Juventus closed the hole on SSC Napoli on the high of the Serie A desk with an exhilarating 1-Zero victory over high-flying AS Roma.
One purpose from Medhi Benatia proved an excessive amount of for the travelling Giallorossi, extending Roma’s winless run towards Juventus in Turin.
Edin Džeko had Roma’s first sighter of purpose, getting on the tip of a Stephan El Shaarawy cross to check the reactions of Juve’s defence.
Minutes later, Sami Khedira, Mario Mandžukić and Gonzalo Higuaín might have damaged the impasse for the hosts, however all of them dragged their shot agonisingly huge.
Juventus lastly acquired their purpose following two world-class saves from AS Roma’s goalkeeper, Alisson Becker. The Brazilian stored Giorgio Chiellini’s header out with a robust save, earlier than his fingertips directed Medhi Benatia’s shot onto the bar.
Nonetheless, the previous Roma defender was there as soon as once more and on the third time of asking, the Outdated Girl took a deserved lead.
Higuaín was left lambasting the referee after he felt he was fouled following a mixture up between Alisson and Federico Fazio earlier than the half-hour mark, with Wojciech Szczęsny then being known as into motion to maintain out El Shaarawy.
Either side had been restricted to a handful of half probabilities within the the rest of the first-half, with the primary jiffy after the restart following the identical sample.
Gonzalo Higuaín had the primary actual probability of the second-half, sending a golden probability to double Juventus’ benefit over the bar from shut vary.
Edin Džeko discovered himself with an excellent alternative to attain for Roma, with Chiellini coming near placing the ball into his personal web as soon as the ball was returned to the penalty space.
Alisson was as soon as once more known as into heroics for Roma to disclaim Blaise Matuidi, with Miralem Pjanić additionally seeing his effort stored out by the 25-year-old goalkeeper.
Alessandro Florenzi got here the closest to getting the guests on the scoresheet late on, with the right-back ghosting in behind Chiellini and diverting a supply onto Wojciech Szczęsny’s crossbar.
Cengiz Ünder, Diego Perotti and Patrik Schick additionally got here near levelling the scoreline within the dying seconds of the match. Nonetheless, the Outdated Girl had been capable of maintain out, even hitting the guests woodwork in added time by Miralem Pjanić, declare all three factors on the Juventus Stadium to shut the hole on the high of the Serie A desk.