Saturday November 5, 2011 Day 11 Finished Stadio Silvio Piola

Novara 0 - 2 AS Roma

  • Bojan 73’
  • Osvaldo 76’

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  1. Roma leave it late to beat Novara

    Roma leave it late to beat Novara

    Round-up: Roma clinched a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Novara with two goals in the final 20 minutes in their Serie A clash at Silvio Piola. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Novara
    • AS Roma
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at Silvio Piola, and Roma have clinched a 2-0 victory over Novara courtesy of goals from substitute Bojan Krkic and Pablo Osvaldo in the final 20 minutes! Thanks for joining us. Serie A table
    • 90+1' Another move breaks down as Paci makes a fine challenge to deny De Rossi down the left as he bursts down the flank.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half as Roma build patiently in the Novara half.
    • 88' Bojan fouls Gemiti, and it's a very scrappy end to this match, but Roma will not care about that one bit.
    • 86' Pjanic makes way now for Perrotta to come on for Roma.
    • 84' Rigoni is ruled offside now as Pinardi attempts a through ball, and it is quite incredible how many times that has happened this evening!
    • 82' Burdisso concedes a corner as Roma suddenly find themselves under the cosh, and Novara enjoy a brief spell of possession.
    • 80' Burdisso attempts an acute through ball to pick out Osvaldo, but the forward is caught offside.
    • 78' Roma make a swift change as Rosi goes down injured, and it will be Jose Angel to come on and replace him.
    • 76' GOAL!!!!! OSVALDO MAKES IT TWO! Gago whips over a devilish delivery from a corner, and Osvaldo times his jump perfectly to power a header into the bottom left corner of the net!
    • 75' Jeda replaces Marianini as Novara make a change.
    • 73' GOAL!!!!! BOJAN SCORES! The sub does it as Bojan flies into the box to meet an exquisite through ball from Pjanic, and he finishes coolly to give Roma the lead!
    • 71' Porcari is shown the yellow card for a crude challenge, and that is entirely warranted.
    • 70' Gago blasts a wild shot over the bar, and that quality is not getting better in the final third.
    • 68' Marianini attempts another through ball for Meggiorini, but again the Roma back four time their move perfectly and he is offside.
    • 66' What a save from Stekelenburg! Meggiorini streaks clear at pace and has just the goalkeeper to beat, but Stekelenburg makes himself big and pulls off a superb save!
    • 64' Fontana does well to get right in behind a free kick from De Rossi, and he saves comfortably thanks to his excellent positioning.
    • 62' Pinardi fouls De Rossi, and Roma pile forward in their droves as they look to make this set piece count, but the delivery is very poor.
    • 60' Bojan Krkic comes on to replace Greco for Roma, and that is the visitors' first change.
    • 58' Morimoto comes off for the hosts, and it will be Giorgi who comes on in his place.
    • 56' Porcari attempts an audacious through ball, but Pinardi is caught offside as he mistimes his run.
    • 54' Novara make the first change of the match as Alex Pinardi comes on to replace Andrea Mazzarani.
    • 52' De Rossi takes a quick free kick, but the move peters out quickly as Gemiti beats Pjanic to the ball.
    • 50' The rain finally abates as the conditions improve dramatically at last, and hopefully better football will be the result.
    • 48' Massimo Paci is shown the yellow card for a poor challenge on Osvaldo, and he will have to be careful from now on.
    • 46' The second half is underway at Silvio Piola, and Roma are immediately in full flow as the visitors come out with greater urgency and purpose.
    • 45+1' The players are relieved to get inside and out of the torrential rain after a first half which has seen very little quality and no goals between Novara and Roma. Let's hope for better in the second...
    • 45' Gago curls an exquisite shot narrowly wide of the far post from 30 yards, and that's a cracking effort!
    • 43' Taddei comes up for a corner for Roma, and he heads narrowly wide as the cross comes in from De Rossi!
    • 41' It's getting very scrappy indeed now, and the weather really is not helping this match in any way.
    • 39' It really is sheeting it down now at Silvio Piola, and it is becoming increasingly futile for either side to attempt to pass the ball around.
    • 37' Greco slams a left-footed shot narrowly wide of the far post with Fontana at full stretch rather anxiously.
    • 35' Wow, the rain gets heavier and heavier, and this match is being dictated by the weather now!
    • 33' It continues to be a very scrappy encounter this, and neither side is able to get a foothold or exert any sustained pressure.
    • 31' Marianini trips De Rossi in full stride, and that could easily have been a booking too.
    • 29' Taddei wins a free kick out on the left flank, but it's all very slow going for Roma. The set piece is floated over by De Rossi, but Fontana can gather.
    • 27' Pjanic is booked for a late challenge on Porcari, and that was a nasty challenge from the forward.
    • 25' Marianini is again caught offside as the through ball from Morganella catches him off guard.
    • 23' De Rossi belts an uncontrolled shot over the crossbar, and that is poor from the midfielder with options either side of him.
    • 21' Rosi rampages down the right with menace, but he lashes a wild shot wide of the near post instead of crossing!
    • 19' Roma enjoy a good spell of possession as the visitors look to exert their authority on the encounter.
    • 17' Marianini ghosts in behind the Roma back four to meet Rigoni's free kick and head past Stekelenburg, but he is ruled offside in the process!
    • 15' Gemiti attempts a through ball into the path of Meggiorini, but the forward is ruled offside as he mistimes his run.
    • 13' Morimoto wins another free kick for his side, and the Roma defenders are giving him some pretty rough treatment with Taddei the latest to make his mark.
    • 11' Marco Cassetti is booked for a poorly timed challenge on Morimoto, and Novara have a chance to build from this set piece.
    • 9' Meggiorini handles on halfway, and the referee does well to spot that as he would have been away in space.
    • 7' Lamela unleashes a fierce strike from 25 yards which fizzes through the air but does not test Fontana, who gathers the ball comfortably.
    • 5' Navara finally settle as the hosts stroke the ball around in their own half, and Morimoto is at the centre of everything.
    • 3' Gago and De Rossi exchange early passes as the pair ensure that Novara cannot get an early foothold at the start of this first half.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Silvio Piola, and Roma enjoy a good spell of early possession in their own half.
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN! Novara: Fontana, Centurioni, Paci, Gemiti, Morganella, Porcari, Mazzarani, Rigoni, Marianini, Morimoto, Meggiorini. Subs: Pinardi, Giorgi, Pesce, Jeda, Radovanovic, Coser, Garcia. Roma: Stekelenburg, Cassetti, Burdisso, Taddei, Rosi, Gago, De Rossi, Greco, Lamela, Osvaldo, Pjanic. Subs: Heinze, Perrotta, Borriello, Curci, Simplicio, Krkic, Angel
    • - Attilio Tesser (Novara): "The Rome that I expect tomorrow will be a strong team, well placed in the field, with a very precise way of playing and delineated. The Rome team this year that impressed me most at the tactical level and quality of operation. It is also the first or second in the statistics of possession and shots on goal, has the important players and is a strong team."
    • - Luis Enrique (Roma): "I’ve never seen my team inferior to any of our opponents so far. Obviously if we don’t cut out errors and don’t improve our concentration then we’ll stay away from the top. However, I have seen this week that my players want to change this difficult situation which we find ourselves in. We have to win back the faith in ourselves and work harder because we haven’t done enough to win the games we wanted to."
    • - Novara will be boosted by the return of defender Massimo Paci, who has shaken off a muscle problem.
    • - Roma striker Fabio Borini could be out for a month after picking up a thigh strain in last Saturday's defeat by AC Milan.
    • - Welcome to LIVE text coverage of Roma's trip to Novara at the Stadio Silvio Piola.
  • Summary

    • 76' GOAL!!!!! OSVALDO MAKES IT TWO! Gago whips over a devilish delivery from a corner, and Osvaldo times his jump perfectly to power a header into the bottom left corner of the net!
    • 73' GOAL!!!!! BOJAN SCORES! The sub does it as Bojan flies into the box to meet an exquisite through ball from Pjanic, and he finishes coolly to give Roma the lead!
    • 66' What a save from Stekelenburg! Meggiorini streaks clear at pace and has just the goalkeeper to beat, but Stekelenburg makes himself big and pulls off a superb save!
    • 45' Gago curls an exquisite shot narrowly wide of the far post from 30 yards, and that's a cracking effort!
    • - THE TEAMS ARE IN! Novara: Fontana, Centurioni, Paci, Gemiti, Morganella, Porcari, Mazzarani, Rigoni, Marianini, Morimoto, Meggiorini. Subs: Pinardi, Giorgi, Pesce, Jeda, Radovanovic, Coser, Garcia. Roma: Stekelenburg, Cassetti, Burdisso, Taddei, Rosi, Gago, De Rossi, Greco, Lamela, Osvaldo, Pjanic. Subs: Heinze, Perrotta, Borriello, Curci, Simplicio, Krkic, Angel

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Novara

    Manager: Attilio Tesser

  • AS Roma

    Manager: Luis Enrique

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