Juventus ran out 3-0 winners over Roma to extend their lead at the top of Serie A on Sunday, with the away side having two players sent off in the second half.
87 - Only 87 seconds have passed between D. De Rossi and L. Castan red cards in #JuveRoma. Blackout.— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) January 5, 2014
Roma made the better of the early running and had plenty of pressure inside the Juve half, though Gianluigi Buffon was not called upon to make a save.
After a little more than a quarter of an hour, the opening goal arrived at the opposite end, with Arturo Vidal finishing after Carlos Tevez managed to find him in the box.
Dodo and Miralem Pjanic tested Buffon from range, but it was the home side who continued to get stronger thereafter and finished the first half well on top.
Straight after the restart, Juve went 2-0 up as Andrea Pirlo's free-kick was slid home at the far post by Leandro Bonucci. From that moment on, Roma never looked capable of getting back into the game and, in fact, the away side lost their focus entirely as the match wore on.
First Daniele De Rossi was sent off for a shockingly late, two-footed tackle, before Leandro Castan followed him a moment later for a deliberate handball on the line.
Mirko Vucinic slotted away the resulting penalty and Juve easily saw out the game for a big win.
Juventus are well on their way to another Scudetto while Roma are still on course for a brilliant season. Hope it doesn't fall apart.— Tom Rowland (@TWRowland) January 5, 2014
Good stuff from Juventus, clear winners. Roma were disappointing, but 17 unbeaten is very impressive and they're still hugely overachieving.— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) January 5, 2014
Now if only Juventus could have been this good in Champions League— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) January 5, 2014
Juve stay on top and go eight points clear of Roma, who remain in second. Next up, Juve travel to Cagliari while Roma are home to Genoa.