A.S. Roma vs Real Madrid C.F.

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UEFA Champions League

Round of 16, first-leg

February 17th

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy


57′ Ronaldo

Thanks for joining us.

FT: So although Madrid are favourites to preogress into the quarter-final, you wouldn’t want to write Roma off just yet.

FT: So Real Madrid take a precious two-away-goal advantage back to the Bernabéu courtesy of Ronaldo and Jesé. However, there is still a second leg to be played and in football anything can happen.

90’+3′ The referee calls time on the match and blows his whistle to bring the first leg to an end.

90’+2′ Roma win a freekick and Totti takes but it’s cleared. Madrid break but the move breaks down as Kovačić’s pass is intercepted by Nainggolan.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

88′ Ronaldo departs for Casemiro.

86′ Veteran striker Francesco Totti comes on to replace Florenzi, to take the captain’s armband.

85′ Goal: Jesé surges forward and unchallenged, he fires through the legs of Digne, leaving Szczęsny with no chance. Four minutes into his introduction.

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Super-sub Jesé extends Madrid’s lead. Image from: AFP

84′ Ramos receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Salah.

81′ Rodríguez departs for Jesé for Madrid.

80′ Rodríguez fires off-target.

79′ Benzema drags a strike wide. Soon after there are appeals as Florenzi is brought down by Carvajal. The Italian certainly got to the ball first and was definitely taken out, however the referee is unmoved.

78′ Džeko is played through, but from a tight angle he shoots into the sidenetting.

77′ Ronaldo crosses for Rodríguez but the Colombian heads wide.

76′ Substitution for Roma with Daniele De Rossi coming on for Vainqueur.

75′ A dangerous cross from Rodríguez is met by Benzema, the Frenchman’s header is blocked and it comes to Ronaldo, who feels he should have a penalty after he was caught high after he chested the ball. The Portuguese made a meal of it.

73′ Madrid look to break but Ronaldo loses possession as he goes to ground, too easily according to the referee.

72′ Almost two!! Rodríguez finds Ronaldo, but the forward heads wide. Credit to Szczęsny, who put him under pressure.

71′ So close!! Džeko does well to hold the ball up, he plays it into Vainqueur and he slices the effort marginally wide.

70′ Danger as Salah gets forward, he looks to cut it back for Džeko, but Varane makes a fantastic challenge to deny the Bosnian.

65′ Madrid make a hash of clearing the ball and Nainggolan finds Salah, but his effort is easy for Navas.

62′ Changes as El Shaarawy departs for Edin Džeko and Madrid bring on Mateo Kovačić for Isco.

61′ Varane receives a yellow card for a foul on Perotti. The delivery is dangerous as Navas punches clear.

61′ Benzema receives the ball, he cuts inside but his effort is straightforward for Szczęsny.

60′ Madrid playing much better. The goal has given them an extra burst of energy.

59′ Ronaldo plays a nice one-two with Benzema, the goalscorer tries to find the Frenchman but Roma get it away.

57′ Goal: What a goal, and it’s that man again, to end his away goal-scoring drought. Marcelo finds the Portugal forward, who uses the rabona to cut inside Florenzi, before firing an effort via a deflection off the Italian to beat Szczęsny into the top-corner. It’s goal number 33 of the season, 89 in the Champions League, and the first goal in the Champions League under Zinedine Zidane as manager.

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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks the deadlock for Los Blancos. Image from: AFP
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Delight for Zinedine Zidane. Image from: AFP

54′ El Shaarawy looks to be in, but Navas comes out to smother both ball and player, before clearing the danger.

53′ Carvajal looks to play a good ball in behind but it’s straightfoward for Szczęsny.

51′ Roma win a corner as Navas can’t prevent it from going out. It comes to nothing.

50′ The corner comes to nothing and Madrid look to break. Ronaldo searches for Rodríguez, but Vainqueur nips in to clear, catching the Colombian with his follow-through. Madrid appeal for a penalty, it was dangerous, but nothing given. James has to go off and receive treatment, so Madrid down to ten temporarily.

49′ Nainggolan wins a corner after Ramos blocks his shot.

48′ Szczęsny kicks the ball out of play under pressure to hand Madrid a throw in.

47′ Ramos is fouled by Salah.

46′ Ronaldo thinks he’s won a corner. The ball did get a nick of Manolas, but the referee gives the goalkick.

45′ Madrid kick us off.

HT: So how long will Roma be able to contain this Madrid attacking force? Will they find a goal themselves? Will Ronaldo end his away goal drought?

HT: Neither keeper has really been tested, although Szczęsny did seem to look worried by Marcelo’s striker – much to the credit of the two defences as well as a combination of poor passing and sloppy attacking play.

HT: So Madrid are dominating possession, but are yet to really threaten the Roma defence, who have done well to contain both Benzema and Ronaldo. The Italian side have looked dangerous themselves, getting behind Carvajal and Ramos on a number of occasions, but they haven’t made the most of their opportunities.

45’+1′ Perotti’s cross is cut out by Ramos. The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ There will be one added minute.

44′ The corner comes to nothing and Madrid almost counter, but Ronaldo’s pass on the stretch is cut-out.

43′ El Shaarawy looks to be away, but just as the striker’s about to pull the trigger, the quick Varane makes a last ditch challenge to concede the corner.

42′ Manolas meets the corner, but it goes harmless off-target from a tight-angle.

41′ Roma win a corner after a cross from the right is deflected behind.

39′ Benzema finds Ronaldo, but Roma bodies fly in to charge the winger’s effort.

38′ Carvajal’s sends in cross but Rüdiger cuts it out to concede a corner. The corner is met by Ramos, but Rüdiger blocks the Spaniards header and Roma deal with the threat.

36′ The delivery is poor by the Bosnian and Madrid deal with it.

36′ Digne wins a freekick after Kroos brings him down. Good position. Pjanić to take.

35′ The corner is taken short, but it’s a waste as Florenzi’s cross is poor and Navas claims with ease.

34′ Pjanić wins a corner after his shot is blocked by Ramos.

32′ Almost phenomenal stuff from Madrid. Ronaldo chips a looping ball into Marcelo again, who took it on the volley, but his sliced effort swerves just wide. Szczęsny was scrambling.

31′ Varane looks for Ronaldo, but his effort on the volley his mishit from a tight-angle.

30′ Ronaldo finds Marcelo, who instead of shooting, tries an extravagant pass and it comes to nothing as the hosts clear.

29′ Madrid looking to muster a chance, Marcelo finds Isco, but as the Spaniard looks to shoot, is effort is charged down.Better from the visitors.

27′ Modrić tries to find Ronaldo, but Rüdiger intercepts.

26′ Salah is caught offside.

25′ Sloppy pass from Varane gifts Roma a throw.

24′ Salah bursts forward, he beats Ramos, but he can’t keep the ball in play.

23′ Isco’s disguised pass outfoxes Roma and teammate Benzema, almost an opening.

22′ Ronaldo is fouled.

21′ Kroos’ delivery is good, but Manolas clears behind to concede another. The second is met by Benzema, but it’s off target.

20′ Marcelo wins a corner.

19′ Ronaldo is penalised for handball.

17 ‘ Varane looks to find Benzema in space, but his pass is overhit.

16′ Florenzi plays a nice ball for Perotti, who cuts the ball back to El Shaarawy, but he can only shoot over from a tight-angle.

14′ Some sloppy play from both sides prevents either side from getting a foothold in this match

13′ Perotti tries to send in a dangerous cross but Modrić deals with the danger.

12′ Salah tries to play a nice one-two with Perotti, but the move breaks down as the former Chelsea winger fouls Ramos.

11′ Madrid clear the danger.

10′ Rodríguez wins a freekick now as El Shaarawy pulls the Colombian back after the Italian international lost possession. Kroos’ delivery is cleared and Salah breaks to win a corner down the other end.

9′ Ronaldo wins another freekick, but it’s taken short and Madrid decide to play it back.

7′ Ronaldo’s freekick is poor and is skewed horribly wide.

6′ Ronaldo wins a freekick after Vainqueur brings him down. The Portguese winger receiv1es a lot of boos following the decision.

5′ From the same corner, the hosts then break but Salah fails to capitalise on the opportunity.

4′ Rodríguez’s delivery is poor but Real recycle it but to no avail.

3′ Marcelo wins a corner for the visitors after his delivery is blocked behind by Florenzi. The Roma defender is still down after making the block.

2′ Rodríguez tries to burst forward but Roma clear.

1′ Madrid keeping the ball tidily.

0′ Roma kick us off and burst forward. Florenzi’s cross is straightforward for Navas.

Team news:

A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Alessandro Florenzi, Kostas Manolas, Antonio Rüdiger, Lucas Digne, Miralem Pjanić, William Vainqueur, Radja Nainggolan, Mohamed Salah, Diego Perotti, Stephan El Shaarawy

Real Madrid C.F.: Keylor Navas (GK), Dani Carvajal,  Raphaël Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos, Isco, James Rodríguez, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo


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