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

Geronimo Vena
Mag 15, 2017

Juventus will have to wait another week to claim an historic sixth successive Serie A title after Roma ran out 3-1 winners at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.

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.

By that stage, Juventus will know whether they can still win the treble with the Champions League final against Real Madrid to come on 3 June.

They return to the Stadio Olimpico to face Lazio in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday.

Inter Milan's struggles continued after they suffered a 2-1 loss to Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

Perhaps with those fixtures in mind, Allegri rested standout playmaker Paulo Dybala.

Higuain met a long pass from Stefano Sturaro at the edge of the goalbox with a volley that enabled Lemina to bang the ball in.

However, Daniele De Rossi levelled four minutes later before Roma stunned the Turin side with second-half goals from Stephan El Shaarawy and Radja Nainggolan.

Gianluigi Buffon appeared confused by Lichtsteiner's deflection when he was beaten by El Shaarawy's shot, which deflected in off the far post. Then Nainggolan played a one-two with Mohamed Salah and scored with a typically emphatic finish.

Earlier José Callejón scored twice and Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Piotr Zielinski added goals for Napoli, who extended their unbeaten streak to 10 matches with their victory over Torino.

Conte wants more centre-back options at the club with John Terry set to depart and Champions League football on the agenda for next season.

Youth coach Stefano Vecchi will replace Stefano Pioli, who was sacked on Tuesday after six months in the post.

Sassuolo doubled their advantage five minutes into the second half when Iemmello knocked in a cross from Pol Lirola, before Inter substitute Eder pulled one back with a deflected drive.

Genoa lost 1-0 at relegated Palermo when their goalkeeper Eugenio Lamanna caught a harmless Andrea Rispoli header under the crossbar but stepped backwards into his goal and took the ball over the line with him.

Juve's failure to beat Atalanta and then Torino over the last two weekends has been blamed on their run to the last four in the Champions League, with a tough two-legged tie against Monaco requiring Allegri to deviate from his fearsome first team, which was so powerful against the French side. Crotone kept their hopes alive with a 1-0 win against Udinese while Genoa lost 1-0 at Palermo and Empoli were defeated 3-2 at Cagliari.

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