Ruthless Juventus: Fiorentina beaten. Sensational comeback for Roma: down 0-1 in the 91st minute they overturn Lecce and win 2-1


By John

NET: 9′ pt Miretti.
FIORENTINA (4-2-3-1): Terracciano 5.5; Parisi 5, Martinez Quarta 5.5, Ranieri 6 (44′ st Mina sv), Biraghi 6; Mandragora 6, Arthur 6 (32′ st Ikone sv); Nico Gonzalez 6.5, Barak 6 (14′ st Bonaventura 6), Kouame 5.5 (32′ st Sottil sv); Beltran 5.5 (1st st Nzola 5.5). On the bench: Christensen, Martinelli, Comuzzo, Milenkovic, Amatucci, Maxime Lopez, Infantino, Duncan, Brekalo. Coach: Italian 5.5.
JUVENTUS (3-5-2): Szczesny 7; Gatti 6, Bremer 6.5, Rugani 6.5; McKennie 6.5, Miretti 7 (16′ st Cambiaso 6), Locatelli 6, Rabiot 6, Kostic 6.5; Chiesa 5.5 (22′ st Milik 6), Kean 5.5 (22′ st Vlahovic 5.5). On the bench: Perin, Pinsoglio, Huijsen, Nicolussi Caviglia, Ngonge, Iling, Yildzic. Coach: Allegri 6.5.
REFEREE: Chiffi of Padua 6.
NOTE: Booked: Ranieri, Rabiot, Kean, Gatti. Corners: 9-2 for Fiorentina. Recovery time: 3′; 6′

Fourth consecutive victory for Juventus, who in the Sunday postponement of the eleventh matchday of Serie A move to home on the Fiorentina pitch. At the Franchi it ends 1-0 for the Bianconeri thanks to Miretti’s push in the opening stages of the match: Allegri’s team, in their sixth match in a row without conceding a goal, continues to trail leaders Inter, returning to -2 from the top, while the Italian men, defeated for the third consecutive time in the championship without scoring, remain stuck at 17 points. Ten minutes on the clock and the Bianconeri break the deadlock with Miretti’s great strike, who anticipates Martinez Quarta on Kostic’s low cross from the left, scoring the 1-0 away score. The Viola did not let themselves be intimidated and as the minutes passed they took the field, arriving at the conclusion in the 23rd and 29th minutes with Nico Gonzalez, the first blocked centrally by Szczesny while on the second the Polish goalkeeper was forced to block to remove the danger.
At the end of the half the Juventus goalkeeper was once again the protagonist on a free kick from Biraghi, resulting from a foul by Rabiot on the same side and neutralized with a nice dive. In the second half it is Fiorentina who competes in search of an equalizer, while Juventus thinks about defending themselves, mostly looking for some counterattacks.
In the 71st minute Parisi scared the Bianconeri again with a left-footed shot from a tight angle, which ended up not far wide, while in the final moments a header from Nzola flew over the crossbar without causing too many problems for Szczesny. In injury time the last real chance is for the guests: McKennie crosses from the right, Cambiaso heads away and calls Terracciano to save to avoid doubling the lead.

GOALS: 27′ st Almqvist, 46′ st Azmoun, 49′ st Lukaku.
ROMA (3-5-2): Rui Patricio 6; Mancini 5 (33′ st Kristensen 6), Llorente 5.5, Ndicka 5.5; Karsdorp 6 (33′ st Zalewski 6.5), Bove 5.5 (25′ st Renato Sanches 5.5), Cristante 6, Aouar 6 (28′ st Azmoun 7.5), El Shaarawy 6 (33′ st Belotti 6); Dybala 7, Lukaku 7. On the bench: Boer, Svilar, Celik, Pagano, Joao Costa. Coach: Mourinho 7.
LECCE (4-3-3): Falcone 7; Gendrey 6, Pongracic 5.5, Baschirotto 5, Dorgu 6 (17′ st Gallo 5); Kaba 6, Ramadani 6, Rafia 6 (17′ st Gonzalez 6.5); Almqvist 7 (35′ st Touba 4), Krstovic 7 (35′ st Piccoli sv), Banda 7 (29′ st Strefezza 6). On the bench: Brancolini, Samooja, Venuti, Smajlovic, Oudin, Berisha, Faticanti, Blin, Sansone, Burnete. Coach: D’Aversa 5.5.
REFEREE: Colombo of Como 6.
NOTE: peaceful evening, pitch in good condition. In the 4th minute Falcone saved a penalty from Lukaku. Booked: Banda, Dorgu, Ramadani, Renato Sanches, Touba, Strefezza, Llorente, Lukaku. Corners: 5-2. Recovery: 2′; 8′.

A sensational comeback in full recovery he allows Roma to overturn Lecce when defeat seemed to be written. At the Olimpico it ended 2-1 thanks to goals from Azmoun and Lukaku in the 92nd and 94th minutes, after the surprise lead scored by Almqvist during the second half. The Belgian literally blew up the Olimpico after a subpar match and especially after the first missed penalty in Italy at the start of the match. Mourinho’s team thus redeems the defeat in Milan against Inter and rises to 17 points a week before the derby with Lazio (16), while D’Aversa’s men, who throw away what would have been a feat , they remain stuck at 13. Just over a minute passes from the starting whistle and the first twist of the match arrives: Dybala kicks a sure shot in the middle of the area, Baschirotto touches it with his hand and after a VAR check the referee awards the penalty kick. The Argentine leaves the spot kick to Lukaku, but the Belgian lets himself be hypnotized by Falcone. However, the hosts continued to play the game and in the 25th minute they returned to scare the Salento players with a curling shot from Aouar, rejected by the goalkeeper; then in the 31st minute it was Dybala who came very close to scoring an extraordinary goal by shaving the post with a left-footed volley from the edge. The guests, despite the various dangers, did not sit idly by and, despite not creating any clear chances, they appeared in Rui Patricio’s direction several times. The Portuguese goalkeeper was instead forced to keep good guard in the 54th minute, when Pongracic reached the conclusion after a nice run in the area. On the turnaround in front the duel between Lukaku and Falcone is renewed, again won by the Lecce goalkeeper who blocks a shot from the Belgian with his foot.
In the 72nd minute there was another twist: a counterattack by Lecce led by Banda gave the visitors the lead thanks to Almqvist, who struck Rui Patricio with his left foot for the 1-0 which put the Olimpico on ice. Roma’s reaction was entrusted to the usual left-footed Dybala, who slipped to the bottom of nowhere after an exchange with Lukaku, while on the other side Strefezza went one step away from doubling the Salento lead with a right-footed diagonal. The ultra-offensive set-up of Mourinho’s team seems unable to bring the desired results, but in full recovery, thanks to Azmoun’s header and Lukaku’s strike, Roma sensationally overturns the result and finds three very important points.