HT: Mandzukic opens up Roma

Mario Mandzukic has given Juventus the half-time lead over Roma in the International Champions Cup.

This pre-season friendly took place in Foxborough, near Boston, the usual stadium that hosts the New England Patriots. Juve started Mattia De Sciglio, but Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi were on the bench. As for Eusebio Di Francesco, he picked Gregoire Defrel and Aleksandar Kolarov in this International Champions Cup fixture, but Kostas Manolas, Emerson Palmieri and Alessadro Florenzi were injured.

Edin Dzeko almost opened the scoring from a sensational Defrel ball over the top, but prodded it inches wide off the outside of his boot at the far post.

Moments later, Radja Nainggolan’s scorcher skimmed the crossbar and Dzeko’s effort was deflected off Alex Sandro’s ankle.

Mario Mandzukic came sliding in at the far stick, just unable to connect with a whipped Juan Cuadrado cross, and Miralem Pjanic’s scorcher shaved a coat of paint off the upright.

Juventus took the lead when Federico Fazio failed to cut out an Alex Sandro through ball, allowing Mandzukic to waltz round Alisson in a one-on-one situation.

Roma 0-1 Juventus (Half-Time)

Mandzukic 28 (J)

Roma: Alisson; Peres, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Defrel, Dzeko, Perotti

Juventus: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Rugani, Alex Sandro; Pjanic, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandzukic; Higuain

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