Dybala is helping Roma to return to Juventus

Dybala is helping Roma to return to Juventus

MILAN (AP) — Roma forward Paulo Dybala returned to Juventus and helped score a draw as Jose Mourinho’s side lost their perfect start to Serie A on Saturday.

Dushan Vlahović scored after just 76 seconds and Juventus looked to be in firm control until Timmy Ibrahim’s 69th-minute leveller.

The 1-1 draw marked Roma’s first drop of points since starting the season with two wins. Napoli, who play at Fiorentina on Sunday, are the only team left in Serie A with a perfect record.

It was an emotional return for Dybala, who cried at his last home game for Juventus in May.

Dybala spent seven years at Juventus, scoring 115 goals and helping the Bianconeri to 12 trophies, including five Serie A titles.

But the oft-injured Argentina forward fell out of favor under coach Massimiliano Allegri when Juventus signed Vlahovic in January. He left the Turin club when his contract expired, joining Roma in July.

Dybala was applauded by Juventus fans when his name was read out during the warm-up, and they asked him to wave to them before kick-off, which he did. He was also replaced in the 77th minute which was appreciated. He is still looking for his first goal for his new club.

Juventus were looking for a reaction after their 0-0 draw at Sampdoria on Monday and got it right away when Vlahovic curled a free kick under the bar and into the near corner with his first touch.

The Bianconi dominated and forced Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio into two fantastic saves in the next 15 minutes.

They thought they had doubled their lead in the 26th but Manuel Locatelli’s goal was ruled out by Vlahovic’s handball.

Vlavic also had a chance to make it two with two free-kicks from the same distance just before the half-hour mark, but one effort was saved and the other flew narrowly over the bar.

Roma finally started the game in the second half and equalized when Dybala acrobatically headed a corner across goal for Ibrahim into the center of the net.

The visitors almost grabbed a late winner following another corner but new Juventus signing Arkadiusz Malik cleared a shot off the line.

Still searching

Cremona lost 2-1 at home to Torino to leave it still looking for its first points in a season since 1996.

It is unlikely to find much joy in its next game either because it travels to Inter Milan.

Defending Serie A champions AC Milan host Bologna late on Saturday.

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