Tue 23 May 2023 6:42 am - Jerusalem Time

Italian Championship: Rome continues to bleed points and a black evening for Juventus

Roma continued bleeding points by falling into a draw trap in front of its guest Salernitana 2-2 on Monday at the Olympic Stadium in the capital at the end of the thirty-sixth stage of the Italian Football Championship, while Juventus lived a black evening by deducting 10 points from its score and losing humiliatingly against Empoli 1-4.

In the first match, Salernitana scored in the twelfth minute, through veteran midfielder Antonio Candreva (36 years old), following a pass from Mali's Lassana Coulibaly.

Roma waited at the beginning of the second half to equalize through Stephan El Shaarawy (47), but his joy lasted only seven minutes, as Senegalese Boulay Dia re-advanced the guests after a pass from Poland's Christophe Piontek (54).
Serbian Nemanja Matic equalized for Roma in the 83rd minute.

Roma settled for one point, raising its score to 60 points, and regained sixth place, maintaining its hopes of competing for the fourth and final card that qualifies for the Champions League competition next season, benefiting from the penalty of deducting 10 points from Juventus’ balance and its humiliating loss against its host Empoli 1-4, as it retreated. To seventh place with 59 points.

And Roma, who failed for the sixth match in a row to win the league (four draws and two losses), is four points behind fourth Milan.

Roma has the opportunity to reserve its ticket to the Champions League in the event that it wins the title of the European League competition “Europa League” in front of Spanish specialists Seville on May 31.

On the other hand, Juventus received two severe blows within an hour and a half, the first by deducting 10 points from its balance before its match against Empoli after a hearing to review its previous sentence (15 points) due to fraud and illegal financial activity that was suspended on April 20, and the second by losing to the latter. 1-4.

Juventus wished to continue its revival and achieve the fourth successive victory to reduce the difference to only two points from Milan, who finished fourth and last, qualifying for the Champions League, but it suffered a sudden loss against Empoli, who had nothing to lose after ensuring its survival in the first division.

The two strikes added to the disappointment of Juventus' exit from the semi-finals of the "Europa League" competition at the hands of Seville last Thursday.

It is the first loss for Juventus in its last five matches (a draw and three consecutive victories), so its score stuck at 59 points in seventh place, compared to 42 points for Empoli fourteenth.

Juventus played the match in the absence of more than one mainstay, most notably Brazilian Danilo and Colombian Juan Cuadrado due to suspension, and captain Leonardo Bonucci, Mattia de Scilio and Frenchman Paul Pogba due to injury.

The hosts surprised their guests with two early goals through Francesco Caputo (18 from the penalty spot) and Sebastiano Luberto (21).
Massimiliano Allegri pushed Federico Chiesa and Argentine Leandro Paredes at the beginning of the second half in order to remedy the situation, but his task became more complicated by conceding the third goal through Caputo (48).

Allegri played two cards, Argentine Angel Di Maria and Moise Kean (59).

Chiesa succeeded in narrowing the gap with a powerful shot from inside the area (85), but Roberto Piccoli, Caputo's replacement, brought him back to his past by scoring the fourth goal with a shot from close range (90 + 3).


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Italian Championship: Rome continues to bleed points and a black evening for Juventus