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Saturday December 16 2017
Lopez: 'If VAR roles were reversed...'

Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez claims VAR is not used the same way for incidents in favour of Roma or the smaller clubs. “I’d like to see if the roles were reversed.”

The new technology played a starring role this evening, as first it was used to transform an Edin Dzeko yellow card for simulation into a penalty, then to award Federico Fazio’s last-gasp winner amid handball appeals.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Cragno studied Perotti penalties

Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno has doubts over the Roma penalty, but had studied Diego Perotti’s spot-kick technique.

“We had been able to snatch a point, but on the final chance we were unlucky and conceded the goal on a ricochet,” he told Mediaset Premium after a 1-0 defeat at the Olimpico.

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Saturday December 16 2017
EDF: 'Roma dominated Cagliari'

Eusebio Di Francesco complained Cagliari “clearly came here looking for a point” and the 1-0 result in stoppages doesn’t reflect Roma’s performance.

“We could’ve scored a lot earlier, as Cagliari had their first shot on target at the 85th minute and clearly came here for a point,” the Coach told Mediaset Premium.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Player Ratings: Roma 1-0 Cagliari

Who stood out in a heart-stopping victory over Cagliari and which Roma players struggled in the Football Italia Player Ratings?

Words: Ciro Di Brita - @Ciruzzo36

Alisson  6

Was nice and alert in goal and commanded his area assuredly, even though he was never truly tested.

Alessandro Florenzi – 6

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Saturday December 16 2017
Fazio: 'Had to score eventually'

Federico Fazio was sure Roma would find the goal “eventually” after a stoppage-time win over Cagliari. “We spent the entire second half in their final third.”

Diego Perotti saw a penalty parried by Alessio Cragno, but there was more drama with VAR used to award Fazio’s last-gasp goal.

“We found the goal by spending the entire second half in their final third,” the match-winner told Mediaset Premium.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Dramatic Roma win thanks to VAR

VAR was the protagonist in Roma’s last-gasp victory over Cagliari, as it awarded a penalty – that Diego Perotti saw parried – and a Federico Fazio winner.

The spot-kick was awarded via VAR after the referee originally booked Edin Dzeko for simulation, but he watched the footage and instead ruled Alessio Cragno had made contact with his ankle.

Cragno made up for the situation anyway, as he stood still until the last second to parry Perotti’s penalty, his second save of the season.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Liveblog: Serie A Super Saturday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s Serie A games, Inter-Udinese, Torino-Napoli and Roma-Cagliari.

If you are on a mobile device or tablet, then follow the Liveblog HERE.

This is a real Super Saturday in Serie A with three Scudetto contenders all in action.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Florenzi respects Cagliari quality

Alessandro Florenzi warns Cagliari “have a lot of quality in midfield” and trusts he can build a Roma partnership with Patrik Schick.

The Giallorossi host Cagliari this evening, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“Schick is a very talented player, we won’t need too long to gel, but we have to think about Roma as a team of 11 and not just two down the right flank,” he told Sky Sport Italia and Roma TV.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Monchi: 'No Emerson-Juve talks'

Monchi denies Juventus have approached Roma for Emerson Palmieri. “There is nothing in it, we haven’t talked to anyone.”

The Giallorossi host Cagliari this evening, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

Napoli are the new Serie A leaders after a 3-1 win at Torino, as Inter lost their unbeaten record against Udinese.

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Saturday December 16 2017
Line-ups: Roma-Cagliari

Roma start both Edin Dzeko and Patrik Schick in a new trident as they try to get back on track against unpredictable Cagliari.

It kicks off at 19.45 GMT, follow the build-up and action as it happens on the LIVEBLOG.

The Giallorossi have drawn two of their last three Serie A games, stalled by Genoa and Chievo, but Daniele De Rossi returns from his two-match ban for violent conduct.

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