Serie A - Chievo draw as Roma fall apart

Sat, 04 Dec 19:05:00 2010

Two second-half strikes completed a Chievo comeback and a 2-2 draw against Roma on a dreadful pitch at the Stadio Marc Antonio Bentegodi.

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In a match where passing football was rendered near impossible by the bobbly surface, Fabio Simplicio made the difference in the first half for Roma with a classy first goal and an opportunistic second.

Chievo came back at Claudio Ranieri's side in the second half and grabbed a goal through Davide Moscardelli, and then secured a point through Pablo Granoche's strike.

Daniele De Rossi saw red for the visitors as Roma fell apart in the dying minutes, but Sergio Pellissier had a shot cleared off the line in the dying minutes to deny Chievo a win.

Roma handed a start to summer signing Adriano up front, leaving club favourite Francesco Totti on the bench.

He looked lively in the opening moments, going close with a well-struck free kick.

But the game soon enough settled into scrappiness, with frustrated players giving away numerous fouls.

In a game of such stilted play, Simplicio's first was a treat.

He picked Luca Rigoni's pocket as Chievo failed to deal with a deep cross, then juggled the ball into his path and tucked a shot into the far corner.

The second, just before the interval, went in off the post as Simplicio got just enough on Marco Cassetti's cross to divert it past Stefano Sorrentino.

Roma looked to be doing a professional job on a difficult pitch, but Chievo fought back strongly.

Moscardelli's tried his luck with a long shot, and Julio Sergio was at fault to let the ball slip past him on the hour.

The ball did swerve and bounce awkwardly in front of the Roma goalkeeper, but he would have been livid to see it trickle past him.

The goal galvanised Chievo, and the equaliser came after 82 minutes, when two substitutes, Mariano Bogliacino and Granoche, combined to break through the Roma defence.

Bogliacino's delicate header created the space, and Julio Sergio could not prevent Granoche's shot from reaching the far corner.

De Rossi received his marching orders soon after for a horrendous scissor-kick challenge - the worst foul in a game where there were plenty of poor tackles.

Pellissier saw his chance to seal Chievo's win go begging as the visitors desperately cleared away off their own goal line, but in the end a draw was a fair result for both sides dominating one half of the match.

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Mark Patterson / Eurosport

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