ROME (AP) — A 2-1 win at Roma on Sunday placed Juventus in prime position for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.
Goals from Merih Demiral and Cristiano Ronaldo in the opening 10 minutes moved the Bianconeri two points ahead of Inter Milan, which was held 1-1 by Atalanta a day earlier, at the halfway stage of the season.
Poor defense by Roma contributed to both goals.
Gianluca Mancini left Demiral unmarked at the far post to redirect in a free kick from Paulo Dybala only three minutes in at the Stadio Olimpico.
Then Jordan Veretout lost control inside his own area and reacted by fouling Dybala to set up a penalty from Ronaldo.