Juve see off Roma
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus restored their five-point lead in Serie A following a 2-0 win over Roma.Juventus restored their five-point lead at the summit of the Serie A table following a 2-0 win over struggling Roma.
Goals from the in-form Alessandro Del Piero and a second from substitute Marcelo Zalayeta gave Fabio Capello's side the points against his former club.
After a slow start to the contest, with both sides taking time to adjust to the poor weather conditions at the Stadio Delle Alpi, it was Juve to took control.
Firstly, Pavel Nedved crossed from the left only for Sweden international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to volley over the bar from inside the box.
Mauro Camoranesi copied Ibrahimovic's example and lashed over after 23 minutes, this time from Gianluca Zambrotta's left wing cross.
The left side continued to be a source of joy for Juve, but Emerson was unable to direct his glancing header on target from a left wing corner.
The home side finally made the breakthrough shortly after the half hour mark when Del Piero latched onto Camoranesi's lay off to drill a right-footed effort past the helpless Zotti.
Ibrahimovic had the ball in the net again before the break with a superb header, however the Pierluigi Collina ruled out the goal as the striker was deemed offside.
Roma would have equalised before the break had it not been for the brilliance of Gianluigi Buffon to tip over Vincenzo Montella's close-range drive from Francesco Totti's angled through ball.
The action died down after the interval as the rain continued to fall in Turin and it was not until late on that the contest was settled.
Just two minutes after Zalayeta came on for Del Piero the front man latched onto Ibrahimovic's pass before beating Matteo Ferrari in the box and slotting past Zotti.
Totti came close to reducing the arrears with eight minutes remaining, but his sweetly struck free-kick beat both the wall and the outside of Buffon's left hand post.
The home side finished the game with just ten men when former Roma stalwart Emerson was sent off for bringing down Antonio Cassano and collecting his second yellow card.
The victory maintains Juve's superb start to the campaign that has seen them drop just two points from their opening eight games.
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