Roma player ratings v Juventus: Gervinho frustrates, Iturbe cameo crucial

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Roma managed to salvage a 1-1 draw with Juventus despite going down to 10 men, maintaining the nine-point gap between themselves and the Serie A leaders.

Morgan De Sanctis (6/10) – Faced only one shot on target the entire game, rooted to the spot as Carlos Tevez’s free-kick beat him. Distribution could have been better; threw the ball directly to Juventus to spark a counter in the 36th minute. Wasted precious time late on taking goal kicks.

Vasilis Torosidis (5/10) – Was a decent outlet in the first half, making himself available down the right. The first of five Roma players to be booked. Made a critical error in running across Arturo Vidal to pick up his second yellow card, even if the decision was slightly harsh.

Kostas Manolas (7.5/10) – Roma’s top performer on the day. Nearly scored an own goal making a clearance in the first half, but it was a crucial intervention nonetheless. Used his strength well to bully Juventus’ attackers and showed intelligence in picking the right moments to win the ball. Forming a tasty rivalry with Alvaro Morata.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (6.5/10) – An archetypal display from the Frenchman, finely balancing risk and reward. Made a risky back pass and gave the ball away to spark a counter in the first half. Otherwise, was proactive in stepping forward to cut out passes and covered well with his impressive recovery pace.

Jose Holebas (6/10) – Had a sloppy opening half-hour, giving the ball away unnecessarily several times. Seemed repressed by the figure of Lichsteiner opposite him, not able to influence the attack to the level he is accustomed to.

Miralem Pjanic (5.5/10) – Too pedestrian in the opening 45 minutes, recycling possession but unwilling to run at the tightly-packed Juventus defence in an attempt to unlock it. Only became more authoritative as Roma made a run at a win late on once substitutions had been made. Another disappointing showing for the Bosnian.

Daniele De Rossi (5.5/10) – Wasted no time in hacking down Vidal within the opening minute. Made a few solid tackles to dispossess attackers on the counter, but for the most part found himself bypassed by speedier opponents. Didn’t offer much dynamism for Roma going forward.

Seydou Keita (7/10) – The best of Roma’s starting trio in the centre of the park. Didn’t do anything detrimental with the ball and was the only one willing to make runs into the box. Got his reward with a late equaliser from Alessandro Florenzi’s free-kick, his experience proving necessary in the Giallorossi’s comeback.

Gervinho (6/10) – Cut a frustrated figure for the majority of the match. Unable to get in behind the defence, found himself unwilling to commit defenders with the ball at his feet given Juventus’ considerable threat on the counter. Only began to express himself when Roma went down to 10 men, finding the confidence to take his marker on one-on-one.

Francesco Totti (5/10) – Didn’t have the magic in his boots required to have an impact. Dropped deep per usual to avoid being physically confronted by the Bianconeri centre backs, rendering Roma without a threat through the middle. Roma’s tempo noticeably quickened following his substitution.

Adem Ljajic (5.5/10) – Too isolated when in possession, finding himself without a team-mate to combine with. Had only a single moment of brightness, able to dribble past a series of defenders, only to find no support in the penalty area.

Substitutes

Alessandro Florenzi (6.5/10) – Came on for Ljajic to take the place of Torosidis after the Greek was sent off. Showed verve and desire lacked before his entry. Delivered an inch-perfect free-kick for Keita’s equaliser.

Juan Iturbe (6.5/10) – Made an excellent cameo which helped turn the tide in Roma’s favour. Created havoc for Juventus with his pace, winning the free-kick that led to the tying goal by forcing Giorgio Chiellini to scythe him down in a dangerous area. Also had a chance to net the winner, but scuffed his shot.

Radja Nainggolan (6/10) – Questionably omitted from the starting line-up. Provided the drive Roma desperately needed in midfield after coming on, reducing the impact of Juventus’ numerical advantage.

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