SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 7 - 6 Oct 2019 (14.00 UK)
Roma 1 - 1 Cagliari
Joao Pedro 26 (C), Ceppitelli og 31 (R)
Stadio Olimpico

Roma were furious with the referee after their 1-1 draw against Cagliari, as Nikola Kalinic saw a last-minute goal disallowed.

The Giallorossi had an injury crisis that ruled out Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alessandro Florenzi, Diego Perotti, Cengiz Under and Davide Zappacosta, so Jordan Veretout was used in a more advanced trequartista role. Robin Olsen, Luca Pellegrini and Radja Nainggolan faced their former club, but Alessio Cragno, Leonardo Pavoletti, Ragnar Klavan, Charalampos Lykogiannis and Paolo Faragò didn’t make the trip.

Olsen was immediately called into action, parrying Nicolò Zaniolo’s effort from a tight angle, then the Amadou Diawara strike from distance.

Cagliari did precious little in attack until Gianluca Mancini was judged to have handled in the box. It seemed from one angle to bounce off his chest, but the referee viewed it on VAR and awarded the penalty, which Joao Pedro coolly converted into the bottom corner.

To make matters worse, Roma also saw Diawara stretchered off with what looked to be another serious knee injury, just days after Zappacosta was ruled out for five months.

However, the hosts drew level with a stroke of luck, as Luca Ceppitelli came sliding on to a Justin Kluivert cross and accidentally turned it into his own net as he tried to anticipate Edin Dzeko.

Dzeko twice tested Olsen at the near post, the second time a desperate defensive block preventing Mirko Antonucci from scoring on the rebound.

Cagliari also threatened on the stroke of half-time, as Nahitan Nandez dribbled between defenders to set up Giovanni Simeone and only a Leonardo Spinazzola deflection took it over from 12 yards.

Zaniolo forced Olsen to palm over the bar on a Kluivert cross, then did well to chest and volley a corner, skimming the near post.

Bryan Cristante got a glancing header to Aleksandar Kolarov’s free kick, again flashing just wide, while Olsen performed a desperate reaction save to fingertip Zaniolo’s toe-poke off the line.

The game ended in chaos, as at the 90th minute Nikola Kalinic bundled the ball over the line of an empty goal, but only after he had shoved Fabio Pisacane into Olsen, wiping both of them out. Pisacane came off much worse and was stretchered off in a neckbrace, but it was only after that happened that Roma players realised the goal had been disallowed.

They poured forward during 11 minutes of injury time, with Kalinic’s header clipping the bar as the last moment of the game. After the final whistle, Paulo Fonseca and a member of the Roma bench were shown red cards for screaming at the referee.

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Roma: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola (Santon 80), Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Cristante, Diawara (Antonucci 30) (Kalinic 74); Zaniolo, Veretout, Kluivert; Dzeko
Cagliari: Olsen; Cacciatore, Pisacane, Ceppitelli, Lu Pellegrini (Mattiello 81); Nandez, Cigarini, Rog; Nainggolan (Ionita 75); Joao Pedro, Simeone (Castro 59)
Ref: Massa