Late Nainggolan Goal Salvages Point for Giallorossi

Serie A

March 19th

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

as rom 1-1 inter

53′ Perišić

84′ Nainggolan

Roma’s eight-game winning streak came to an end after they were held to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico.

A late goal from Radja Nainggolan six minutes from time salvaged a point for Roma as they failed to to close the gap on second-placed Napoli after Ivan Perišić put the visitors in front.

The hosts started well and went close after three minutes when Stephan El Shaarawy found Diego Perotti, but the Argentine’s shot just cleared the bar.

Midway through the first-half the visitors went close when Adem Ljajić  fired an effort from-range but Wojciech Szczęsny was behind it.

After the half-hour mark the visitors went close again. In the 31st minute, Marcelo Brozović found the ball on the edge of the box but he lost his footing and fired harmlessly wide.

Three minutes later the hosts had the ball in the back of the net. Miralem Pjanić wonderfully spotted Mohamed Salah, who beat Samir Handanović to the ball before coolly slotting home. However, the goal was chalked off as the Egyptian strayed offside.

Six minutes from the break the hosts very nearly took the lead. Salah found El Shaarawy at the second attempt, who forced a fantastic save from Handanović.

After the interval the visitors took the lead.  Kostas Manolas gave possession away and Brozović found his compatriot Perišić, who fired past Szczęsny at the far post, who could only get a hand to it. The Polish keeper should have done much better in all fairness.

In the 67th minute the hosts went close to leveling the scores when Perotti crossed for substitute Edin Džeko, whose header was palmed away by Handanović. A minute later, the Bosnian had a great opportunity again when he was played through on-goal, but with just Handanović to beat, he volleyed over the bar.

Six minutes later the hosts went close. A loose ball from Perišić fell kindly to El Shaarawy who fired first-time into the side-netting.

In the 80th minute the hosts went close to finding an equaliser again. Salah turned Gary Medel before firing an effort that Handanović pushed away to safety.

The hosts were knocking on the door and four minutes later, they found the breakthrough. After Džeko miscued his strike, the ball fell kindly to Nainggolan who slid in ahead of Miranda to beat Handanović and draw the hosts level.

In the 89th minute they went close to finding the winner. First, a Nainggolan volley from a chipped Manolas pass deflected off Džeko to go behind. Then Salah cut inside from a corner to fire a strike that looked to be heading in, only for Džeko to get in the way of the strike and the ball went out for a goalkick.

There was one last chance for the hosts to go ahead. In the second minute of injury time, Nainggolan volleyed just wide following a corner.

That was the last action of the match as the referee blew his whistle to bring the match to an end. The result meant that Roma remained in third, now on 60 points, failing to close the gap on second-placed Napoli, who are yet to play this weekend. The draw prevented Inter from getting their first league win at the Stadio Olimpico since 2008. The result for Inter meant that they leapfrog Fiorentina into fourth, a point ahead of the ‘Violas’ on 55 points, but the side from Florence can leapfrog Inter if they get a point against Frosinone.

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