SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 36 - 1 May 2012 (17.00 UK)
Chievo 0 - 0 Roma
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Roma were fortunate to scrape a point on the waterlogged Verona pitch, as Chievo had the best chances in their goalless draw.

The Giallorossi needed to get back on track after one point from three games, which saw them drop well behind the four teams in joint third place and suffer fan protests. Daniele De Rossi returned from suspension, though Erik Lamela and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo remained on their bans. Maarten Stekelenburg and Bogdan Lobont were both injured, leaving the gloves to Gianluca Curci, joining the sidelined Aleandro Rosi, Nicolas Burdisso, Juan and Marco Cassetti.

Chievo were safe from the drop now and could play without pressure, but missed Cyril Thereau, Boukary Drame, Nikola Gulan, Davide Moscardelli, De Paula, Marco Andreolli and Dario Dainelli.

Play was extremely difficult from the start, as the driving rain on Verona for hours had reduced the pitch to a paddy field with huge amounts of surface water making even the simplest passes tricky.

Curci came sliding out to smother at Alberto Paloschi’s feet, while at the other end Marquinho’s snapshot was charged down by Bojan Jokic. Paloschi ran on to a loose ball and tested Curci, but the offside flag had already been incorrectly raised when Michael Bradley threaded through the pass.

Rodrigo Taddei intercepted a dangerous cross before Jokic could nod in at the back post.

Roma also threatened, as Francesco Totti’s powerful free kick was deflected out for a corner by Jokic, then Bojan Krkic curled just wide from the outside edge of the box.

Curci again slid along the extremely wet turf to clear at Perparim Hetemaj’s feet when the offside trap failed. Simon Kjaer’s sliding tackle deflected a Sergio Pellissier strike over the bar moments later, as the Roma defence continued to struggle.

Roma introduced teenage striker Tallo in place of Bojan for the second half and the rain intensified over Verona.

Chievo did have the ball in the net on 57 minutes, but Pellissier was offside when setting up the goal, so it was correctly disallowed.

Fabio Borini hit the side-netting after running on to a smart through ball from Fernando Gago. Gabriel Heinze also went close, a volley from a corner well smothered by Stefano Sorrentino.

Simone Perrotta came on against his former club, but Chievo had a great chance when Michael Bradley unleashed a powerful strike from distance that Curci beat away and the goalkeeper was able to smother before Paloschi could pounce on the loose ball.

Hetemaj burst down the left and skipped past Taddei before curling a wonderful right-foot shot inches past the base of the far post.

Perrotta’s looping header whistled just wide of the far top corner with Sorrentino scrambling across. De Rossi came sliding in on Pellissier in the box, but the referee waved play on amid appeals.

Pellissier really should’ve scored in the final minute when a poor defensive header fell to him on the penalty spot, but the veteran striker fired over the bar.


Chievo: Sorrentino; Sardo, Cesar, Acerbi, Jokic; Rigoni, Bradley (Vacek 78), Hetemaj; Cruzado (Sammarco 83); Pellissier, Paloschi (Uribe 70)
Roma: Curci; Taddei, Kjaer (Perrotta 68), Heinze, Jose Angel; Gago, De Rossi, Marquinho (Simplicio 79); Totti; Borini, Bojan (Tallo 46)
Ref: Banti