taly’s Serie A 2014-opening blockbuster did not disappoint as defending champions Juventus struck what could prove to be a fatal blow in the race for the Scudetto.
Their clash with unbeaten Roma – their nearest rivals in second – brought three goals and two red cards, with the strikes going to Juve and the dismissals to the visitors as Rudi Garcia’s men were turned over 3-0.
Roma’s ten successive wins were a distant memory on Sunday night as Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci and Mirko Vucinic scored for the home side.
Vucinic’s goal came from the spot at the end of a shocking minute for Roma which also saw Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan sent off inside 86 seconds.
Rodriguez headed home a corner midway through the second half to keep the hosts in contention for a top-four place.
The win came at a cost, though, as La Viola striker Giuseppe Rossi suffered a possible injury setback after hurting his knee during the victory.
La Viola confirmed the Italy international had suffered a “sprain” to his right knee, the joint in which he has twice damaged cruciate ligaments.
In the other game, Mauricio Pinilla missed a second-half penalty as Cagliari were held to a goalless draw by strugglers Chievo.