SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 26 - 1 Mar 2014 (19.45 UK)
Roma 0 - 0 Inter
Stadio Olimpico

There was a disallowed goal, penalty appeals and two potential video evidence incidents, but Roma-Inter ended goalless.

There were over 25,000 seats locked down in the Curva Sud, Curva Nord and Distinti Sud as punishment for repeated anti-Neapolitan chants, which fell foul of rules on ‘territorial discrimination.’ The Giallorossi had won their last five League home games, but were without Francesco Totti, Douglas Maicon, Dodo and Federico Balzaretti. Hernanes was only fit for the Nerazzurri bench, but Mauro Icardi got his first start alongside Rodrigo Palacio.

After two minutes Samir Handanovic punched away an Adem Ljajic free kick, then smothered a Gervinho volley on a Daniele De Rossi ball over the top. Ljajic turned Jonathan inside out only for his pass to flash across the face of goal with nobody able to tap in.

Icardi volleyed wide, but claimed he was being dragged back by Mehdi Benatia. Inter are the only team without a penalty awarded in their favour this season.

Palacio’s header was just over the bar from a Ricky Alvarez cross, while Yuto Nagatomo ballooned a volley over from a very promising position.

Mattia Destro had the ball in the net on 32 minutes, but it was correctly disallowed as he was slightly offside when Radja Nainggolan flicked on the cross.

Gervinho and De Rossi had shots charged down in quick succession, while Leandro Castan crucially blocked a Jonathan pull-back from the by-line with two teammates waiting on the six-yard line.

De Rossi could well face a ban using video evidence, as he was caught on camera punching Icardi as they were waiting for a corner to come in.

Roma were far more attacking and confidence in the second half, especially after introducing Miralem Pjanic for Ljajic. Gervinho tried to set up teammates on the counter when he could’ve gone for goal himself, then Fredy Guarin ran a big risk in his own penalty area when dribbling out of trouble.

Rolando dived in to anticipate Gervinho as he was ready to tap in the Vasilis Torosidis cross from five yards, saving a certain goal.

Gervinho fired straight at Handanovic, but the Inter goalkeeper did brilliantly to get down for a one-handed save on Pjanic’s effort in a Nainggolan counter-attack.

Nainggolan amd Hernanes both had attempts from distance. On 41 minutes there was another potential incident for video evidence, as Juan Jesus appeared to elbow Alessio Romagnoli in the ribs. 


Roma: De Sanctis; Torosidis, Benatia, Castan, Romagnoli; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Ljajic (Pjanic 55), Destro (Bastos 81), Gervinho (Florenzi 89)
Inter: Handanovic; Rolando, Samuel, Juan Jesus; Jonathan (Zanetti 88), Guarin, Cambiasso, Alvarez (Hernanes 64), Nagatomo; Palacio, Icardi (Botta 74)
Ref: Bergonzi