A.S. Roma vs ACF Fiorentina

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Serie A

February 7th

Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy


39′ Džeko

58′ Fazio

75′ Nainggolan

83′ Džeko

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FT: The result means that Roma move back into second on 50 points, four points behind leaders Juventus, who have a game in-hand and two points above third-placed Napoli whilst Fiorentina remain in eighth on 37 points. The victory was also a new club-record of 14 consecutive home league wins.

FT: Roma could have scored six or seven in truth. First El Shaarawy’s header from a Nainggolan cross was saved well by Tătărușanu before Rüdiger fired an effort just wide into the side-netting. Džeko then went close when his effort beat Tătărușanu but was cleared Astori. Emerson then went close when he fired the ball just off-target after El Shaarawy miscued a shot from Manolas’ pull-back before Tătărușanu tipped Džeko’s half-volley behind.

FT: The scoreline flattered the visitors, whose best chances in the second-half fell to Babacar and Chiesa. The former forced Szczęsny, who was a spectator for the majority of the game, into a good save before Chiesa failed to divert an Astori cross goalwards.

FT: The first goal in the second-half was going to be crucial and Roma found it, scoring their second of the night with their first chance in the second-half when Fazio headed home a De Rossi freekick. Nainggolan then composed himself to slot home from a Strootman cross before Džeko capitalised on a poor pass from Astori to make it four.

FT: So Roma added to their first-half goal to close the gap on leader Juventus to four points.

90′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

88′ Final Roma change sees Nainggolan replaced by loanee Clément Grenier for his Roma debut.

87′ Fazio wins a freekick.

86′ The corner is cleared.

85′ Close!! A loose pass from Tello finds Džeko, who fires an effort on the half-volley that Tătărușanu tipped behind.

84′ Second Roma change sees De Rossi replaced by Leandro Paredes.

83′ Goal!! Džeko gets the better of Astori after a loose pass from Sánchez before firing home.

79′ First Roma change sees El Shaarawy replaced by Francesco Totti.

79′ Nainggolan wins a freekick.

78′ Close!! Manolas’ pull-back falls to El Shaarawy, who miscues his effort with the loose ball falling to Emerson, who fires the ball just off-target.

77′ Final Fiorentina change sees Chiesa replaced by Sebastián Cristóforo.

76′ Chance!! An Astori cross finds Chiesa at the back-post but he can’t divert the ball goalwards.

75′ Goal!! Strootman sends in a teasing cross to Nainggolan, who controls the ball well before slotting home past Tătărușanu.

74′ Second Fiorentina change sees Bernardeschi replaced by Cristian Tello.

73′ The delivery is flicked-on by Džeko but just evades Fazio at the back-post.

72′ El Shaarawy wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Vecino.

71′ The delivery is cleared.

71′ Nainggolan wins a corner.

70′ Chance!! Sánchez loses possession and Džeko is fed by Nainggolan and has Tătărușanu to beat and does but his effort is cleared by the sliding Astori.

69′ Close!! Emerson beats his man and pulls the ball back to Rüdiger, who turns his man before firing an effort just wide into the side-netting.

69′ Emerson’s delivery is punched cleared by Tătărușanu.

69′ Sánchez wins a corner.

67′ Iličić wins a freekick.

65′ Chance!! A dangerous delivery from Peres just evades El Shaarawy before Nainggolan’s cross is headed straight at Tătărușanu by El Shaarawy.

63′ Chance!! Babacar fires an effort at goal that produces a comfortable save from Szczęsny.

62′ First Fiorentina change sees Josip Iličić replace Olivera.

62′ Valero is caught offside.

60′ Nainggolan wins a freekick.

59′ Chiesa is penalised for a foul on El Shaarawy.

58′ Goal!! De Rossi’s delivery is met by Fazio, who heads home via the inside of the post.

56′ Rodríguez is booked for a cynical foul on Džeko, although there was minimum contact.

55′ De Rossi is booked for a late challenge on Valero despite getting the ball.

54′ De Rossi’s delivery is claimed by Tătărușanu.

53′ Emerson is fouled by Chiesa.

52′ De Rossi wins a freekick after a foul from Bernardeschi.

48′ A dangerous delivery from El Shaarawy just evades Nainggolan after Rodríguez gifted the hosts possession deep in his own-half.

45′ Roma get the second-half underway.

HT: The next goal will be crucial in this match and should Roma get it, it could be three of four. Should Fiorentina score next, they may well come back in this match and take the game to Roma. So will Roma add to their tally and hold on or will Fiorentina come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: The hosts need to add to their tally such is the threat of Fiorentina on the counter-attack. Had the hosts been more clinical they would have been out of sight at the break. Fiorentina need to get Bernardeschi on the ball more and provide more service to Babacar. The visitors do have a number of fine players on the bench, who can change the complexion of the game if their performances fail to improve.

HT: The visitors’ best chance fell to Chiesa, who latched onto a cross-field pass from Rodríguez to lob Szczęsny but Fazio made a good clearing header. The visitors have got into some promising positions but have lacked the cutting-edge in the final third with Bernardeschi, Babacar and Vecino firing the ball over the bar with Szczęsny yet to be properly tested.

HT: The hosts created a number of good chances and should have taken the lead earlier in the match. First El Shaarawy had an effort smothered by Tătărușanu after a good pass from Strootman before Peres curled an effort inches wide of the far-post. Then Peres spurned a great chance, firing over the bar from close-range following a fine pass from Nainggolan. Džeko then went close when his strike forced Tătărușanu into a good save before the Bosnian got the better of the keeper, opening the scoring after a fine pass from De Rossi. The Bosnian went close again when he latched onto a loose ball after Nainggolan’s freekick hit the wall, but Tătărușanu smothered the effort.

HT: So Roma lead at the break.

45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

43′ Strootman is penalised for a foul.

42′ The corner is met by Nainggolan with an acrobatic volley that flies over the bar.

42′ Chance!! Nainggolan’s freekick hits the wall and the loose ball falls to Džeko, whose effort is smothered behind by Tătărușanu.

40′ Valero receives a yellow card for a foul on Nainggolan, who wins a freekick in a dangerous position. It looked as though the Spaniard was shielding the ball and was kicked by the Belgian but the referee gives the decision Roma’s way.

40′ Babacar is caught offside.

39′ Goal!! De Rossi wonderfully finds Džeko, who controls the ball well before firing home past a helpless Tătărușanu.

37′ Valero wins a freekick after a foul from Manolas.

36′ Chiesa wins a freekick.

35′ De Rossi’s delivery is eventually deal with by the visitors.

35′ Sánchez receives a yellow card for a late foul on Emerson.

34′ Bernardeschi surges forward before firing an effort harmlessly over the bar from-range.

32′ The corner is cleared to Peres, who fires harmlessly off-target from-range.

32′ Sánchez concedes a corner.

30′ Chance!! Džeko turns his man before firing an effort that Tătărușanu saves well.

29′ De Rossi wins a freekick.

28′ Chance!! Roma work the ball well before Nainggolan wonderfully picks out Peres but the wing-back can only fire over the bar from close-range.

27′ Chance!! Strootman finds Džeko with a pass but the ball is just too high for the Bosnian, who can’t get enough purchase on the header, which drifts wide under-pressure.

27′ Vecino surges forward before firing an effort over the bar from-range.

26′ The corner is taken short and is worked well with Babacar firing an effort that is blocked before Roma clear the danger.

25′ Emerson concedes a corner.

24′ The corner is taken short and is worked well to Chiesa, who fires over the bar.

23′ Manolas concedes a corner.

21′ Rüdiger almost finds Nainggolan with a lofted-pass but it just evades the Belgian, who was sliding-in.

19′ Close!! Peres cuts-inside to curl an effort inches wide of the top-corner.

18′ Bernardeschi finds Babacar, who fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.

17′ Strootman receives a yellow card for a foul on Chiesa.

17′ De Rossi wins a freekick.

16′ Chance!! Strootman finds El Shaarawy with a fine pass and he has just Tătărușanu to  beat but the keeper smothers the effort away.

15′ Strootman is penalised for a foul.

13′ Emerson wins a freekick.

13′ Chance!! Chiesa times his run to perfection to latch onto a cross-field pass from Rodríguez and manages to lob the onrushing Szczęsny but his looping effort is headed clear by Fazio.

12′ A teasing delivery from Emerson is overhit and loops just wide of the far-post.

10′ Babacar wins a freekick.

10′ The delivery is cleared to Nainggolan, whose effort hits De Rossi in an offside position.

9′ Strootman wins a corner after his cross is blocked behind by Vecino.

8′ The delivery is punched clear by Szczęsny.

7′ Valero fires an effort that is deflected behind for a corner.

6′ Manolas is penalised for a foul.

2′ Fazio is penalised for a foul on Babacar.

0′ Fiorentina get the game underway.

Team news:

A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Antonio Rüdiger, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Emerson, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Bruno Peres, Stephan El Shaarawy, Radja Nainggolan, Edin Džeko

ACF Fiorentina: Ciprian Tătărușanu (GK), Davide Astori, Gonzalo Rodríguez, Carlos Sánchez, Maximiliano Olivera, Milan Badelj, Matías Vecino, Federico Chiesa, Borja Valero, Federico Bernardeschi, Khouma Babacar


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