Roma vs. Juventus: Score, Report and Post-Match Reaction

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2014

Roma defender Vasilis Torosidis, of Greece, left, and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, of France, vie for the ball during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Roma and Juventus at Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, May 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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Juventus reinforced their position as the best side in Serie A with a 1-0 win over Roma in the Eternal City.

Roma made a superb start to the season but were unable to keep up the momentum, and Juventus ultimately stormed to the title.

Failure to rotate made this record possible but also cost Juve in Europe. Will need to understand, different ingredients needed in Europe

— Carlo Garganese (@carlogarganese) May 11, 2014

Sunday’s game at the Stadio Olimpico handed Roma the chance to throw down a marker ahead of next season, but they were unable to find a way past Juve.

And it was Juventus who stamped their class, although they left it late to seal the win—with Dani Osvaldo netting deep into injury time.

Osvaldo seals the game for Juve! 99 points -- another Serie A record.

— Anthony Lopopolo (@sportscaddy) May 11, 2014

Roma made a bright start and had the ball in the net on 17 minutes, but Vasilis Torosidis was penalised for handball.

Roma legend Francesco Totti came close to rolling back the years on 23 minutes, as he showed exquisite control on the edge of the box before firing a fizzing drive narrowly over the bar.

Juve took some time to find their stride but had a major chance when Fernando Llorente galloped clear. The forward made crisp contact with his shot but was denied by a fine save from Lukasz Skorupski.

Gervinho had a massive chance for Roma on 39 minutes, but Marco Storari stood tall to deny the former Arsenal forward.

Paul Pogba was quiet in the opening 45 minutes, but he almost stole the show seconds before the break when crashing a shot against a post.

Storari was handed a rare start, with Gianluigi Buffon rested, but he more than justified his place with a fine save to deny Torosidis on 50 minutes.

The Juventus keeper kept his side on level terms in the final 10 minutes with a superb double save to deny Radja Nainggolan and Alessandro Florenzi as Roma failed to find a winner:

An excellent double save from Storari, first denying Nainggolan before regaining his feet to thwart Florenzi's follow up. #RomaJuve

— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) May 11, 2014

The great Andrea Pirlo had a chance to win it late on for Juventus when Carlos Tevez was brought down on the edge of the box, but he was unable to find his range with the free-kick.

Where Pirlo failed, Osvaldo did not. Stephan Lichtsteiner drove to the byline and pulled the ball back for Osvaldo, who slotted home.

He is on loan at Juventus from Southampton, and it is not clear whether the move will be made into a permanent arrangement. He certainly did his cause no harm with a late winner to break Roma hearts.

Speaking immediately after the game, Pogba made it clear Juventus want to crack the century of points in the final game of the season. He said, "Now we'll go for a 100-point finish—we can do it.”