Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Real Madrid in pre-Cristiano Ronaldo times

Real Madrid in pre-Cristiano Ronaldo times

Well, nearly everything. Max Allegri's side suffered just their third defeat of the season to Roma on Sunday in the Italian capital, with late goals from Florenzi and Edin Dzeko sealing an important three points for a side chasing Champions League qualification.

Edin Dzeko set up Alessandro Florenzi for the opener 11 minutes from time and scored himself in stoppage time to seal the result.

Needing a top four finish to qualify for the Champions League, they are three points behind third-placed Atalanta and one adrift of Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.

"A great Mirante kept us in the match in the first half but I'm happy with the match", Roma interim coach Claudio Ranieri said.

With the title already in the bag, Juve visited a Roma side which needed the points to be able to get into the Champions League places.

"We must continue to believe in it".

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had put Juventus ahead when he collected Dybala's pass before running on to slot the ball past Mirante but he was fractionally offside. "Even if not everything depends on us, we must reach the end with a clear conscience".

Dzeko added the second in injury time as Roma join AC Milan on 62 points, with Torino, now two points behind, dropping out of the European places into seventh.

Empoli kept their hopes of Serie A survival alive with a 2-1 win at Sampdoria.

Torino captain Andrea Belotti scored a brace, including the victor with a spectacular overhead kick in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over 10-man Sassuolo.

Before facing Betis, Real Madrid have scored 40 fewer goals than last season and have gone from an average of 2.3 goals per game to 1.9.

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