Juventus-AS Roma: Diego Shines Again As Juve Beat Roma 3-1 at The Olimpico

Danny PenzaSenior Writer IAugust 30, 2009

ROME - AUGUST 30:  Ribas d Cunha Diego of Juventus celebrates after scoring during the Serie A match between Roma and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on August 30, 2009 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

In the Serie A opener, Diego was the one setting up the game's lone goal. In Serie A's second week, Juventus' new magician was the one scoring the goals.

The tiny Brazilian's brace led the way as Juventus conquered Rome in emphatic fashion for the second straight year, beating Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Italy's capital city. Ciro Ferrara remains undefeated as Juve coach and the way he has his team playing, things are looking awfully good.

The game started out with neither team really taking control of the game. Roma would control the ball for a minute, then Juve would head the other way.

As time went on, Juve started to show that they were the better team of the afternoon. The first legitimate chance of the day came when Amauri was just inches away from getting his head on a Vincenzo Iaquinta cross.

Roma debutant goalkeeper Julio Sergio was called into action for the first time when Diego's cross found Tiago's head in the six yard box. The 30-year-old keeper had to go full extension to make the save.

From then on, the fun was underway.

Juve broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when Diego stole the ball from Roma defender Marco Cassetti and went on a run that spanned basically half the field. If the run wasn't great, then the finish was better as Diego waited until the last possible second to put it past the Roma keeper with the outside of his right foot.

Roma answered back just seven minutes later in shocking fashion. As Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon was setting up his wall, Daniele De Rossi quickly received a free kick and unleashed a 30-yard bolt into the top corner on the net.

The score was leveled and an unimpressive Roma side was back in the game.

Juve didn't allow the goal to bring them down, however. Amauri had two quality chances in the following minutes only to be denied by Julio Sergio and then by the woodwork.

Despite Juve's resurgence as the half came to a close, it should've been Roma who had the lead going into the break. Francesco Totti was fed a beautiful ball by Jeremy Menez but unfortunately for Roma, Buffon was up to task this time, making a fantastic save to keep the score even at one.

Juve's attack didn't let up as the second half began. It was Amauri yet again putting pressure on the Roma defense. The big Brazilian striker chested the ball down and then forced a kick save out of Julio Sergio at the near post.

After Claudio Marchisio went off injured in favor of Mauro Camoranesi, Amauri forced another quality save out of Julio Sergio—this time forcing the Brazilian keeper to go low and parry the ball away.

It didn't take long after Amauri's close call for another Brazilian to find the back of the net. And of course, as you probably expected, it was Diego getting his brace.

A quality Iaquinta backheel sent Diego through and Juve's new magician did the rest. Diego showed off the moves that had him so highly-regarded after his transfer, turning Phillipe Mexes around multiple times before finally beating Julio Sergio to the far post.

Brace recorded. Time to Samba.

The result of the goal was a 2-1 lead for Juve, but it also saw the game open with 20 minutes to go. Menez had a very good chance to level the score, but it only flashed across the face of goal.

As stoppages started, another Brazilian for the Old Lady, debutant Felipe Melo, showed his goalscoring touch after making a fantastic run. The 26-year-old blasted a left-footed strike past Julio Sergio to put the exclamation point on a great even for the Turin giants.