Juventus vs Roma Player Ratings: Abraham Replies to Vlahovic

At the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Juventus hosted Roma in the second top clash of the Serie A weekend. Dusan Vlahovic cemented himself as the star of the match from get-go, breaking the deadlock with a stunning freekick as early as the second minute. The Bianconeri dominated the first half and could have added more goals, only that they didn’t, allowing Tammy Abraham to snatch a second half equalizer for the visitors. So here are our player ratings for the exciting meeting between Juventus and Roma.

Juventus (4-3-3)

Wojciech Szczesny – 6

The former Roma custodian was a bystander for the first hour against his old employers. Made a routine save on Abraham minutes before the latter’s goal. It wasn’t entirely his fault but perhaps he could have been more aggressive inside his own area.

Mattia De Sciglio – 6

The fullback started the match on a positive note, winning his personal duel against Spinazzola. However, he loses points for his mediocre performance in the second half, which included unprecise crosses and wayward shots.

Gleison Bremer – 6.5

The former Torino man was solid throughout the evening, keeping Abraham at bay. He will be disappointed to concede a goal.

Danilo – 7

Massimiliano Allegri decided to entrust the Brazilian with a central role in the absence of Leonardo Bonucci, and the former Real Madrid man repaid him with an influential display at the back. Marshalled the backline with confidence, made some timely interceptions and helped in bringing the ball forward.

Alex Sandro – 6

It wasn’t a bad performance from the former Porto man who helped in limiting Dybala’s danger, until Roma’s goal equalizer. Threatened with a shot early on, but his influence regressed as the match progressed.

Adrien Rabiot – 6.5

It’s a shame that the Frenchman sustained what appears to be a muscular injury at a time when he was enjoying one of his best outings in recent memory. Bossed the middle of the park, won the ball with ease and supported the attacks with elegant runs.

Manuel Locatelli – 6.5

Despite receiving a booking early on, the Euro 2020 winner maintained the intensity for Juventus in midfield, at least until the middle of the second half. Managed to double his team’s lead with a lovely shot from the edge of the box, but was unlucky to see his effort overturned by VAR for a handball on Vlahovic.

Fabio Miretti – 7

A brilliant outing from the teenage sensation who caused all sorts of problems for Roma in the middle. Picked up his teammates with clever passes and made dangerous runs towards goal.

Juan Cuadrado – 6.5

La Vespa provided Locatelli with the assist for the disallowed goal and was a constant menace from the right flank for as long as he lasted on the pitch. Nonetheless, his wasted shots ultimately cost Juventus two valuable points.

Dusan Vlahovic – 7.5

The Serbian bomber only needed a minute to stun Patricio with an unstoppable freekick. At times fought the Giallorossi’s three-man backline on his own.

Filip Kostic – 6

An improved display from the newcomer, even if it remains a far cry from his Bundesliga performances. Always willing to track back to help Sandro dealing with Karsdorp and winning the ball back for his team.

Juventus Substitutes

Denis Zakaria – 6

The Swiss replaced the injured Rabiot and did well on the defensive phase. But his technical touch abandoned him on some occasions.

Arkadiusz Milik – 6

A decent first outing from the former Napoli striker who fought hard for the ball, but needed more time to impact the match

Weston McKennie – 5

The Texan replaced Cuadrado on the right wing but offered none of the Colombian’s skills and trickery.

Nicolò Rovella – N/A

Moise Kean – N/A

Roma (3-4-2-1)

Rui Patricio – 6

The Portuguese was left stranded and helpless against Vlahovic’s scorcher. He could have done better on Locatelli’s shot, but was bailed out by VAR. Pulled off a decent save on Cuadrado.

Gianluca Mancini – 5

The Italian wasn’t at his best, giving away several fouls. When José Mourinho opted to change his lineup at halftime, it was Mancini who was sacrificed at the back. Not a positive indication.

Chris Smalling – 6.5

A solid outing from the former Manchester United man. Although Vlahovic caused him problems at times, he was still able to limit the Serbian’s danger.

Roger Ibanez – 6.5

Following a rocky start, the Brazilian gained composure and put on an impressive shift at the back. Used his pace to beat Vlahovic to the ball.

Rick Karsdorp – 5.5

The Dutchman struggled against Kostic who prevented him from going forward to support Roma’s attacks. He’ll have to improve his performance to maintain a starting berth, as Celik is knocking on the door.

Bryan Cristante – 5

Despite some improvement in the second half, it remains a day to forget for the former Benfica man who repeatedly lost his duels against the Juventus midfielders, and committed a flurry of fouls. Was also wasteful with the ball.

Nemanja Matic – 5.5

Similar to his teammate, the Serbian veteran had a tough start, but eventually managed to grab a hold on the match in the last 20 minutes.

Leonardo Spinazzola – 5

The former Juventus wingback struggled on the left lane, as he mostly found more than a single opponent standing in his way. Was nowhere to be seen after the halftime break.

Paulo Dybala – 6.5

The Argentine was biggest attraction prior to the clash, and left the Allianz Stadium with a mixed bag. Couldn’t get much going for the largest part of the match, but still, his acrobatic effort provided the assist for Abraham’s crucial equalizer.

Lorenzo Pellegrini – 5.5

The captain ran hard, but wasn’t his influential self for the majority of the evening. Reminiscently to several of his teammates, he visibly improved in the second half.

Tammy Abraham – 7

The former Chelsea man cut a frustrated figure for the first hour as he found himself isolated between Bremer and Danilo. Nonetheless, he remains a true bogeyman inside the six yards box, and made no mistake when Dybala flicked the ball in his direction, as he nodded it home.

Roma Substitutes

Nikola Zalewski – 6

The young wingback replaced Spinazzola but had troubles in containing Cuadrado. Nonetheless, his mission became easier following McKennie’s introduction.

Stephan El Shaarawy – 6

The former Milan man didn’t see much of the ball, but still threatened the Juventus backline with his menacing pace.

Mehmet Zeki Celik – 6.5

The newcomer proved to be an upgrade on Karsdorp as he managed to limit Kostic’s danger.

Marash Kumbulla  – N/A

Edoardo Bove – N/A

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