Serie A

Juventus 1-1 Roma: Giallorossi salvage a point on Paulo Dybala's return to Turin

Craig Vickers
Paulo Dybala faced Juventus for the first time since leaving
Paulo Dybala faced Juventus for the first time since leaving / Valerio Pennicino/GettyImages
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Tammy Abraham cancelled out Dusan Vlahovic's early opener as Juventus dropped points in Serie A for the second consecutive week in a 1-1 draw with Roma at the Allianz Stadium.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri was without Angel Di Maria for the visit of the Giallorossi, handing a start to 19-year-old Fabio Miretti in midfield.

The headlines pre-match predominantly centred on the return of Paulo Dybala to Turin, with the Argentine partnering eventual goalscorer Tammy Abraham in attack for Jose Mourinho's side.

However, the duo were upstaged in the early exchanges by Vlahovic. 90 seconds had barely elapsed in the contest when the Serbian international rattled a free-kick in off the underside of the bar to open the scoring for the hosts.

Juventus thought they had doubled their advantage in the 25th minute when Manuel Locatelli beat Rui Patricio from range, although VAR intervened and ruled that Vlahovic had handled the ball in the lead up to the goal.

Filip Kostic and Juan Cuadrado were proving a huge threat on the counter-attack for the Old Lady, who had reduced Roma to just a single effort on target in the first half.

However, Mourinho's side grew into the game after the restart as Juve dropped deeper to protect their slender advantage.

And Roma's second half endeavoured was rewarded in the 69th minute. A deep corner from Lorenzo Pellegrini was met by a sensational scissor kick from Dybala where, lurking as all good strikers do, Tammy Abraham was on hand at the far post to turn the ball home.

Allegri sent for Weston McKennie and new signing Arkadiusz Milik, but the home side were unable to restore their advantage as their up-and-down start to the season continues in Serie A.


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