UEFA Europa League
Round of 32, First-leg
Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal, Spain
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FT: The result means that Roma will go into the second-leg with a four-goal margin, a margin with four away goals too and will just need to prevent the Spaniards from scoring four. Villarreal will somehow need to find five away goals at the Stadio Olimpico but even that may not be enough should Roma score in the Italian capital. The defeat was also Villarreal’s heaviest home defeat since 2007.
FT: Roma made the most of their second-half chances and were clinical with Džeko completing a fine hat-trick. The Bosnian first fired home across Asenjo before his strike got the better of the keeper, who couldn’t do much to prevent the former Manchester City striker’s third. Substitute Salah went close to making it five late-on but his effort drifted just wide although the flag was up.
FT: The hosts started the second-half brightly and went close on a few occasions with Bakambu firing an effort just over the bar before Gaspar’s header was palmed behind at the near-post by Alisson. Castillejo then tested the keeper twice before Alisson made light-work of a powerful strike from Trigueros. After Roma doubled their lead the hosts did go close when a Soriano freekick tested Alisson but the keeper was rarely threatened overall and that was evident when substitute Borré volleyed just wide following a freekick.
FT: So Roma have one foot in the Last-16 thanks to their four-goal-margin.
90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first-leg to an end.
90’+2′ Chance!! Roma break with Strootman, who finds Salah, who drags an effort just wide although the flag was up for offside.
90’+2′ The corner is taken short but the visitors eventually deal with the threat.
90’+1′ Gaspar wins a corner.
90′ There will be three additional minutes.
89′ Chance!! The delivery is cleared to Borré, whose volley flies just wide.
89′ Final Roma change sees Leandro Paredes replace Nainggolan.
88′ Peres is booked for a foul on Costa.
86′ Goal!! Nainggolan pulls the ball back to Džeko, who shifts the ball onto his left foot before firing home past Asenjo.
84′ Trigueros fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
81′ Final Villarreal change sees Sansone replaced by Rafael Santos Borré.
79′ Goal!! Džeko latches onto a fine cross-field pass from Jesus, before firing an effort that Asenjo cannot keep out.
77′ De Rossi’s delivery evades everyone and Asenjo collects the loose ball.
76′ Emerson wins a freekick in a good position.
75′ Close!! Soriano’s freekick goes through the wall but Alisson makes a good save.
74′ Cheryshev wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Manolas, who actually took the ball.
73′ The delivery is cleared.
72′ Nainggolan wins a freekick in a good position.
70′ Second Roma change sees Rüdiger replaced by Juan Jesus.
69′ Emerson’s delivery is cleared to Salah, who curls an effort harmlessly off-target.
68′ Nainggolan wins a corner.
67′ The delivery is cleared.
67′ Salah wins a corner.
66′ Second Villarreal change sees Castillejo replaced by Denis Cheryshev.
65′ First Villarreal change sees Adrián López replace Bakambu.
65′ Goal!! Salah does well to pull the ball back to Džeko, who feints to beat Musacchio before firing home across Asenjo.
61′ First Roma change sees El Shaarawy replaced by Mohamed Salah.
61′ Delay over.
60′ Slight delay in the match as Costa is down with an injury following a challenge from Nainggolan.
59′ Close!! Trigueros fires an effort from-range that Alisson saves well.
59′ Sansone wins a freekick.
58′ Close!! The corner is taken short before a Castillejo strike from a tight-angle is saved well by Allison.
57′ Gaspar wins a corner.
55′ Close!! A Castillejo strike deflects into the arms of Alisson.
54′ The corner is cleared.
54′ Chance!! The corner is taken short before a Trigueros cross is flicked-on by Gaspar, whose header forces Alisson into a fine save at his near-post.
54′ De Rossi concedes a corner.
53′ Džeko is penalised for a high foot.
52′ Castillejo wins a freekick.
51′ Chance!! Bakambu surges forward, beating a number of Roma players in the process, before firing an effort just over the bar.
45′ Villarreal get the second-half underway.
HT: So will Villarreal come back in this first-leg or will Roma add to their tally? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: The visitors will be happy with their first-half performance but know that they could have added to their tally. The Italian side should also be wary of the threat of Villarreal on the break and have to defend well if they are to keep a clean-sheet back to the Stadio Olimpico. Villarreal will need to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to take something to Rome. The Spaniards cannot afford to concede another as they will have to find two goals in the Italian capital, which will be a difficult task.
HT: The hosts have got into their usual rhythm thus far but have created a few chances. First Castillejo fired an effort just over the bar before Gaspar spurned a great chance when his header from a Soriano pass lacked conviction. The visitors will need to get Bakambu and Sansone better service, the former has got into some good positions but has mistimed his runs whilst the passes from midfield have been delayed, causing the striker to be caught offside on a few occasions. Castillejo has been lively for the Yellow Submarines although his error led to Roma’s opener. Dos Santos has been relatively quiet and will need to get onto the ball more often as he is the play-maker in the side.
HT: The visitors have started well and have created a few chances, including the goal which is a precious away goal. First Džeko dragged an effort just wide before the Bosnian’s header from an El Shaarawy cross produced a comfortable save from Asenjo. Then Emerson wonderfully put Roma ahead with a fine swerving effort from-range from his weaker foot. The Brazilian went close to his second on the stroke of half-time but he was denied by Asenjo at his near-post.
HT: So Roma are ahead at the break.
45’+1′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
45′ Chance!! Emerson surges forward before firing an effort that Asenjo palms away at his near-post.
45′ There will be one additional minute.
44′ De Rossi’s delivery is flicked-on by Džeko but Asenjo collects the ball ahead of Fazio.
43′ Gaspar is booked for a cynical foul on El Shaarawy.
43′ De Rossi’s delivery is cleared to Nainggolan, who volleys harmlessly off-target.
42′ Costa is penalised for handball.
42′ Sansone is caught offside.
40′ Džeko is penalised for handball.
37′ Bakambu is caught offside.
36′ Slight delay in the match as Strootman is down with an injury after a challenge from Costa, who is lucky to escape a booking.
36′ Trigueros’ effort hits the wall.
35′ Strootman is penalised for a foul on Castillejo, who wins a freekick in a good position.
34′ Play resumes.
32′ Slight delay in the match as Peres is down with an injury.
31′ Goal!! Castillejo is dispossessed by Emerson, who cuts-inside before firing home from-range with a fantastic swerving effort with his weaker right-foot.
30′ Chance!! A fine cross from El Shaarawy is met by Džeko, whose header is straight at Asenjo.
29′ Chance!! Soriano’s delivery is met by Gaspar but his header is tame and Allison makes a comfortable save.
28′ Fazio is penalised for a foul.
28′ The corner is cleared by the hosts, who deal with the threat.
27′ A Džeko strike is blocked behind for a corner.
23′ Close!! Castillejo exchanges a string of passes with Trigueros before firing an effort just over the bar from-range.
22′ El Shaarawy is penalised for a high foot, although the decision could have gone the other way.
20′ Emerson is penalised for a foul on Castillejo.
19′ Chance!! El Shaarawy does well to control the ball and find Džeko, who turns before dragging an effort wide of the target.
18′ A Strootman pass is just overhit towards Džeko.
17′ Soriano is penalised for a foul on Nainggolan.
16′ Nainggolan wins a freekick.
14′ Džeko is penalised for a foul.
14′ A Bakambu strike is charged-down.
12′ The delivery is cleared before a Strootman effort from-range is blocked.
11′ Emerson wins a corner.
11′ El Shaarawy wins a freekick.
10′ El Shaarawy is penalised for a foul.
7′ Bakambu is caught offside.
7′ Džeko wins a freekick.
5′ Asenjo intercepts a pass towards El Shaarawy from De Rossi.
3′ Bakambu is caught just offside.
2′ The corner comes to nothing as De Rossi is penalised for a fouled.
2′ A Strootman effort deflects wide for a corner.
1′ A Strootman pass is just overhit towards Džeko.
0′ Peres wins a freekick.
0′ Roma get the game underway.
Villarreal CF: Sergio Asenjo (GK), Jaume Costa, Víctor Ruiz, Mateo Musacchio, Mario Gaspar, Samu Castillejo, Bruno Soriano, Manu Trigueros, Jonathan Dos Santos, Nicola Sansone, Cédric Bakambu
A.S. Roma: Alisson (GK), Antonio Rüdiger, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Emerson, Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi, Bruno Peres, Stephan El Shaarawy, Radja Nainggolan, Edin Džeko