AS Roma vs. Juventus: Winners and Losers from Serie A Game
Ten-man AS Roma fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Serie A leaders Juventus on Monday, and as a result remain nine points back of the Bianconeri with 13 matches remaining.
Vasilis Torosidis, initially booked for a foul on Arturo Vidal in the 19th minute, was sent off the pitch in the 62nd for what the referee judged to be a second bookable offense by the Greek.
From the resulting free-kick, Carlos Tevez opened the scoring, although Roma manager Rudi Garcia was able to regain a foothold in the contest with his subsequent substitutions.
With 12 minutes remaining and substitute right-back Alessandro Florenzi standing over a free-kick won by Juan Iturbe, another sub, Seydou Keita rose above everyone to head the ball into the back of the net and restore level terms.
Roma pressed on for a winner after that, but all in all, a 1-1 draw seemed a fair result after 90 minutes.
Following are some of the individual winners and losers from the encounter.
Winner: Carlos Tevez, Who Opened the Scoring with a Well-Taken Free-Kick
Carlos Tevez revealed his own ability from a set-piece situation on Monday, when he beat Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis with a free-kick after Arturo Vidal had drawn a foul off Vasilis Torosidis.
As WhoScored.com pointed out on Twitter, Tevez is now alone atop the Serie A goalscoring chart with 15 tallies this term.
"Tevez has been watching Juninho DVDs," analysed beIN Sports commentator Andres Cordero.
Loser: Vasilis Torosidis, Who Got Himself Sent off
Vasilis Torosidis had a night to forget Monday, and it began in the 19th minute when he was booked for a late challenge on Arturo Vidal.
Midway through the second half, the Roma right-back was booked for a second offense on the Chilean, and, from the resulting free-kick, Carlos Tevez opened the scoring.
"Torosidis is protesting, but why?" asked Sportsnet's Peter Galindo. "It was a clear challenge."
Winner: Seydou Keita, Who Scored the Equaliser
From start to finish, Seydou Keita was one of AS Roma's better players on Monday.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, he touched the ball 68 times, completed 85 percent of his passes and won all of his aerial duels, according to WhoScored.com. If that wasn't enough, in the 78th minute, his header restored level terms at Stadio Olimpico.
Alessandro Florenzi's delivery from the right was a good one, but the 35-year-old still had plenty to do to outjump his marker and head the ball past Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Winner: Juan Iturbe, Whose Introduction Changed Everything
Roma were a different animal the moment Juan Iturbe was introduced in the 71st minute.
Suddenly, they attacked their opponents at speed, and in the 77th minute, the substitute attacker earned a free-kick off of Giorgio Chiellini that allowed Seydou Keita to score with a header.
Iturbe, 21, touched the ball 17 times in his cameo, took a pair of shots and won three dribbles, according to WhoScored.com.
Loser: The Roma Old Guard, Who Didn't Last the Full 90
Roma looked quicker and sharper without longtime contributors Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi.
Totti, who often seemed to slow his side's buildup play, was withdrawn in the 71st minute in favour of Juan Iturbe, who would end up being a difference-maker for the hosts.
De Rossi, meanwhile, made way for Radja Nainggolan just two minutes later, his most notable moment of the match being a late, needless challenge on Alvaro Morata.
"Totti and De Rossi subbed again," remarked BT Sport analyst James Horncastle via Twitter.
Winner: Roberto Pereyra, Who Contributed Pace and Energy to Juventus
Whether bursting downfield on the counterattack or rushing back into his own half of the pitch to help close down an opponent, Roberto Pereyra was generally impressive for Juventus on Monday.
Lightning-quick with the ball at his feet and crisp in his passing, he made a good stand-in for absent midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba and will surely be an important part of manager Massimiliano Allegri's Bianconeri going forward.
"Pereyra has come on leaps and bounds since the start of the season," analysed freelance football journalist Patrick Kendrick.