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Returning Dybala helps Roma to 1-1 draw

Roma forward Paulo Dybala has returned to Juventus and helped in the equaliser though his new team lost their perfect start to Serie A and it could have been much worse for Jose Mourinho’s side.

Dusan Vlahovic scored after just 76 seconds and Juventus appeared to be in firm control of Saturday’s home match until Tammy Abraham’s 69th-minute leveller.

“After the first half I was embarrassed for my guys, I told them in the dressing room that I was embarrassed to be their coach, I was praying in the first 30 minutes that the first half would end with us only one goal down,” Mourinho said.

The 1-1 draw marked Roma’s first dropped points after opening 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 final home match for Juventus in May.

“I am going to go in the changing room and give him a hug,” Abraham said. “It’s difficult for him, coming back to his old team and his old stadium”.

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

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

Juventus were looking for a reaction after a drab 0-0 draw at Sampdoria on Monday and they got it when Vlahovic curled in a free kick off the underside of the bar with his first touch of the ball.

The Bianconeri were dominating and forced Roma goalkeeper Rui Patricio into two fantastic saves in the following 15 minutes.

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

Vlahovic also had chances to double his tally shortly before halftime with two free kicks from similar distance to the one he scored from, but one was saved and the other flew narrowly over the bar.

Roma levelled when Dybala acrobatically volleyed a corner back across goal for Abraham to head into the centre of the net.

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

Olivier Giroud scored his first goal of the season on his first start to help defending champions AC Milan beat Bologna 2-0.

Giroud had been fit for only appearances off the bench in Milan’s two previous matches as he recovered from injury.

The veteran forward scored a fantastic goal in the 58th minute with an acrobatic volley after Rafael Leao floated the ball over.

Leao scored the opener in the 21st minute, slotting the ball in at the near post following a fantastic assist from new signing Charles De Ketelaere.

Giroud’s double in the final match of last season clinched Milan its first Serie A title in 11 years.

Cremonese lost at home to Torino 2-1 to leave them still looking for their first points in their first season back in the top-flight since 1996.

Sassuolo drew at Spezia 2-2.

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