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01.08.2020 » Juventus 1-3 AS Roma. The champions close the curtain with a loss!

Cristiano Ronaldo holding the Serie A trophy

Juventus played their last Serie A fixture of the season this Saturday night and once again, the champions let their fans down and lost the game. The Bianconeri were defeated at home by 3-1 against AS Roma...

There is a popular saying that: "All is well when it ends well", but that's not entirely the case in Turin. The Italian champions hosted AS Roma tonight and ended up losing 3-1 against the Romans, in a game that marked the close of the curtain for Juventus in the Serie A. The league title may already have been secured a week ago after the win against Sampdoria, but there are multiple signs that things are not working as they should with the "Sarri-ball" in Juventus. It's never easy to predict the outcome of a football game in the Serie A and that's why it's important to check and understand what are the best betting sites for such a competitive league. Cristiano Ronaldo was rested for the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against Olympique Lyon and several other key players were also given some rest in this weekend's fixture, as there was nothing at stake tonight.

Juventus 1-3 AS Roma - Goals and highlights:

Rotations from both sides...

Without most of their usual starters on the pitch, Juventus approached this last game of the Serie A with a poor competitive attitude and the result was another loss at the hands of a rival. The Turin side looked a bit bored and extremely unmotivated, which is somehow understandable as the only objective left in their agenda for the season is advancing to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League.

In tonight's game, Sarri played safe and rested multiple players that could be playing a very important role in the return leg against Olympique Lyon, scheduled for next Friday. In goal, Szczesny returned to his starting spot and had a back-four formed by Danilo, Frabotta, Bonucci and Rugani. The champions' midfield engine was tasked to Matuidi, Muratore and Rabiot, who played together for the first time this season. Upfront and without Cristiano Ronaldo and Dybala available for the clash this evening, Zanimacchi, Bernardeschi and Higuaín completed the lineup.

Juventus weren't the only side making changes to their typical lineup though, as Roma also have an important Europa League game against Sevilla in a few days time against. Nevertheless, the Romans managed to perform better in overall terms and they handed Juventus their 3rd league loss in their last 4 games.

Gonzalo Higuaín in action in Juventus vs AS Roma

Losing confidence before the Champions League...

Few would have guessed how tonight's game was going to unfold, especially after seeing Juventus breaking the deadlock right in the 1st minute of the game. A corner-kick from Bernardeschi on the left attacking side, had Rabiot deflecting it on the near-post and Gonzalo Higuaín finishing it off in the heart of the box, scoring his 8th Serie A goal of the season.

However and just like it happened multiple times over the last months, Juventus gave it all away... The visitors' equalizer took place in the 23rd minute, when they basically returned the Italian champions the favor by also scoring a goal from a corner-kick play. The cross came in from Perotti and Kalinic used his head to beat Szczesny for the first time on the night.

The comeback was completed when Perotti converted a penalty-kick in the 44th minute of the first-half. The Argentine winger had already scored against Juventus back in January when the two teams met at the Olimpico, but this time his scoring contribution would yield a different outcome for his side.

The final nail in Juventus' coffin was struck by the man of match, Diego Perotti. The 32-year old converted a penalty-kick in the 52nd minute and secured AS Roma an impressive 3-1 win at the Allianz Stadium. With tonight's loss, Juventus also had their unbeaten run of 39 games at home broken, as the last time they had lost a game in Turin takes us back to April of 2018 (vs Napoli).

Danilo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuaín and Dybala

Juventus line-up vs AS Roma:

Goalkeeper: Szczesny
Defenders: Frabotta, Rugani, Bonucci, Danilo
Midfielders: Matuidi, Muratore, Rabiot
Attackers: Zanimacchia, Bernardeschi, Higuaín.

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Juventus in the UEFA Champions League is on August 7, against Olympique Lyon. You can watch Juventus vs Lyon, Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Inter vs Getafe, Manchester United vs LASK Linz, Brentford vs Fulham, and Bayer Leverkusen vs Rangers, all matches provided from our live soccer and football game pages.

Juventus next game:
Juventus vs Lyon
kick-off time (07-08-2020):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:00
| UTC/GMT+7: 02:00
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:30
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+2: 21:00
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 21:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 16:00
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:00
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:00

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Matuidi surrounded by AS Roma players

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