Serie A

  • R. Nainggolan 89’
0 Half Time 0
Serie A


    • KICK OFF
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      CHANCE! Neat play in the final third between Higuain and Mertens opens up space for Hamsik to strike the ball, but the midfielder can only drive his effort over the bar.
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      Reina shows his bravery to come through a crowd of players to challenge Rudiger for the ball from Digne's cross and win it to alleviate the pressure on his defence. Confident keeping from the former Liverpool man.
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      The referee brings the half to an end.
    • 90'
      The referee brings an end to the contest.
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      Thanks for joining our commentary this afternoon. Until next time, goodbye.
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      Napoli's failure to win this afternoon hands the Serie A title to Juventus for the fifth year on the spin. It was one of those days in front of goal for Maurizio Sarri's men as Gonzalo Higuian, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon failed to fire. Roma kept the pressure on the visitors throughout the cont
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      FULL-TIME: Roma 1-0 Napoli
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      It is goalless after 45 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico in a game where both sides have to win. Juventus will be watching the match with broad grins across their faces after the first half as Napoli were unable to find the net. Gonzalo Higuain was the nearest to breaking the deadlock, but his close-r
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      HALF-TIME: Roma 0-0 Napoli
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      The players are making their way out on to the pitch, so we should be underway shortly.
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      Napoli have made just one change from their 6-0 triumph over Bologna. Gonzalo Higuain has returned from suspension and replaces Gabbiadini up front, despite the forward's brace last week. The Argentine leads the line through the middle, with Jose Calllejon and Mertens offering support from the flank
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      Roma have made two changes to their side from their 3-2 triumph over Torino. Lucas Digne and Miralem Pjanic are recalled to the starting line-up with Emerson and Maicon dropping to the bench. Diego Perotti, Mohamed Salah and Stephan El Shaarawy lead the line for I Lupi this afternoon as part of a th
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      Napoli subs: Gabriel, Rafael, Strinic, Regini, Chiriches, Maggio, David Lopez, Chalobah, Valdifiori, El Kaddouri, Insigne, Gabbiadini.
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      Napoli (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Jorginho, Hamsik; Callejon, Higuain, Mertens.
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      Roma subs: De Sanctis, Castan, Zukanovic, Maicon, Palmieri, Torosidis, Strootman, De Rossi, Dzeko, Iago Falque, Totti.
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      Roma (4-3-3): Szczesny; Florenzi, Manolas, Rudiger, Digne; Pjanic, Nainggolan, Keita; Salah, Perotti, El Shaarawy.
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      The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
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      Napoli bounced back from their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Inter in perfect fashion with a 6-0 drubbing of Bologna. Dries Mertens notched a hat-trick, while Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice with David Lopez adding a late strike to compound his side's win. Gli Azzurri have lost their last two away games
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      I Lupi have been in impressive form in Serie A since the end of January, putting together an unbeaten run of 13 matches to surge into the top three. Spalletti's men have won 10 of those contests, including their 3-2 comeback victory over Torino last time out as a late brace from Francesco Totti stun
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      Roma are also in need of a victory this afternoon to fend off Inter Milan in their quest to earn a Champions League place for next season. Luciano Spalletti's men can all but end the Nerazzurri's attempt to break into the top three by taking all three points today at the Stadio Olimpico, while they
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      Napoli have to win today to keep the Serie A title race alive for at least another match following Juventus's win over Fiorentina on Sunday. Massimiliano Allegri's men moved 12 points clear of Gli Azzurri, putting the visitors under huge pressure to send their futile quest into the weekend.
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      Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Serie A clash between Roma and Napoli.
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      We're underway at the Stadio Olimpico.
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      CHANCE! The home side come within inches of the lead in the second minute as Salah blasts his effort just over the bar from the edge of the box. A poor clearance from Hysaj allowed the winger to strike at goal, but he failed to put the ball into Pepe Reina's net.
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      Higuain collects the ball in space down the right inside channel, and he takes the ball in stride to fire at goal. However, the offside flag is raised, although the Argentine does not seem convinced.
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      PENALTY SHOUT! Roma ask the question of the referee as Salah breaks into the box and goes down under the challenge of Ghoulam. The winger did appear to go down very easily, and the referee simply dismisses the home side's claim.
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      Opportunity for Roma to threaten as Keita is brought down by Jorginho 30 yards from goal. Pjanic stands over the ball waiting to deliver the set-piece.
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      Pjanic knocks the ball short to Florenzi, who does expect to receive the ball on the edge of the box. The Italian take a poor first touch but still manages to rifle an effort at goal, only to see the shot blocked by a wall of blue shirts.
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      Callejon lifts a sublime ball over the top of the Roma defence for the run of Mertens. The ball skips off the surface and just evades the outstretched foot of te Belgian otherwise he would have been through one-on-one with Szczesny.
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      Pjanic almost threads the needle to send Salah through in the inside right channel, but Koulibaly and Ghoulam do just enough to stop the ball from reaching the winger.
    • 17'
      Altercation in the middle as Manolas goes down clutching his face following a battle for the ball with Higuain. Roma players surround the Argentine and the referee, but the official remains calms and disperses the crowd.
    • 19'
      Roma are dominating possession in the midfield, but are yet to test Pepe Reina with an effort at goal. Spalletti will want to see more from his team in the final third as the half progresses.
    • 21'
      SI E. Zukanović SO K. Manolas
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      Zukanovic comes on to replaced Manolas, who complains to his team-mates and his manager that he cannot see out of his right eye following his clash with Higuain.
    • 22'
      Higuain surges forward towards the edge of the box and gets jeered by the home fans. He almost carves out space to fire an effort towards the net, but he gets brought down by a challenge from Zukanovic. The Argentine wants a free-kick, but the referee declines.
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      CHANCE! Rudiger gives the ball away deep in his own half due to a botched clearanced. Mertens dribbles to the edge of the box before shooting, but Rudiger gets back to block his strike enough to take the power off it and allow Szczesny to make the save.
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      OFFSIDE! Mertens looks up and plays a fine through ball for the run of Callejon down the right flank. The forward takes a touch and buries his strike beyond Szczesny into the net, but the flag is raised for offside. Replays show that Callejon was indeed offside by a fraction.
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      CHANCE! Higuain almost unlocks the Roma defence by displaying brilliant control to take a long ball over the top in stride and on to his left foot. The striker tries to round Szczesny, but the keeper does enough to block his effort while Zukanovic clears the danger.
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      Space opens up for Salah in the final third as he collects a low pass from Perotti. However, he cannot make solid contact with his left-footed strike from the edge of the box, allowing Reina to gather with ease.
    • 33'
      The game is opening up for both teams, although Napoli look the more threatening of the sides due to the presence of Higuain. The departure of Manolas seems to have unsettled the home side at the back.
    • 38'
      Pjanic goes into the book for clipping the heels of Mertens as the Belgian sped past his challenge.
    • 39'
      Salah tries to weave his way through Koulibaly in the penalty area, but the defender does well to make an inch-perfect challenge to knock the ball off the winger and win a goal-kick for his team. It has been the tone of the half for the home side, they just have not been able to break down Napoli's
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      Roma almost hit the visitors on the counter as Nainggolan and Salah burst forward from the midfield, but both players are brought down by cynical challenges from Koulibaly and Ghoulam. The defenders took one for the team in that situation as Salah especially looked like he was away. However, the vis
    • 41'
      Koulibaly is also carded for his lunge on Nainggolan.
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      Ghoulam goes into the book for the late challenge on Salah.
    • 42'
      The delivery comes into the box from the right wing, but the visitors are organised at the back and despite pressure from Roma they are eventually able to clear their lines.
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      There will be three minutes of added time.
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      SI Maicon SO K. Manolas
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      We're back underway at the Stadio Olimpico. Napoli have 45 minutes to act to stop Juventus being crowned champions today.
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      Florenzi makes way after picking up a knock in the first half and is replaced by Maicon.
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      Rudiger goes into the book, but it appears harsh as he wins the ball in his challenge with Mertens.
    • 49'
      Hamsik makes a late run towards the left inside channel and he beats the challenge of Maicon to open up space for a strike. His effort deflects off Zukanovic and into the waiting arms of Szczesny, signs of intent from the visitors.
    • 51'
      Keita makes a strong challenge in front of his back four to dispossess Mertens as the Belgian raided forward. Roma need more of that play throughout the second half.
    • 52'
      The Roma skipper is involved again as he latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box. Keita opts to shoot, but gets his effort all wrong by sending the strike well over the crossbar.
    • 54'
      The home side build a good move through the middle with a patient approach, but Pjanic wastes the opening with a loose pass looking for the run of Salah down the right, allowing Mertens to intercept.
    • 56'
      El Shaarawy gets played behind the Napoli defence by Perotti, and he tries to shrug off the challenge of Albiol. However, the defender proves to be too strong for him to handle and the Spaniard clears the danger for the visitors. Great defending.
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      The game's tempo has just dropped over the past five minutes or so. Roma are trying to take the pace out of the game by controlling the middle of the park, stifling the space for Mertens and Higuain.
    • 61'
      CHANCE! Roma spread the ball to the right in the final third as Nainggolan's ball finds Maicon down the flank. The right-back takes a good first touch before rifling a strike across goal, but Reina just gets enough on the ball to divert the Brazilian's effort past the post. So close to the opener fo
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      Albiol shines for the visitors at the back again by making a crucial intervention to head Maicon's cross towards the back post away from goal. Salah was lurking behind the defender, and would have had an excellent chance to convert the cross had the Spaniard not acted.
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      CHANCE! Mertens should hit the target with an effort from outside the box, but he can only curl his strike wide of the post. Higuain created the opening with a sublime piece of skill on the half-way line to turn Zukanovic before playing his team-mate in down the right. However, the Belgian couldn't
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      Digne almost gets himself in a horrible mess at the back post as he attempts to clear a cross under pressure from Callejon. The left-back just manages to boot the ball out for a throw-in before the forward can close him down further.
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      CHANCE! Koulibaly wins the ball for his team by dispossessing Salah, and allows Mertens to break with a simple pass. The Belgian raids at Maicon down the left before cutting back on to his right foot. He has Higuian in support, but decides to go for the target himself, only to see his effort sail ov
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      Mertens is yellow-carded for simulation for taking a tumble following a challenge by Maicon.
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      Albiol continues his fine display with a great covering tackle to deny El Shaarawy just as the striker looked to be through on goal. The former Monaco man took a low pass in stride in the box and tried to lift the ball over Reina, but the defender was there to stop his shot to send the ball out for
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      CHANCE! A simple ball into the box causes havoc in the Roma area, and Higuain almost profits but he cannot squirm his effort under the body of Szczesny. The Pole is called into action to put the ball behind as Maicon tries to knock it back to his keeper. Fortunately for the defender, Szczesny was aw
    • 74'
      Jorginho is the latest player to be sent into the book by the referee.
    • 75'
      SI L. Insigne SO K. Manolas
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      Insigne replaces Mertens, who has lacked his usual clinical edge in attack today.
    • 78'
      Maicon raids down the right and tries to whip the ball into the box, but his attempted cross is blocked by Ghoulam. The Brazilian wants more than the throw-in the home side are awarded as he claims the ball struck the defender's arm, but the referee waves away his appeal.
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      SI David López SO K. Manolas
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      David Lopez replaces Allan in the middle of the park for the final 11 minutes.
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      SI F. Totti SO K. Manolas
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      Here comes Totti! The 39-year-old joins the action for the final 10 minutes to replace El Shaarawy. He scored twice in his side's comeback victory over Torino last week. Can he add another late goal today?
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      CHANCE! Hamsik and Higuain almost break through for the visitors, but neither are able to convert great chances in the final third. Higuain broke behind the Roma defence, but Szczesny produced a solid save to deny the forward. However, the rebound broke kindly for Hamsik to slot into an empty net, o
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      Another last-ditch tackle from the home side as Zukanovic is forced to act to stop the forward run of Hamsik. The defender knocks the ball off the legs of the Napoli man to earn his side a goal-kick. All hands on deck for Spalletti's men at the back.
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      Totti almost carves out a moment of magic by arcing a lofted pass over the top of the Napoli defence, but Salah cannot bring the ball under control and Reina can gather ahead of the forward.
    • 89'
      G R. Nainggolan Assist K. Manolas
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      Salah displays his quality by just doing enough to send the ball into Nainggolan's path on the edge of the box.
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      GOAL!!! Roma take the lead in the dying embers of the game with a well worked move finished in style by Nainggolan. Totti caused havoc in the box with a lofted pass and Maicon dug the ball back to Salah, who somehow squeezed it sideways for his team-mate on the edge of the box. The Belgian held his
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      SI M. Gabbiadini SO K. Manolas
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      There will be three minutes of added time. Juventus are so close to the title now as Napoli struggle to get the ball forward.
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      A last throw of the dice from Napoli as Gabbiadini replaces Jorginho.

    Line Up

    José Callejón




    Paulo Fonseca
    Carlo Ancelotti



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


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


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


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


    Fouls Conceded 10 11
    Yellow Cards 2 4
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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