SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, February 18, 2013
Michael Bradley came on in the second half to help Roma see out a surprising victory over league leaders Juventus in Serie A action Saturday night.
Bradley played spectator for the first 65 minutes, before coming on to shore up the midfield and protect a late lead.
In a back-and-forth contest, the guests had the game's first golden chance to take the lead. Andrea Pirlo curled a free kick around the wall in the 18th minute and nearly beat Maarten Stekeleburg, but the Dutch netminder got down to deny the Italian Trequartista with his left hand.
In the 47th minute, Francesco Totti played in Paolo Osvaldo into space in the box. With his marker on his hip and keeper Gigi Buffon racing off his line, the Roman striker was put off just enough to pull his shot wide of the far post.
Juventus nearly took the lead a minute later on a spectacular volley by Mirko Vucinic, but the Montenegrin's snap shot for beyond the box sailed tantalizingly wide of the mark.
Osvaldo should have done better off of Miralem Pjanic's cross in the 56th minute, but he hit his uncontested header from point blank right into Buffon's fists.
Roma grabbed the game-winner a minute later.
Pjanic hit a low free kick into the box, where it was kicked out by Juventus. Totti was lying in wait at the top of the box and the Roman captain sent in a one-time rocket into the corner that left Buffon with no chance.
With the win Roma leapfrogged Udinese to put them into eighth place with 37 points. Up next for Bradley and Roma is an away date versus Atalanta on Sunday.