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Juventus wastes chance to clinch title with 3-1 loss at Roma

Juventus wastes chance to clinch title with 3-1 loss at Roma

- The last time Juventus did not win in three successive Serie A games was back in September 2015.

Juventus needed just one point from the match to confirm a sixth consecutive Scudetto, and they were well o their way to that Serie A record when Mario Lemina slotted home 21 minutes in.

The Old Lady face Crotone (home) and Bologna (away) in their final two matches so even Roma must know that Juventus have the Scudetto wrapped up.

Egypt worldwide Mohamed Salah assisted AS Roma's third goal as the Giallorossi claimed a 3-1 victory over leaders Juventus on Sunday.

Higuain nearly pulled one back for Juventus during the last minute of injury time but his shot was saved by Roma keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

"Juve started well and we went down a goal. We need to be focused on our objective and not let anything obscure our view." - said Spalletti.

"We'll lose something without him but we have other options we can turn to in order to win the game".

Just an absolutely ideal ball from Salah, who found Nainggolan in stride and from there it was easy as you like, as Radja just bared down, gripped it and ripped, blasting it past Buffon to double Roma's lead.

Allegri, whose side also have a Champions League final with Real Madrid to prepare for, told juventus.com: "We're experiencing a special period at the moment and it is there to be enjoyed". The Argentinian had a couple of chances but both were put wide.

Roma striker Edin Dzeko's absence due to a calf strain robbed Roma of the aerial threat usually provided by the Bosnian.

De Rossi levelled four minutes later from a rebound after Gianluigi Buffon had made a double save.

Roma resumed in determined fashion after the interval, De Rossi earning a quick a caution after clattering into Miralem Pjanic. Not surprisingly, El Shaarawy and Salah were arguably Roma's most effective players tonight, accounting for four shots on goal, three key passes, a goal and an assist combined. Pescara-based politician Antonio Razzi has urged him to join the city's club, which will play in Serie B next season under Zdenek Zeman - the former Roma coach who made Totti captain nearly two decades ago.

SES is without a doubt Roma's most athletic player and it showed here, as he skirted around Stephan Lichtsteiner at the edge of the 18 before bending a lovely ball into the far post, past the outstretched hands of Buffon.

The only reason why Juventus hadn't secured the league trophy earlier was the squad rotation policy that allowed the team to give their best in important games against Monaco, and chances are the head coach will not be doing anything different this time out.


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