Mario Mandzukic’s header helped Juventus best Roma, 1-0, extending the home side’s undefeated run in the Serie A.
Despite being 32, Mario Mandzukic is still doing what he does best – scoring important goals. The Croatian’s headed strike helped Juventus to a 1-0 win over AS Roma last night. A result which we correctly predicted.
Mandzukic’s contribution helped the Bianconeri register their 16th win in the Serie A and still remain undefeated in the league. Juve’s win meant that Roma lost their fifth game in the league and currently sit at 10th in the table. Things are certainly not looking good for Eusebio di Francesco and his men.
Juventus’ attacking intent was evident from the opening minute. They got exceedingly close to opening the scoring in the first minute, with Kostas Manolas averting the danger for the visitors.
The home side wasted a golden opportunity five minutes later, via Alex Sandro. The full-back was one on one against Robin Olsen, who was able to get a hand and turn away Sandro’s attempt at goal.
The Brazilian had another attempt at goal, in the 18th minute. His strong shot from the left wing was again turned away by Olsen. Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort in the 32nd minute was also pushed away by Olsen.
Three minutes later, Juventus finally got the ball past Olsen. Mattia de Sciglio sent in a delightful curling cross and Mandzukic overpowered Davide Santon to head the ball into the net. The Croatian’s goal was his eighth in the Serie A and ninth across all competitions.
Right before half-time, Roma got their first credible attempt of the game. Steven Nzonzi headed in from a Davide Santon cross. Wojciech Szczesny, however, was there to save it comfortably.
In the second half, Ronaldo was again denied by Robin Olsen’s heroics. The Swede stopped the Portuguese superstar’s header in the 59th minute and a minute later stopped his volley. Unable to find the net from the rebound, CR7 expressed his frustration by kicking the post.
Despite having greater possession, Roma were unable to carve out scoring opportunities. They, however, got exceedingly close a minute before stoppage time. Bryan Cristante headed the ball towards the top-left corner. It took an acrobatic catch by Szczesny to deny the Italian from getting the equalizer for Roma.
A minute into stoppage time, substitute Douglas Costa got at the end of a low cross from Ronaldo to find the net. Roma, however, appealed for VAR consultation which led to the goal being disallowed. The reason for it was that Blaise Matuidi had fouled Nicola Zaniolo during the build-up for the goal.