Serie A's 2014-opening blockbuster did not disappoint as defending champions Juventus struck what could prove to be a fatal blow in the race for the Scudetto.

Their clash with unbeaten Roma - their nearest rivals in second - brought three goals and two red cards, with the strikes going to Juve and the dismissals to the visitors as Rudi Garcia's men were turned over 3-0.

The Romans have now not only suffered their first league loss but are eight points behind the Old Lady in the ladder, begging the question as to whether or not their early-season run of form came too soon.

Their 10 successive wins were a distant memory on Sunday night as Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci and Mirko Vucinic scored for the home side.

Vucinic's goal came from the spot at the end of a shocking minute for Roma which also saw Daniele De Rossi and Leandro Castan sent off inside 86 seconds.

The carnage merely added to the delight of a passionate Juve crowd who were treated to a display which suggested a third title in a row will arrive at the end of the season.