Juventus tops AS Roma in penalty kicks





FOXBOROUGH — AS Roma is among the few teams expected to compete with Juventus for supremacy in Italy’s Serie A. And the Giallorossi showed they could be up to the challenge by playing Juve to a 1-1 draw in an International Champions Cup match before a crowd of 33,039 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

Mario Mandzukic gave Juventus a 29th-minute lead, Edin Dzeko equalizing for Roma in the 74th minute — nine minutes after Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was replaced by Carlo Pinsoglio. Juventus then won a penalty kick shootout, 5-4.

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Juve went with most of the starters from the team that reached the Champions League final for the second time in three years. The Bianconeri, restyling the defense after losing Leonardo Bonucci to Milan, went with a central pairing of Medhi Benatia and Daniele Rugani in the first half, then brought in regulars Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini.

Juventus, playing through Claudio Marchisio and Miralem Pjanic in midfield, opened the scoring as Mandzukic rounded Roma goalkeeper Alisson. Left back Alex Sandro set up the goal, lifting a pass toward the left side of the penalty of the area, Mandzukic, held onside by the Roma back line, running onto it, drawing out Alisson, and clipping the shot in from a tight angle as Juan Jesus attempted to recover.

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Both teams went deep into their benches in the second half.

Among the substitutes was Federico Bernardeschi, acquired on a 40 million euro transfer from Fiorentina, making his Juventus debut. Bernardeschi had a chance to decide the result, but sent a left-footer off the side netting on an 86th-minute counterattack. The subs included Douglas Costa, on loan from Bayern Munich, his best move a 58th-minute shot that was blocked by Alisson, who recovered to then stop Gonzalo…

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