Player rating as a Juve Edge Serie A classic

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Roma threw away a two-goal lead when Juventus scored a Serie A thriller with seven goals 4-3 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night.

The hosts seemed to be at home and dry in the second half, only to see their two-goal lead overturned by a plethora of blows from the Old Lady, before captain Lorenzo Pellegrini missed a penalty that would have leveled the score once again.

Roma won a series of corners in the initial exchanges and converted from one of them within 10 minutes. Tammy Abraham was the scorer.

Two Juve stars, Federico Chiesa and Paulo Dybala, were then combined to reach a level. Chiesa cut in from the left and put one on a plate for Dybala, who caressed an insert in the upper corner.

The fact that Chiesa was lifted with an injury after the half-hour mark did not prevent Juventus from taking over the rest of the first half. His replacement, Dejan Kulusevski, even went close to a second goal with his header saved by Rui Patricio.

At half-time, Roma should have scored, and Chris Smalling failed to direct a free kick from a corner.

Fortunately for Jose Mourinho, he did not have to wait long to see his team move on with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s rejected effort in the loop less than three minutes after the restart. Shortly after, they had a third where Pellegrini shocked Juventus with a sublime free kick.

Then, with Roma on a cruise, Juve turned the game upside down with two quick strokes to level things.

First, Álvaro Morata crossed for Manuel Locatelli to nod home and four minutes later Kulusevski collected an effort. The latter strike was eventually called off after a lengthy VAR review, which had originally been blamed for offside.

Things took a new turn 13 minutes from the time when Mattia De Sciglio threw herself on a defensive error from Smalling and buzzed home to 4-3 to the away team.

Before we had a chance to catch our breath, there was even more drama when Matthijs de Ligt was judged to have handled in the box, which resulted in both a penalty for Roma and a second yellow for the Dutchman.

Pellegrini, however, could not convert from 12 yards, and saw Szczesny save his temporary kick slightly low to his right.

It was almost a turning point in the death where Abraham was apparently dropped in the box, but the judge rightly waved off the protests.

Here are your Bianconeri players’ ratings from the Italian capital …

De Ligt has expelled / Silvia Lore / GettyImages

Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 7/10 – A busy day for Poland. Did not have much chance for any of the goals and saved a penalty. All in all, not bad.

Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 6/10 – A couple of fantastic moments on the ball. He developed his side on the pitch consistently.

Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 3/10 – Never forced himself. The red card was a bit harsh but he gave the referee a decision to make.

Daniele Rugani (CB) – 4/10 – Struggled to track down Abraham at times. Generally sluggish.

Mattia De Sciglio (LB) – 7/10 – Unlucky that Mkhitaryan’s effort distracted him. A well-rounded hill show, ended with a wonderful victory goal.

Locatelli scored a rare goal / Paolo Bruno / GettyImages

Weston McKennie (CM) – 5/10 – Did a little of each without excelling with any task.

Manuel Locatelli (CM) – 7/10 – Took his nod extremely well and was Juventus’ best midfielder. Really growing into its more advanced role.

Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – 5/10 – Not so noticeable. No surprise to see him subbad.

Chiesa was forced off in the first half / Silvia Lore / GettyImages

Paulo Dybala (RF) – 7/10 – Showed incredible calm and technique to equalize in the first half. Knit things together.

Moise Cain (ST) – 4/10 – A little too secure in possession. Did not get a shot on goal.

Federico Chiesa (LF) – 7/10 – Looked bright in the early substitutions and then created the goal. Unfortunately for Juve, he was forced out due to injury after half an hour.

Kulusevski also scored / Paolo Bruno / GettyImages

Dejan Kulusevski (LF) – 7/10 – Had big shoes to fill when Chiesa left but managed quite well. Scored a goal.

Alvaro Morata (ST) – 8/10 – Turned the game in Juventus’ favor when he came on.

Arthur Melo (CM) – 6/10

Giorgio Chiellini (CB) – N / A

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