ROME: Coach Jose Mourinho blamed a “psychological collapse” after his Roma team conceded three goals in seven minutes and lost 4-3 at home to Juventus after leading 3-1 with 20 minutes to go.
Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini also had a late penalty saved by Wojciech Szczesny after Matthijs de Ligt had been shown a second yellow card for handball.
Mourinho said: “We did very well for 70 minutes, but after that it was a psychological collapse.
“When you’re in trouble you’re supposed to get back up and show what your made of, but there are people in the changing room here who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak.”
Rona, fielding on-loan Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the first time, went ahead on 11 minutes when Tammy Abraham nodded home a Jordan Veretout corner for a 14th goal in all competitions.
Paulo Dybala levelled for Juve shortly before half-time but Henrikh Mkhitaryan restored Roma’s lead at the start of the second half. Pellegrini then extended their lead with a 25-metre free-kick.
Juventus launched their comeback on 70 minutes when Manuel Locatelli headed home Alvaro Morata’s cross from six yards. Two minutes later, substitute Dejan Kulusevski saw a close-range range validated by VAR and defender Mattia De Sciglio shot the winner.
In the closing minutes when centre-back De Ligt was sent off for a second bookable offence after blocking Abraham’s shot with his arm in the area. Keeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Pellegrini’s penalty to clinch Juve’s victory.
Victory kept Juventus fifth and three points behind Atalanta, who sit fourth in the final Champions league spot after thrashing Udinese 6-2. Roma stay in eighth place.
Inter and Milan retained the top two spots with respective victories by 2-1 over Lazio and 3-0 at Venezia.