SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 23 - 13 Feb 2012 (19.45 UK)
1 - 0 Roma
Calaiò pen 51 (S)
Stadio Artemio Franchi - Montepaschi Arena

Roma absolutely dominated possession, but were surprisingly felled 1-0 by an Emanuele Calaio penalty in Siena.

The Tuscans were brimming with enthusiasm after their Coppa Italia semi-final victory over Napoli, while they had also earned a 1-1 draw at the Olimpico earlier this season. Zeljko Brkic and Francesco Bolzoni were out of action, while ex-Roma man Gaetano D’Agostino was on the bench. The Giallorossi missed Nicolas Burdisso and the suspended Daniele De Rossi, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was on the bench for the first time in 2012.

Roma dominated possession early on, but it was Siena who had the first real chance after eight minutes when Mattia Destro ran forward and lobbed off target with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Siena again should’ve gone in front, as Emanuele Calaiò flashed an angled drive across the face of goal and wide of the far post when the defence had been taken by surprise. Gianluca Pegolo flew to palm an Erik Lamela free kick round the post as it dipped over the defensive wall.

Destro again wasted, as Luigi Giorgi went clear down the right and rolled across for his teammate, who ballooned over under pressure from Juan in front of an open goal.

Lamela hit the side-netting from a Fabio Simplicio pass, but Siena were still more dangerous and Gabriel Heinze had to deflect a Destro effort out for a corner.

Miralem Pjanic completed a give-and-go with Totti, but Pegolo smartly rushed out to smother at his feet. The Giallorossi had 73 per cent possession in the first half, but struggled to create any real chances.

Straight after the restart, Federico Viviani gave away the ball in midfield to spark a Siena counter-attack, but Destro fired straight at Maarten Stekelenburg after Calaiò was closed down.

Simon Kjaer came on for the second half as Juan had a groin problem, but within five minutes had given away a penalty with his clumsy intervention on Destro, clipping his knee. Stekelenburg got the right angle, but could not stop Calaiò firing the spot-kick right into the bottom corner to put Siena in front.

Roma were struggling and Luis Enrique replaced Totti with Osvaldo, who was making his comeback from a long injury lay-off. Osvaldo had a clear sight of goal, but Claudio Terzi crucially intercepted Aleandro Rosi’s cross.

Bojan Krkic replaced Fabio Simplicio for four strikers in a bid to turn this around, but Siena in turn switched to 4-5-1. Borini tried to make the most of a midfield mistake, but he slipped on the icy turf before it could become truly a dangerous situation.

Roma’s first real chance of the second half came with nine minutes left on the clock. A cross was deflected into the air for Borini’s well-taken volley, but Pegolo blocked at the near post.

Siena were under siege during the closing stages, but still Pegolo managed to flap a looping cross off the head of Osvaldo. Kjaer knocked down a cross for Borini, but again Luca Rossettini managed to close it down.

A Kjaer glancing header was comfortably grabbed by Pegolo, while Angelo’s strike from distance reminded Stekelenburg he was still in the game.


: Pegolo; Vitiello, Rossettini, Terzi, Del Grosso; Giorgi (Parravicini 77), Vergassola, Gazzi, Brienza; Destro (Grossi 83), Calaiò (Angelo 71)
Roma: Stekelenburg; Rosi, Juan (Kjaer 46), Heinze, Jose Angel; Simplicio (Bojan 68), Viviani, Pjanic; Borini, Totti (Osvaldo 59), Lamela
Ref: Rocchi