Ju­ven­tus top Roma on penal­ties in friendly

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS - —AFP

Ju­ven­tus closed out the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­ons Cup friendly tour­na­ment with a 5-4 win on penal­ties over Roma af­ter the Ital­ian clubs played to a 1-1 draw. Mario Mandzu­kic’s open­ing goal for Ital­ian cham­pi­ons Ju­ven­tus was can­celled out by Edin Dzeko’s sec­ond-half strike.

The match, be­tween last sea­son’s top two teams in Serie A, of­fered a tan­ta­liz­ing glimpse of the up­com­ing do­mes­tic cam­paign. Man­agers Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri and Euse­bio Di Francesco named strong start­ing line­ups.

Ju­ven­tus were more ac­tive in the open­ing min­utes and were re­warded in the 29th when Croa­t­ian for­ward Mario Mandzu­kic beat Fed­erico Fazio onto a through ball from Alex San­dro, drib­bling around Roma goal­keeper Allison and fir­ing to make it 1-0 in the 29th minute.

Roma’s Diego Perotti and Dzeko com­bined for three promis­ing ex­changes but were un­able to break through and Roma went into the break a goal down.

But Dzeko de­liv­ered the equal­izer in the 74th, tap­ping in a cross from Alek­san­dar Ko­larov from close range.

But in the shootout, Marco Tum­minello’s miss proved too much to over­come and Ju­ven­tus handed Roma a sec­ond shoot-out de­feat of the tour­na­ment. The match drew some 33,000 fans to Gil­lette Sta­dium, home of the NFL’s Su­per Bowl cham­pion New Eng­land Patriots.

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