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A fascinating game unfolded at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening, as Juventus edged out Roma to clinch the Winter Champion crown. Capitalising on Inter’s Saturday night draw with Atalanta was paramount, although the Bianconeri looked increasingly shaky as the game developed.
The battle on the side-lines was one for the football hipsters. Progressive Roma coach Paulo Fonseca attempting to outwit Maurizio Sarri.
There were no surprises in either starting XI, but injuries during the first half forced both tacticians into changes. Merih Demiral and Nicolò Zaniolo were making an impact on proceedings for their respective sides and it was a blow for everyone to see two of Europe’s most talented young players removed because of injury.
There was a frenetic start, Juventus found themselves ahead within minutes and doubled their lead with the match barely 10 minutes old. Roma’s self-harm was emphatically punished. Aleksandar Kolarov defended a Miralem Pjanic free-kick poorly and allowed Demiral to finish unopposed at the back post. Jordan Veretout was then guilty of being caught in possession on the edge of his own box as a result of poor awareness and indecision. Fingers will be pointed at goalkeeper Pau Lopez, but Veretout had more than enough time to deal with the ball. A midfield player at this level is
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