SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 16 - 10 Dec 2017 (11.30 UK)
Chievo 0 - 0 Roma
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

Roma were held to a second consecutive away draw thanks to a Man of the Match performance from Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino.

Patrik Schick received his first start in a Giallorossi jersey after cardiac and muscular issues, giving Edin Dzeko a rare rest, and Maxime Gonalons stepped in for suspended Daniele De Rossi. The Flying Donkeys were eager to put the 5-0 defeat to Inter behind them, as Ivan Radovanovic returned from his ban, but Perparim Hetemaj, Nicola Rigoni and Lucas Castro were still sidelined.

Roma’s last defeat at the Bentegodi was in December 2012, followed by two wins and as many draws, but the Flying Donkeys hadn’t beaten them home or away in the last eight meetings.

Roma dominated early doors with two Radja Nainggolan efforts from distance, but Chievo came closest on 13 minutes when a Valter Birsa free kick was knocked on for Roberto Inglese to smack the bar from eight yards.

Stefano Sorrentino showed extraordinary reactions on 24 minutes, as first he parried the Schick back-heel flick to redirect an Aleksandar Kolarov strike, then immediately parried the Gerson follow-up too.

Kolarov’s cross-shot flashed past everyone and the far post and a similar situation occurred straight after the restart, as Roma continued to put together a series of corners. However, Inglese threatened again on the counter and Nainggolan rushed back to get the decisive block.

Sorrentino came to the rescue again on Gonalons from point-blank range after a give-and-go with Schick, then got behind a fearsome Kolarov rocket.

Dzeko replaced Gerson, moving Schick to the right, and Sorrentino smothered a Juan Jesus header from a corner.

Kolarov smashed another low ball across the face of goal and Dzeko sliding in couldn’t make contact from 30cm out.

Wasting all these chances kept Chievo in the game and Fabrizio Cacciatore volleyed over at the back post, while Birsa blasted over after Inglese dispossessed Federico Fazio.

Dzeko really should’ve scored when somehow volleying over from point-blank range at the far stick on a Nainggolan cross.

Even more extraordinary was Sorrentino’s save on 82 minutes, as Schick’s strike took a massive deflection at the near post and the 38-year-old was already falling the other way, but lifted his trailing foot to parry.

Chievo even threatened a winner in stoppages, but Juan Jesus got back to intercept Samuel Bastien’s cross.


Chievo: Sorrentino; Cacciatore, Tomovic, Gamberini, Jaroszynski; Depaoli (Dainelli 73), Radovanovic, Bastien; Birsa; Meggiorini (Stepinski 76), Inglese
Roma: Alisson; Bruno Peres, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan, Gonalons, Strootman (Under 80); Gerson (Dzeko 64), Schick, El Shaarawy (Perotti 72)
Ref: Maresca