Juventus Stadium, Torino, Italy
Juventus extended their consecutive winning streak to eleven games thanks to a narrow one-nil victory over struggling rivals Roma, who haven’t won since December. The goal came thirteen minutes from time courtesy of Paulo Dybala, who, single-handedly won it for the Old Lady.
Both sides started well, however it was the visitors that dominated possession early on.
The first chance came after five minutes when Leonardo Bonucci let fly from-range, but it was easily gathered by Wojciech Szczęsny in the visiting goal.
Four minutes later, there was a coming together off-the-ball between Roma skipper Daniele De Rossi and Juventus forward Mario Mandžukić, in which the Italian appeared to stamp on the former Bayern Munich and Atlético Madrid striker, resulting in a freekick to the hosts. The Italian was very fortunate to escape with just a yellow card. The resulting Paulo Dybala freekick was saved by Szczęsny.
In the 17th minute, the visitors came close when Alessandro Florenzi had a pop from-range, but it was comfortably gathered by veteran keeper Gianlugi Buffon.
Two minutes later, a long ball played forward found Dybala, whose chipped effort hit the bar, however had it crept underneath, it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the Argentinean forward was offside.
Midway through the first half, another fine cross-field pass, this time from Dybala, found former Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra, whose first-time volley was charged down before he struck the loose ball wide.
A minute later, the home side came close when a Paul Pogba header looped over the bar.
In the 36th minute, the visitors had a big opportunity when Edin Džeko headed on a cross from the left onto Florenzi, but the latter sliced his effort well wide.
Moments later, the home side through they should have had a penalty when a loose ball struck the outstretched arm of Miralem Pjanić, however, the decision went against the Turin outfit, as Mandžukić was adjudged to have fouled De Rossi in the build-up to the incident.
In the 44th minute, Bonucci found Dybala, who found a yard of space before curling an effort that Szczęsny did well to gather.
That was the last action of the first half as the referee blew his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
The second period began with the visitors dominating the lion’s share of possession.
The first real chance of the second period came after the hour mark from the visitors, when a deflected effort from Radja Nainggolan just looped over the bar.
In the 65th minute, the home side made their first change of the game, with Stephan Lichtsteiner departing for Colombian Juan Cuadrado.
Two minutes into his introduction, the Colombian surged forward before firing an effort that tested Szczęsny, who dived to his right.
In the 68th minute, the home side almost opened the scoring. A nice back-heel from Pogba, following a Cuadrado cross, found Mandžukić who played-in Evra, who fired a powerful effort that Szczęsny managed to divert away, winding himself in the process.
Two minutes later, the visitors made their first change of the game, bringing on former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita for William Vainqueur.
In the 75th minute, the home side came close when Pogba let fly, but his effort was just wide.
Two minutes later, the Frenchman was involved again, this time, helping the home side take the lead. Pogba found Dybala, who did well to stay onside, the Argentinean took a touch before finding the far post with a well-struck left-footed effort.
Two minutes later, the visitors had the ball in the net, however, it was ruled out for a foul. Džeko pushed Andrea Barzagli before poking past Buffon.
In the 83rd minute, the home side made their second change of the game with goalscorer Dybala departing for former Real Madrid striker Álvaro Morata.
Two minutes later, the home side came close when Evra cut-inside before firing straight into the arms of Szczęsny.
In the 88th minute, the visitors came close to finding a leveler when a deflected Pjanić freekick just missed the target, with the resulting corner coming to nothing.
Soon after, the visitors made their second change of the game, taking off Mohamed Salah for Sadiq Umar.
There were four additional minutes for stoppages and in the second of those, the visitors made their third and final change with Florenzi giving way for Vasilis Torosidis.
That was the last action of the game as the referee blew his whistle to bring the game to an end.
The victory for Juventus meant that they remained in second on 45 points, two behind leaders Napoli. The defeat for Roma meant that they remained in fifth on 35 points, and extended their winless run under returning manager Luciano Spalletti.