Serie A

  • M. Pjanić 25’
0 Extra Time 0
1 Full Time 0
04/04/2015
Serie A
Stadio Olimpico

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      There is the final whistle! A huge, huge victory for Roma!
    • 90'
      De Rossi hesitates in possession inside his own half and is pickpocketed by David Lopez. The Spaniard fails to beat his marker and the ball ricochets to Jorginho, but his cross is claimed by De Sanctis.
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      Mertens' delivery is headed away by the first man but Napoli quickly regain possession, enabling Andujar to head back towards his own goal.
    • 90'
      Mertens receives the ball on the right but sees his cross blocked by Torosidis. Andujar is coming up for the resultant corner!
    • 90'
      We are into the first of an additional four minutes!
    • 0'
      That's all we have time for this afternoon. Thanks for joining me, Tom Webber, and have a great day.
    • 0'
      Napoli may now have to rely on triumphing in the Europa League to ensure their place in next season's Champions League as they now sit nine points adrift of second-placed Roma.
    • 0'
      FULL TIME - Roma 1-0 Napoli: The Giallorossi take a huge step towards securing the second automatic Champions League qualification spot by beating one of their rivals for the position at the Olimpico this afternoon. Pjanic's first-half strike proved to be the winner, but it was the heroics of De San
    • 0'
      HALF TIME - Roma 1-0 Napoli: The Partenopei had the better start to the match of the two sides but were unable to test De Sanctis before Pjanic put the home side ahead with a cool finish from Florenzi's cutback. Things heated up thereafter, with Manolas keeping out a De Guzman effort with a block th
    • 0'
      The teams are out on the pitch in Rome, so kick off will be upon us in just a few moments.
    • 0'
      Napoli have won just one of their last 12 Serie A matches against Roma at the Olimpico, losing seven times in the process. The Partenopei have failed to win any of their last four league games and have never gone five Serie A matches without a victory under Benitez. They'll need to pick up a win tod
    • 0'
      Napoli substitutes: Rafael, Strinic, Henrique, Koulibaly, Zuniga, Colombo, Mesto, Gargano, Gabbiadini, Hamsik, Insigne, Zapata.
    • 0'
      Napoli (4-2-3-1): Andujar; Maggio, Albiol, Britos, Ghoulam; Jorginho, David Lopez; Callejon, De Guzman, Mertens; Higuain.
    • 0'
      Roma substitutes: Lobont, Skorupski, Cole, Spolli, Mapou, Balzaretti, Pellegrini, Paredes, Verde, Ibarbo, Doumbia.
    • 0'
      Roma (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Torosidis, Manolas, Astori, Holebas; Pjanic, De Rossi, Nainggolan; Florenzi, Ljajic, Iturbe.
    • 0'
      NAPOLI TEAM NEWS: There are four switches from Rafa Benitez after his team drew 1-1 at Atalanta before the international break. Faouzi Ghoulam and Raul Albiol come into the defence in place of Kalidou Koulibaly and Henrique. Gokhan Inler and Manolo Gabbiadini also drop to the bench, with Jorginho an
    • 0'
      ROMA TEAM NEWS: Rudi Garcia makes three changes from the team that ended a run of five winless games in all competitions with a victory at Cesena last time out. Salih Ucan is replaced in midfield by the returning Miralem Pjanic, while Ivorian duo Gervinho and Seydou Doumbia make way for Juan Manuel
    • 0'
      The race for the Champions League places is hotting up as we enter the final stages of the season. Roma haven't won any of their previous seven league fixtures at the Olimpico and can consider themselves fortunately to still be sitting in second position. Part of their good fortune is down to Napoli
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to this LIVE coverage of the meeting between Roma and Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico. The Giallorossi's Scudetto challenge has faded away having picked up just two victories from their last 11 outings in Serie A, and that form has also opened the door to other contenders for second
    • 1'
      We are underway!
    • 3'
      De Rossi has immediately dropped in alongside Manolas and Astori in order to grant the full-backs freedom to get forward. The hosts are controlling the ball during the early exchanges but are yet to worry the visiting defence.
    • 5'
      Ljajic glides down the left wing before looking to dance inside the box and open up an angle for a shot. He pulls the trigger from just inside the corner of the area but fails to find a route through the blue shirts ahead of him, with Napoli clearing after the initial block.
    • 6'
      Higuain picks up the ball in an advanced position on the left wing and he holds it up to encourage his team-mates forward. De Guzman gets up in support so the Argentine attempts a quick one-two with the Dutchman, but the return pass is intercepted by Astori.
    • 8'
      De Guzman comes in off the left and attempts to feed Higuain in the box. The Argentine is caught on his heels and Astori clears the danger. Mertens quickly regains possession for the visitors, though, and he drives into the box and squares a low pass into the centre. He is unable to find a team-mate
    • 9'
      Callejon lays the ball off to David Lopez and then surges towards the byline. He times his run perfectly but the pass from his compatriot is overhit and he cannot stop it from running out of play.
    • 11'
      D. De Rossi receives a yellow card.
    • 11'
      The first yellow card of the game is already out, and it is brandished in the direction of Jorginho. The Brazilian beat the Roma captain to the ball and was caught late by a little kick from his opponent. The referee showed no hesitation in getting his card out.
    • 13'
      Ghoulam's attempted cross is blocked behind for a corner on the left, which Mertens swings in. It is hit in with pace but is a little too high for either David Lopez or Britos to get a head on it!
    • 14'
      Mertens passes inside from the left to Higuain, and the Argentine rolls a brilliant ball into the box for the run of Jorginho. The midfielder is beaten to it by De Sanctis, though, as the keeper launches himself forwards and smothers possession.
    • 16'
      After a slightly sluggish start from the Partenopei they've begun to get a footing in the game and are beginning to link up well in the final third. Roma need to push forward and stop their opponents from building up too much momentum in these early stages.
    • 17'
      De Rossi handles the ball inside the Napoli half following a header from David Lopez, but he didn't have much of an opportunity to get his arm out of the way. Some visiting players suggest to the referee that it should be his second yellow card, but those calls are ignored.
    • 19'
      There plenty of interchanging going on between Roma's front three, but with Ljajic, Iturbe and Florenzi all on the hosts are lacking a focal point. Although Totti drops deeper when he operates in the central attacking position, his ability to link the play makes up for the absence of a target.
    • 20'
      JUST WIDE! Pjanic curls a free kick in from the left which is too far ahead of Astori in the box. The delivery bounces behind the defence before shading the outside of the far upright!
    • 21'
      J. Holebas goes into the referee's book.
    • 22'
      Holebas goes into the book for a rash challenge on Callejon just outside of the right side of the area. It was close to the line and on another day that could have been a penalty! The resultant free kick is taken from the corner of the box by Ghoulam and he fires the ball straight into the arms of D
    • 23'
      Jorginho is picked out in a pocket of space 25 yards from goal and he takes just one touch to set himself for a shot. He shapes to curl the ball inside the top corner but gets it all wrong and blazes his effort high and wide of the target.
    • 24'
      Nainggolan guides a brilliant pass to the feet of Florenzi inside the box, but the winger is quickly dispossessed by a brilliant challenge from Ghoulam! He had to get that right.
    • 25'
      G M. Pjanić Assist A. Florenzi
    • 25'
      Assist by A. Florenzi.
    • 25'
      GOOOOOOOAAAL!! ROMA LEAD! Iturbe breaks through the heart of the pitch before offloading to his right for Florenzi in space. The winger gets his head up and spots Pjanic in space on the penalty spot. His cutback is weighted to perfection, enabling the Bosnian to steer it low into the back of the net
    • 27'
      You could see the jubilation shared among the Roma players as they celebrated that goal. They know how big this game is, and as it stands they are nine points clear of the Partenopei. Still more than an hour left to play, though.
    • 29'
      Higuain feeds Callejon, who has De Guzman steaming up to provide a two-on-one situation. The Spaniard loses his footing but recovers it just in time to send a through ball into the path of the former Swansea City man. He is unable to control it is thus sent wide, but De Sanctis commits to coming off
    • 30'
      Mertens shows brilliant feet and agility to worm his way into the box from the left wing. He then darts to the byline but is unable to pick out another blue shirt with his cutback and Roma remove the danger.
    • 32'
      Albiol is cautioned by the referee.
    • 32'
      Iturbe's pace and direct running is causing the Napoli defence problems, and as he looks to break away through the centre of the park he is felled by Albiol. It's bad enough to warrant a yellow card, according to the referee.
    • 33'
      The set-piece delivery into the box is nodded away by Albiol, but only as far as Iturbe. The Argentine smashes a first-time volley back towards goal but it sails high of the target.
    • 35'
      Higuain comes out to the right and attempts to dribble his way to the top of the box. He cuts out and in before being blocked off by Pjanic. He stops in his tracks and appeals for a free kick, but the referee waves away his claim.
    • 37'
      Manolas concedes a cheap free kick following a shove on De Guzman midway inside the Roma half. The Dutchman gets things restarted quickly with a short set-piece in an attempt to encourage his team to try and open up their opponents in open play.
    • 39'
      WHAT A CHANCE! Napoli have a great opportunity to draw level as Higuain releases Callejon with a brilliant cross-field ball over to the Spaniard on the right. He races down the outside before cutting inside of De Rossi. De Sanctis closes him quickly so he offloads to De Guzman for a free shot at goa
    • 40'
      Roma then hit on the counterattack rapidly, with Ljajic dribbling in off the left flank and closing in on goal from an acute angle. He gets his shot all wrong, though, and ends up sending the ball out for a throw in on the far side.
    • 42'
      SO CLOSE! Higuain receives the ball in the box and looks to go down the outside of Manolas and fire a left-footed shot on the target. The Greek again slides in for a vital block, but the Argentine keeps the ball in play. He attempts to curl a shot into the far corner from a tight angle but it lacks
    • 44'
      Again Napoli come forward down their left and Ghoulam attempts to find Callejon on the opposite side of the box with a diagonal cross. He puts too much power behind it and only succeeds in sending the ball behind for a goal kick.
    • 45'
      There is the half-time whistle!
    • 46'
      We are back underway!
    • 48'
      Higuain is picked out 20 yards from goal and he tries to wriggle his way into the box. Again Astori halts him in his path with a strong sliding tackle on the edge of the box.
    • 50'
      Nainggolan angles a pass out to the left for Holebas and the Greek whips a dangerous ball into the box. However, only Iturbe is in the area for the hosts, and the delivery flies over his head before being cleared by Ghoulam.
    • 52'
      Roma are sitting deep and allowing Napoli to have the ball now. They clearly just want to play on the counterattack, but it's a dangerous game. De Guzman attempts to slide a pass in behind for Higuain, but it's intercepted.
    • 53'
      MERTENS HAS TO SCORE! The Belgian skips beyond Astori and races into the box before looking to stab an effort into the far corner. He doesn't get enough power on the ball, though, and De Sanctis dives down to his left to keep it out.
    • 53'
      Iturbe races forward as Roma break, but after getting free on the right he plays a square pass that is too short for the supporting Florenzi!
    • 55'
      A. Florenzi is yellow-carded.
    • 55'
      Florenzi is the latest player to go into the book and it comes following a clumsy challenge on Mertens. He simply didn't want the Belgian breaking on his team-mates so hauled him down.
    • 57'
      MERTENS AGAIN! The Belgian plays a give-and-go with Jorginho, whose pass into the former PSV man is weighted perfectly, but De Rossi slides in and deflects the ball into the path of De Sanctis, who bats it away.
    • 59'
      It is all Napoli at the moment! The Partenopei have been brilliant since half time, calling De Sanctis into action a few times so far in the second half. Benitez's men have netted a league high 29 goals after the interval this season.
    • 61'
      Roma manage to get out of their own half of the pitch and they work the ball into the box nicely, but Florenzi's attempt to find Ljajic is intercepted.
    • 62'
      SI M. Gabbiadini SO A. Florenzi
    • 62'
      M. Gabbiadini comes on for José Callejón.
    • 62'
      Benitez makes the first substitution of the game, with Callejon going off to be replaced by Gabbiadini.
    • 64'
      Mertens is once more the source of danger for Napoli, cutting inside after receiving a pass from David Lopez near the corner of the box. He tries to bend a shot into the top corner of the far side of the goal, but his effort fails to find the target.
    • 66'
      A short corner ends up finding the head of Britos inside the box, and his header has plenty of power but no direction as it sails high of the net.
    • 67'
      WHAT A SAVE! De Guzman dribbles forward on the left and knocks the ball to the side of Manolas before clipping a quick delivery into the centre. Gabbiadini volleys it at goal with his first touch but De Sanctis reacts superbly by flinging an arm at the effort and tipping it over.
    • 68'
      SI L. Paredes SO A. Florenzi
    • 68'
      M. Pjanić is replaced with L. Paredes.
    • 68'
      Pjanic appeared to take a little knock earlier, and no risks are taken as he now comes off and is replaced by Paredes.
    • 69'
      Florenzi gets away with one there! The winger clatters through the back of Mertens as the chase a ball down towards the corner flag, but the referee refrains from showing him a yellow card and instead only awards a free kick.
    • 71'
      SI M. Yanga-Mbiwa SO A. Florenzi
    • 71'
      M. Yanga-Mbiwa enters the game and replaces J. Holebas.
    • 71'
      Garcia makes another change, with Mapou coming on for Holebas. It looks as though he will go to the right-back position, with Torosidis coming across to the left.
    • 72'
      V. Torosidis receives a yellow card.
    • 72'
      Torosidis is the latest player to go into the book for a scything challenge from behind on Gabbiadini. He took none of the ball and can have no complaints. That yellow card will keep him out of Roma's next outing.
    • 74'
      As we head towards the final 15 minutes it is still Napoli who look the more dangerous of the two sides. Roma's decision to sit deep could prove costly as they are struggling to hold onto possession when they do eventually get it.
    • 76'
      Another change from Benitez now. Somewhat surprisingly it is Higuain who makes way; Duvan Zapata is his replacement.
    • 77'
      SI D. Zapata SO A. Florenzi
    • 77'
      D. Zapata enters play, replacing G. Higuaín.
    • 78'
      GABBIADINI IS DENIED AGAIN! Mertens somehow keeps the ball at his feet as he dances in off the left before picking the perfect time to offload to the former Sampdoria man. He fires a left-footed shot towards goal but sends it straight at De Sanctis, who drops to his knees and smothers the effort.
    • 79'
      Ghoulam isn't happy as he has got a cut just off to the side of his eye following a coming together with Mapou. It didn't look intentional, but the Algerian is disappointed that the referee has taken no action.
    • 80'
      SI V. Ibarbo SO A. Florenzi
    • 80'
      A. Florenzi is done for the day. V. Ibarbo is his replacement.
    • 80'
      Garcia makes his final change of the afternoon, replacing Florenzi with Victor Ibarbo.
    • 81'
      SI L. Insigne SO A. Florenzi
    • 81'
      J. de Guzmán is done for the day. L. Insigne is his replacement.
    • 81'
      Benitez, too, makes his final substitution now. He decides to bring Lorenzo Insigne on for De Guzman, meaning Hamsik will not be featuring today.
    • 83'
      A long ball is fired into the box for Zapata to chase, but the Colombian knocks it out of play under pressure from Manolas. However, the officials deem that the Greek had the last touch and award a corner.
    • 84'
      The set-piece is taken short to create a better angle for Gabbiadini to get a cross in. He completely mishits it, though, and sends the ball out for a throw in on the far side.
    • 86'
      Mertens pops up on the right this time, and after receiving the ball from Jorginho he sends it towards the far post for Zapata. It takes a slight touch off De Rossi in its flight and the Colombian is thus unable to control it.
    • 87'
      NAINGGOLAN! The Belgian unleashes a stinging drive from 25 yards having been teed up following some good work from Iturbe, but his attempt flies straight into the arms of Andujar.
    • 88'
      THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! Iturbe takes the ball around Andujar after being played in by Ibarbo and looks certain to add to Roma's tally, but with the goal gaping he fires it into the side netting!
    • 90'
      Roma get the ball forward and then look to slow it down in the Napoli half. They just want to wind the clock down now!
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE

    SUBSTITUTES

    Attacker
    spain
    José Callejón
    7
    Captain
    62'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    portugal
    Paulo Fonseca
    italy
    Carlo Ancelotti

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 18 10
    Yellow Cards 4 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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