Dybala helps Roma equalize against Juventus

MILAN ( Associated Press) — Roma’s Argentine striker Paulo Dybala returned to his old Juventus stadium on Saturday to assist in a draw for Jose Mourinho’s team that failed to extend his perfect run in Serie A.

Dusan Vlahovic scored in the 76th minute and Juventus were in complete control of the match until Tammy Abraham equalized in the 69th minute.

“After the first half, I felt ashamed of my men, I told them in the locker room that I was ashamed to be their coach. I prayed after the first 30 minutes that the first half would end with us scoring just one goal,” Mourinho said.

A 1-1 draw means Roma have dropped their first points since starting the season with two wins. Napoli, who face Fiorentina on Sunday, is the only player in Serie A to score a perfect run.

It was an emotional comeback for Dybala, who cried in his last game for Juventus in May.

Abraham said, “I’m going to hug him now that he goes to the locker room.” “It is difficult for them to come here with their old team and their old stadium. I’m sure it’s emotional for him, especially after getting help. But luckily I got help.”

In seven years with Juventus, Dybala scored 115 goals, and Bianconeri won 12 titles, including five in Serie A.

But the often-injured Argentine striker did not enter into coach Massimiliano Allegri’s plans after Juventus signed Vlahovic. Dybala left the Turin club when his contract expired and signed with Roma in July.

He was applauded by Juventus fans when his name was heard over the loudspeaker during the warm-up. He also gave him signs of affection at 77 minutes, when he left. He is still looking for his first goal with his new team.

In the match, Roma began attacking in the second half and equalized when Dybala sent a precise cross to Abraham’s header with acrobatic scissors.

Giroud Back

Olivier Giroud scored the campaign’s first goal in his opening game to help champions Milan beat Bologna 2–0.

Recovering from a muscle problem, Giroud was fit enough to start as a substitute in Milan’s last two matches.

The striker opened on Saturday and scored a brilliant goal in the 68th minute with an acrobatic volley from Rafael Leyo.

Léo scored in the 21st minute after a big assist from newcomer Charles de Catelair.

Giroud’s brace in the last game of the previous campaign helped Milan win their first Serie A title in 11 years.

The newly promoted Cremonese suffered a 2–1 loss at home to Torino and have so far scored no points in the tournament.

Sasuolo drew 2-2 with Spezia.


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