Juventus, Roma draw
Juventus and Roma failed to get the better of one another and ended up sharing the spoils in a lively 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico tonight.
The two sides were committed to trying to win the game to the very end and delivered an entertaining battle which confirmed they both have the credentials to challenge for the title this season. Juventus had the first chance of the game in the seventh minute when Fabio Quagliarella's pass sent Iaquinta through, but the
At the other end,
The hosts then went ahead 10 minutes before the interval with Aquilani lifting the ball into the area and Iaquinta turning to volley the ball unstoppably past
The pace was frenetic early in the second half too with
Juventus coach Luigi Delneri believed his team deserved more. "We totally deserved to win, we did everything to win, we had five or six great chances and gave little away to Roma, who were in great form," he said. "Look at my team not the table, I'm very happy with my lads. We deserved the three points, we've got a lot of character."
Roma coach Claudio Ranieri understandably disagreed, although he admitted his team needed to show more in the final third. "We needed to be more incisive and clinical, just like they (Juve) did against Brescia (in midweek) they stayed back and waited," he said.
"There were two teams that wanted to win, maybe in the first half we had the chance to be more clinical but we didn't take it.
"They scored from their first chance, then we equalised, and in the second half there was a chance here and a chance there.
"We're a good team, we need to be always hungry and concentrated, that's the way we want to play with everyone," concluded the Roma coach.