A.S. Roma vs ACF Fiorentina

as rom fiorentina

Serie A

March 4th

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy


22′ El Shaarawy

25′ Salah

38′ Perotti

45’+2′ Iličić (P)

58′ Salah

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result meant that Roma moved up to 56 points to extend their lead in third by three points over their opponents from Florence. It meant that they closed the gap on second placed Napoli to two points, who are due to play later this weekend. Fiorentina remain in fourth on 53 points.

FT: So Roma extended their lead to cap off a fantastic display in preparation for the Champions League showdown with Real Madrid.

90’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the game to an end.

90’+1′ So close!! Totti takes the freekick and it hits the outside of the post.

90′ There will be two additional minutes. Nainggolan receives a yellow card for some shoving in the box.

89′ Totti wins a freekick in a promising position after a foul from Costa.

87′ Bernardeschi fires off-target.

85′ Final Roma change sees Salah depart for Edin Džeko.

82′ Costa almost finds Bernardeschi, but his pass is just overhit.

79′ Bernardeschi receives a yellow card for a foul on Nainggolan.

76′ Second change for the hosts sees Francesco Totti come on for El Shaarawy.

73′ Bernardeschi sends in a decent delivery that Digne clears behind. Nainggolan clears the danger from the resulting set-piece.

70′ Tello beats Digne to get to the byline before sending in a teasing delivery but Szczęsny claims.

68′ The corner is temporarily cleared before Badelj goes down under a challenge from Nainggolan, but the referee waves play on.

67′ Final change for the visitors sees Matías Fernández come on for Iličić.

66′ Bernardeschi sends in a delivery but Digne heads behind to concede the corner.

64′ Close!! El Shaarawy cuts inside before firing an effort that Tătărușanu claims  easily.

63′ Bernardeschi surges forward before slicing an effort harmlessly wide.

61′ Change for the hosts sees Perotti depart for William Vainqueur .

58′ Goal!! Salah is played through by Pjanić before the Egyptian slots home through the legs of Tătărușanu. Should be game over.

56′ Close!! Pjanić finds Perotti, who fires over. The ball just bobbled before the Argentine’s effort.

54′ Chance!! The corner is met by Rüdiger, who heads wide.

54′ Digne almost finds Salah, but Rodríguez slides in to make the clearance. Corner for the hosts.

52′ Chance!! Nainggolan finds Florenzi who makes a good run, he sends in a teasing delivery but no-one is on-hand to get the telling touch.

51′ A Bernardeschi effort is blocked.

48′ Close!! Roncaglia fires an effort just wide of the post for the visitors.

46′ Close!! Pjanić’s delivery is met by Manolas, but Tătărușanu saves easily.

45′ The visitors get us underway for the second period. Salah wins a freekick in the opposition half.

HT: So will the hosts extend their dominance or will the visitors make a shock comeback? Join us again for the second half.

HT: The hosts have deserved their lead with El Shaarawy, Salah and Perotti proving to be too much for the Violas. However, Fiorentina have managed to pull a goal back from the penalty spot, albeit a fortunate one given the substitute made a meal of Digne’s challenge. Nevertheless, Fiorentina took advantage and reduced the deficit.

HT: The visitors did have chances prior to the hosts finding their rhythm, but didn’t really test Szczęsny at all.

HT: So the hosts have dominated the first half and are unfortunate to be even further ahead.

45’+2′ That’s the final kick of the first half, with the referee blowing his whistle.

45’+2′ Goal!! After a stuttered run-up, Iličić fires home despite Szczęsny guessing right. The Polish international had no chance. Game on?

45’+1′ Penalty appeal, Tello goes down after a challenge with Digne. The winger made a meal of it. After a long delay, the referee points to the spot.

45′ There will be two additional minutes.

43′ Pjanić receives a yellow card for a foul on the left. The resulting the freekick comes to nothing and Florenzi wins a freekick.

41′ Salah receives a yellow card for a foul on Rodríguez.

40′ Close!! Nainggolan surges forward, he plays a couple of one-twos before scuffing an effort just wide of the post.

39′ Badelj receives a yellow card for a foul.

38′ Goal!! Digne chests the ball to El Shaarawy who beats his man before finding Perotti with the outside of his foot. The Argentine fired the resulting pass home.

37′ El Shaarawy is caught offside.

33′ Second change for the visitors after Vecino departs for Milan Badelj due to injury.

32′ Close!! Keita heads just over the bar.

30′ Close!! The freekick is worked short, the effort eventually makes its way to Kalinić, whose acrobatic effort just goes wide.

29′ Freekick in a dangerous position after a Florenzi handball. Could have been a penalty, referee sees it just outside.

28′ Early change for the visitors with Valero departing for Cristian Tello. Valero was struggling with an injury following a challenge with El Shaarawy.

26′ The corner comes to nothing.

26′ So close!! Astori’s backpass is seized upon by Perotti, with just the goalkeeper to beat, he hits the post. Shaarawy then wins a corner.

25′ Goal!! Salah plays a nice one-two with Perotti, before hitting an effort that deflects off Astori to find the back of the net with Tătărușanu rooted to the spot.

24′ El Shaarawy wins a freekick in his own half.

22′ Goal!! Salah is wonderfully played through by Pjanić, the Egyptian then squares for El Shaarawy who slots home on the slide. Salah looked marginally offside, but the linesman didn’t see anything untoward.

20′ Perotti’s corner is claimed by Tătărușanu.

19′ Digne wins a corner.

18′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.

17′ Roncaglia just does enough to beat Salah to the ball, conceding a corner in the process.

15′ Chance!! Pjanić’s loose pass ricochets into the path of Salah who almost has a sight of goal but Roncaglia clears the danger.

12′ Close!! Iličić does well to cut inside before firing over, it was closer than his previous strike.

11′ Iličić fires harmlessly over.

10′ Nice interchange from the hosts – they’ve passed the ball well in the early stages but the visitors have snuffed out the danger when come under pressure.

8′ Nainggolan wins a freekick after a good turn.

6′ Digne sends in a good cross but the visitors eventually deal with it.

3′ Close!! The delivery is good and it falls to Kalinić whose header forces Szczęsny into a good save, but the Croatian was offside.

2′ Pjanić loses possession and concedes a foul on Costa.

1′ Salah is fouled by Astori. Moments later Keita concedes a foul.

0′ The hosts get us underway and win a freekick early on.

Team news:

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

ACF Fiorentina: Ciprian Tătărușanu (GK), Marcos Alonso, Davide Astori, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Facundo Roncaglia, Tino Costa, Matías Vecino, Borja Valero, Josip Iličić, Federico Bernardeschi, Nikola Kalinić


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