle problem.