Juventus went eight points clear at the top of Serie A to after beating nine-man Roma 3-0, ending their unbeaten run
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Trivia attack 2: That's 10 wins on the bounce for Juve and the end of Roma's unbeaten record this season, a run of 17 games
Is that the Scudetto sewn up? Juve are now eight points clear after this comprehensive win and at Serie A's half way point. The only way I can see Roma (or anybody else) catching up, is if Juventus decide to sell some of their stars which month, or if their probable success in the Europa League leaves them looking leggyin the second half of the season. Both are very unlikely, given the relative strength of their squad.
After a bright start, Roma looks bereft of ideas and resorted to lumping it in the box from wide areas, dealt with easily by Chiellini and co. Juve countered well, Tevez and Pogba in particular catching the eye, and squeezed the life out of their rivals.
Trivia attack: there were 84 seconds between the two Roma red cards tonight.
There's no added time, despite of course there being plenty to add on due to the two red cards. It was procession for those last two minutes.
87 min: Ljajic skies it into the raptuous Juventus fans. Poor. I wish Totti was still on.
86 min: The ball break to Destro who, nutmegs Barzagli but is felled by the defender. A promising position, even if it is just a consolation
85 min: Pass, pass, pass. Olé, Olé, Olé
81 min: A miserable state of affairs for Roma, who can only watch as Juve calmly pass the ball around the midfield to the tune of 41,000 Olé's on every completed pass. Ljajic decides enough is enough and dumps Pogba on the turf. Yellow card.
77 min: Vucinic steps up and smashes the penalty to De Sanctis's right, who dives the wrong way. Vucinic used to play for Roma, but thankfully, there's no 'respect' being shown to their supporters, he runs off widly to embark upon an excellent knee-slide.
76 min: Madness! Pirlo delivers to the back post again, which is nodded back across goal. It looks a certain goal, with Bonucci rising to head his second and Juve's third from point blank range, but wait! Like a naughty salmon, Leandro Castan rises, and punches the ball clear. That was blatant. Penalty for Juve, red for the Brazilian
75 min: The free-kick is exactly where Juve's second goal came from, Pirlo poised!
74 min: De Rossi is off for a two-footed lunge on Chiellini on Juve's left! Surely the nail in Roma's coffin. Correct decision, that was nasty.
72 min: Substitution as Totti comes off, Florenzi is on. I don't understand that to be honest. There's no space for the quick Florenzi to exploit. What you need is a craftsman No10. Totti trudges off.
71 min: Dip, swerve and straight down De Sanctis's throat
70 min: Vidal draws a foul from Strootman on the edge of the Roma box. Pirlo is poised
67 min: The only space is Juve's half is down the flanks. More poor crosses and Juve's clearances ensue, before Torosidis boots it out.
64 min: Gervinho is hungry for the ball but is running with no space in front of him. Antonio Conte's pointing and gesticulating is now in full flight as Juventus set up with two banks of four.
62 min: Roma are coming back into it here, the Totti shuffle has worked. Still Juve are standing firm in defence, Chiellini closing Totti down but conceding a corner.
If you're referring to Guardian Masterclasses, then no he doesn't. But we did get a legendary Italian in the form of Alessandro Nesta on our panel to decide who the best 100 footballers were in 2013. Five Roma players made the list to Juve's four, although Pirlo was the highest placed Serie A player at 21.
If you have any problem with the list, email or tweet me yeah?
58 min: Mirko Vucinic comes on, as Carlos Tevez is cheered off the pitch
56 min: Tevez turns well and fires over the bar, but immediately signals to the bench, looks like he's tweaked something.
54 min: Looks like Totti is going to drop deeper to try and subdue Pirlo who's growing more influential
51 mins: And if by magic Destro appears on the sidelines. He's scored in all three of his appearances for Roma this season. He replaces Pjanic while Dodo is replaced by Torosidis. Both changes are tactical, although Pjanic has taken a kicking today
48 min: Over 60% possession for Roma, two goals down. With Totti dropping deep, their lack of a focal point is really looking costly. I'd expect to see either Borriello or Destro shortly
47 min: Simple as you like. Roma's man-marking is completely undone from a Pirlo set-piece, curled to the back post. Bonucci slides in completely unmarked, Leandro Castan deciding it's a good time to nod off into some kid of coma
Juventus 2-0 Roma (Bonucci 47)
No changes from either side
"Why do Italian clubs have so many on the subs bench?" asks Ruth Purdue. In case you missed the substantial team lists earlier, Italian teams can enjoy up to 12 subs on the bench, which was introduced in 2008, as it was seen as important to give more choice to the coaches for changes during games, but also because it was unfair to send called up players to the stands as it threatened to see their value plummet.
Enjoy: the hands of Paulie Gualtieri
Roma have had more of the ball but have only really threatened from range, or from a dead-ball. Juve have grown into the game and have countered well. I'm still on for my 2-0 here.
45 min: Last chance for Roma before the break, 6ft4in Benatia is up from the back for a free-kick out wide. As mentioned, he's Roma's joint top scorer this season.
44 min: Pogba has gone down in a heap. He's been excellent this first half. Somebody, that based on Manchester United's defeat at home to Swansea today, the English champions could really have done with him in the middle of the pitch ... oh.
41 min: Penalty shout! Everything is coming down Roma's left. Lichtsteiner crosses into the hand of Dodo, who really didn't have a hope of getting out of the way there. No pen.
40 min: Totti has dived and Gervinho has beem caught offside in very quick succession. Shock. Horror.
38 min: Juve have swung the tide and are starting to boss the game. Llorente has a pot-shot from range which fizzes over the bar.
37 min: BIG CHANCE! Tevez finds room on the right, fires a low cross across the six-yard box, but it evades everyone, including a Llorente at the back post.
35 min: Another Juve break, led by Vidal, which fizzles out. For a moment Pirlo was the furthest player forward there. LOL, as the kids say.
32 min: Chiellini, not to be outdone, picks up a yellow of his own for hacking down Pjanic.
30 min: Tevez is booked for a foul on his former team-mate Maicon. The booking looks more for dissent. His dissenting has definitely improved since moving to Italy, which is to be expected.
29 min: Pogba leads a counter-attack but overhits the through ball to Tevez. Juve soaking up the pressure and looking dangerous on the break
28 min: Roma are bombarding Juve's goals with crosses and long balls, but Juve are equal to it, you get the feeling that Chiellini's aerial prowess will be vital tonight. Incidentally, it is the Italian's 300th appearance for Il Bianconeri tonight
26 min: "I just wanted to add how I couldn't stop smiling during the opening coin toss/handshake between Buffon and Totti" smiles Daniel Williams. "They were laughing and joking around, looking more like best friends being reunited than opposing captains. Even the refs were joining in! It was a great moment to see." Update: Totti is not smiling. He is doing a sexy scowl as he overhits a free-kick, out for a Juve goal-kick
23 min: Buffon is busy, extinct bird and Roma left back Dodo testing him from range. Roma's keeper De Sanctis is hands on hips, his own task thus far picking the ball out of his net.
Just out of curiosity, does every Serie A side have a megaphone HYPE guy? Juventus do, and the shouts of VIDAL are deafening. It's very similar to this guy at Napoli.
21 min: Roma do look dangerous, Pjanic again testing Buffon who spills his save, but well cleared by Lichtsteiner for a throw-in
19 min: Roma immeadiately look to respond, Pjanic (who looks fine after that knock) striking from 20 yards: Buffon diving to his left, probably not at full stretch to be fair
Juventus' first attack of the game! From a throw, Tevez finds two much room inside the box, and De Rossi, of all people doesn't get close enough. He slips a delicious little ball through to Vidal, who side-foots it in from 6 yards out. Cue pandemonium
Juventus 1-0 Roma (Vidal 16)
14 min: Roma are down to ten, as Pjanic receives some treatment.
12 min: Lots of ball-time for Roma's back four, Tevez and Llorente aren't pressing them at all.
Despite the opening exchanges, Alex O'Connell thinks "Juve to be too good tonight, I fancy 3-1 and one for the excellent Vidal." He's scored three times in the last two meetings between these two sides.
8 min: Roma really have settled well and are looking by far the better team, enjoying most of the possession but breaking quickly when they win the ball off Juve.
7 min: Oooooo close! Totti releases Pjanic down the right but his pass is overhit and Buffon is able to smother and clear for a Roma corner
5 min: I'm almost certain I used that phrase wrongly
4 min: Roma enjoying the best of the opening stages and Totti has won a free kick about 25 yards out. 'Deve morire' ring down from the stands
2 min: Even though Maicon is playing in a back four, he'll get forward and keep Asamoah busy. The former Man City defender has looked great since arriving from England, as has Gervinho, come to think of it
1 min: Gervinho drives up the middle but is legally chopped down. He had lots of support there but didn't look up
Peep peep: we're off
Can I just say, the Juventus stadium is looking bloody marvellous, it really is a unique ground in Italy, certainly compared to the old Stadio delle Alpi. Huge black and white banners cascade down the steep stands. The teams are coming out. I'm EXCITED
I'm going with 2-0 Juve. They have conceded just seven in the league all season, and have lost just once all season, that defeat coming away at Fiorentina, when Serie A's leading scorer Giuseppe Rossi bagged a hat-trick. Richard Williams recently did this nice little piece on Rossi for anybody that is interested.
Roma are the league's top scorers as a team but have beaten their hosts just twice in the last sixteen meetings between the teams.
There's a sniper in the crowd! Only joking, although Elizabeth Manning has emailed in tonight's first death-related Italian phrase. "When a player is down and rolling around as they do, the opposing supporters sing 'deve morire' = he must die."
Our ref tonight is Nicola Rizzoli, who I know nothing about, other than he's from Bologna. However I do know there were murmurs of bringing England's very own Howard Webb in to officiate. This of course, didn't happen - he was too tired after giving Everton a penalty against QPR in yesterday's FA Cup tie.
Juventus (3-5-2): Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Asamoah, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Tevez, Llorente Subs: Storari, Rubinho, Isla, Caceres, Ogbonna, Peluso, De Ceglie, Padoin, Marchisio, Giovinco, Quagliarella, Vucinic
Roma (4-2-1-3): De Sanctis; Maicon, Benatia, Castan, Dodò; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Ljajic, Totti, Gervinho Subs: Lobont, Skorupski, Burdisso, Romagnoli, Jedvaj, Torosidis, Taddei, Ricci, Bradley, Marquinho, Florenzi, Borriello, Caprari, Destro
Most notably, Juventus have red hot striker and doting husband Carlos Tevez back in their line-up after the Argentinian took some leave to go back to South America to tend to his heavily pregnant wife. He'll partner Fernando Llorente in a classic Quinn/Phillips combo. They'll play three at the back, with pesky wing backs Kwadwo Asamoah and Stephan Lichtsteiner ready to get forward on the flanks.
For Roma, expect Strootman and De Rossi will sit deep in front of the back four while Pjanic will push on. I'm slightly concerned that Roma are lacking an out-and-out striker: remember that their top scorer(s) have notched just four goals this season: Florenzi, Strootman, Gervinho and defender Benatia all sharing the honour. Expect to see Destro come on if/when Totti runs out of gas in the second half.
Whatever you think about the Italians, you can't say that they don't have a way with words. My personal favourite Italian-ism is a toast: 'Cent'anno!', which admittedly I learnt off The Sopranos, but loosely translates to 'Health for a hundred years!' Lovely stuff.
Imagery is particularly important. When Danielle De Rossi was asked if he wanted to join Manchester United in the summer, a 'no' would have sufficed for the Roma captain. Instead he announced that he “would have committed suicide” if the move had gone through.
Italian derbies also have excellent names. Whether it's Derby del Sole (Derby of the Sun) for Napoli v Roma, or Derby della Madonnina (Derby of the Virgin Mary) for the Milan derby, it certainly sounds better than the 'north London derby'.
Disappointingly, the Juventus and Roma derby doesn't have an official name so I'm giving it one: Il grande (The Big One, according to Google translate). Their rivalry is relatively recent, tracing back to the 1980/81 season where the two sides met: an apparently legitimate Roma goal was ruled out for offside, with the 0-0 draw eventually helping Juve to the Scudetto.
The rivalry has hardly decreased of late, with both sides well clear at the top of Serie A going into tonight's game. Juventus are first, and five points clear of Roma, and have won every match at home this season, and all of the last nine. Roma haven't lost all season and set a Serie A record earlier this season by winning their first ten matches. Cue irresistible force, immovable object, etc.
Five points behind, it's not do or die for Roma, but my inkling is that if Juventus do move eight points clear, that will probably be enough for the title, assuming Juve don't sell or sustain any key injuries in the near future. My money is on the home side, but it's all set to be a cracker.
Hit me up your thoughts and/or predictions and if anybody has some excellent Italian phrases that they want to lay on me, Sopranos-based or otherwise, I'll be waiting.
Kick off: 7.45pm BST