A film about the disallowed goal that could have given AS Roma the title in 1981

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A film about the disallowed goal that could have given AS Roma the title in 1981

On Sunday May 10, 1981, France is preparing to celebrate the victory of François Mitterrand but Italy has the lead in football. Two days before the end of the Championship, Roma travel to Turin for a match which will undoubtedly give the name of the future winner. Juventus are in front, hotly pursued by the Romans who are looking to win their second Scudetto since 1942. Played on a soggy lawn, the match is tense when in the 72nd minute, the Roman defender Maurizio Turone deceives Dino Zoff with a diving header. He exults. But the goal is immediately refused by the man in black who trusts his linesman.

A scar still not closed forty years after the facts

The Romans dispute the offside. A little. And the match resumes the air of nothing. Final score: 0-0. Everything remains to be done two days before the end and Roma no longer have their destiny in their hands. It was not until nine hours later that the affair gained momentum, when the invalidated goal was shown on television and discussed on the sets.

The some 20,000 tifosi who had made the trip to Turin learned of it when they returned to Rome, at night, or on the road at the autogrill and at the toll. The rumor spread quickly. It is in a decasyllable and is pronounced in Roman: “Er gol de Turone era bono” (“Turone’s goal was good”).

The unfortunate scorer Maurizio Turone (in white) with the team of the documentary “Er gol de Turone era bono”. (Daniele Venturelli/WireImage/Getty Images)

More than forty years later, the scar is not closed. The directors Francesco Miccichè and Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet interviewed the players of the time, from Rome and Turin: Falcão, Pruzzo, Conti, Prandelli. Old leaders of Commando Ultrà Curva Sud from the Stadio Olimpico, supporters of all kinds, actors, journalists, writers. And, of course, the referees of the match.

Then his eyes get wet…

They tried to find out what really happened at the Stadio Comunale that afternoon of pouring rain. Turone’s positioning on Pruzzo’s pass is not so obvious and we will never know the truth. There remains a beautiful and painful uncertainty.

Trained by Trapattoni, Juve will win their nineteenth Scudetto with a two-point lead (the victory then counts two points) over one of the most beautiful Roma. Which will end up winning the Italian Cup that same year, against Torino, and its second Championship in 1983.

Unlucky scorer, Turone, 74, lives by the sea. He had never seen his goal again and that is undoubtedly what is most moving in this documentary. For the first time, he sees the action. Then his eyes watered and he moaned: “Era bono, il gol era bono…” A lamentation that could be heard when the lights came back on in the cinemas of Rome. Er gol de Turone? Era bonissimo…

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