Saturday January 19, 2013 Day 21 Stadio Olimpico

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  1. Serie A - Inter hold Roma at Olimpico

    Serie A - Inter hold Roma at Olimpico

    Roma dropped to seventh in Serie A as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a stubborn Internazionale side at Stadio Olimpico. More

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    • F-T Nerazzurri boss Andrea Stramaccioni high-fiving his players as they come off the field. He will certainly be the happier of the two managers.
    • F-T Roma will wonder how on earth they did not take all three points here. Aside from the dangerous Livaja, Palacio and Guarin, Inter were well and truly outplayed throughout this encounter. They will certainly take a draw.
    • F-T No, they are safe, as Daniele Orsato blows the whistle to call time on proceedings. Roma fans sound unhappy and let out a collective moan - the players don't look too thrilled either. It's finished 1-1 here.
    • 93' Lamela’s delivery is good and for a moment is looks like Osvaldo might get on the end of it, but Rocchi gets his laces through it and Inter are safe, for now. Roma still have possession.
    • 92' Roma have a late free-kick on the right-hand side and Lamela is standing over it.
    • 91' Three minutes of stoppage time, by the way.
    • 91' Inter have a free-kick on the left but Guarin overhits his effort. There were plenty of Inter players forward and they all looked rather disappointed with that delivery.
    • 90' We just saw a close-up of a rather bemused Totti on the bench. He must wonder how Roma are staring a draw in the face here.
    • 89' Rocchi gets a yellow after catching Perotta.
    • 89' Palacio ventures into the Roma half and finds Guarin in the centre, but he fires wide from 35 yards.
    • 88' We’re all set for a grandstand finish here. Roma will wonder how they aren’t comfortably clear – they’ve been quite wasteful in this second period, especially.
    • 87' Inter enjoying a spell of possession but, after a poor cross, Goicoechea smothers the loose ball and Roma have it once again.
    • 86' Perotta tries to start something but the veteran midfielder can't quite control the ball properley and the ball gets away from him in the middle of the park.
    • 85' Inter enjoy a rare foray into Roma's half but Gargano overhits his pass and the home side have possession once again.
    • 84' Inter living dangerously now, they'll be happy to hear the final whistle. Bradley has a wild shot deflected in the area and it nearly falls to a Roma team-mate but it is hoofed clear by the ever-present Zanetti.
    • 83' FINE SAVE HANDANOVIC! Lamela once again causing all sorts of problems. He cuts inside, onto his favoured left foot, and fires low but the lofty Slovenian somehow gets down to push the ball wide.
    • 82' Superb spell of pressure from Roma but they still haven't managed to find that breakthrough. Zanetti clears a cross once again as Inter continue their stubborn resistance.
    • 81' The much-maligned Mattia Destro comes on for Giallorossi captain Totti.
    • 80' INCHES WIDE FOR ROMA! Fantastic opportunity, and once again it's Piris who misses the target. A Balzaretti cross bounces through the danger area and falls perfectly for the Paraguayan who curls it narrowly over the bar.
    • 78' CHANCE FOR ROMA! The home side have really been kicked into life. A perfectly weighted ball from Bradley finds Piris and, instead of playing it across goal, he goes for glory and fires wide. A wasted chance, that.
    • 77' CHANCE FOR ROMA! A good ball into the middle is headered across goal by the powerful Osvaldo but Lamela is just unable to get his foot on it.
    • 75' Juan Jesus gets a booking for a clusmy challenge. Confusion around the stadium as most - including me - were unsure whether he'd already been booked. He hasn't apparently, and it's just a yellow.
    • 74' BIG CHANGE FOR INTER! Superb tackle from Castan. Roma’s defence was cut open with a killer through ball and Palacio had the goal at his mercy, but the centre-back got across to block it.
    • 73' Boos echo around Stadio Olimpico as former Lazio man Tommaso Rocchi replaces the influential Livaja.
    • 72' He might not have been mentioned much in this stream but 39-year-old Zanetti has put in a sublime shift for Inter tonight. He’s probably covered more ground than any other player.
    • 71' Guarin drifts a corner into the area but it is headed clear from a crowded centre area.
    • 70' CHANCE FOR INTER! Lamela hits the side-netting after cutting in off the left wing. He’s looked dangerous all evening for Inter Milan.
    • 69' The tempo has died down a little bit here but Inter arguably look the more likely to fashion a chance in the last 20 minutes.
    • 68' Florenzi is coming off and Roma veteran Simone Perotta replaces him.
    • 67' Lamela gets forward and cuts the ball back to Tachtsidis on the edge of the area but the Greek fluffs his shot. Clever play from Lamela.
    • 66' Roma can still hurt Inter when they are in full swing- and they demonstrated that again. Totti with a testing cross which is only just cleared by Chivu - Osvaldo was once again dangerously placed.
    • 65' Livaja is causing Roma all sorts of problems and once again he nearly finds Palacio with a ball forward – but the young striker just can’t bring it down with his chest properly and Roma clear their lines.
    • 63' Chivu booked, and that's all of Inter's back three in the referees book now.
    • 63' Balzaretti still a threat for Roma. The wing-back is given space on the edge of the area and a testing cross is just about dealt with by the Inter backline. Osvaldo was ready and waiting to bury that one.
    • 61' The ineffective Nagatomo was replaced by Obi five minutes ago - in all the end to end drama I must have missed it.
    • 61' Very nearly another opening for Inter's Palacio but Guarin overhits a pass straight to Goicoechea.
    • 60' Guarin given space inside Roma's half but he fires high and wide - a wasted chance, but Inter coming into this game more and more with each passing attack.
    • 59' Another poor ball from Tachtsidis gives Inter possession again - he's not had the best of starts to this match since coming on.
    • 58' Guarin hits a long ball forward for Palacio and Inter look to make something of it – but Roma force them back to their own half-way line. Another hopeful Inter ball forward for Palacio but he has strayed offside.
    • 57' Yellow card for Guarin for catching Lamela late. Not malicious but a good decision.
    • 56' A poor ball from Tachtsidis gives Inter possession. Pereira plays a dangerous ball into the area and Livaja goes for the spectacular, but his back heel fails to find target.
    • 55' This is a really open, stretched game now and this is poised to be a fascinating half of football.
    • 54' Piris looks to put Bradley through but Juan is there to block the pass.
    • 53' Half-chance for Roma, Ivan Piris cuts inside and strikes from distance – straight at Handanovic. He must have been watching Paul Pogba yesterday...
    • 51' CHANCE FOR ROMA! Osvaldo should have done much better. Super ball through the Inter defence from Totti, but the youngser’s first touch is far too heavy when he was through one-on-one with Handanovic.
    • 50' Pereira is the first Inter player in the book for a poorly timed challenge on Marquinhos.
    • 49' The booked De Rossi came off for Greek midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis at half-time for Roma.
    • 48' Guarin tries to find an opening in Roma’s defence but his control is clumsy and the home side clear their lines. Positive start from the Nerazzurri.
    • 47' Inter look like they’ve come out to pick up where they left off. Several long balls forward early, but all are cleared easily by Roma.
    • 46' And we're underway for the second half.
    • HT And it’s the last action of the half – Roma will wonder how on earth they aren’t home and dry after dominating the majority of that half. How important will that late goal be for Inter?
    • 45' Roma looked a little brittle there and it showed. It looks like the ball may have hit Gargano’s arm before he put it across goal but the goal stands – Roma aren’t happy about it.
    • 45' GOAL FOR INTER! Palacio is the man who turns it in after a ball across by Gargano. - static Roma defending and, somehow, Inter are level after being second best for much of the opening period.
    • 44' Guarin breaks free down the right but his cross doesn't beat the first man. Roma look to be getting slightly on edge here and Inter are pressing for a goal before the break.
    • 43' Yellow card for De Rossi nowas he hauls Gargano down just inside the Roma half when Inter looked to be making a break. Good decision.
    • 41' Yellow card for Osvaldo for a rather overzealous challenge on the left wing.
    • 41' Deep ball from the resulting Guarin free-kick causes chaos in the Roma box but it is hacked clear, eventually, by a Roma defender.
    • 40' Five minutes to go until half-time and Livaja has won a free-kick for Inter on the right wing.
    • 39' Wayward pass from Totti again - he was looking for Lamela but it is overhit.
    • 38' Juan Jesus flicks a header across goal from a Pereira corner but there is no Inter player there to turn it in.
    • 37' CHANCE FOR ROMA! This game has really livened up. It’s the dangerman Osvaldo, given space inside the area, but he fires a low shot just wide of the post.
    • 36' WOODWORK! Inter are unlucky not to be on level terms. Marko Livaja turning and firing at goal, it beats Goicechea but it bounces off the post and to safety.
    • 34' CHANCE FOR INTER! An immediate response – Guarin firing from 35 yards out but he can’t quite keep his shot down.
    • 33' CHANCE FOR ROMA! Lamela nearly makes it two. A neat move from Roma ends up at the feet of the wide man, but he curls wide from just inside the box
    • 32' Ranocchia curls a delivery into the area and Goicoechea can only flap at it, he’s nudged that out for a corner. Pereira’s delivery is headed clear
    • 31' Daniele De Rossi has six goals against Inter in his career but he will need to show more composure if he's going to add to that - blazing over from 35 yards after finding some space.
    • 31' Good ball forward from Chivu hoping to find Guarin but it is deflected out for a corner. Inter take it quickly and it comes to nothing.
    • 30' Pereira floats a cross into Roma’s area but it is headed clear.
    • 29' Eventually Roma are going to make one of these count. Balzaretti once again in achres of space on the left and his cross is just to high for Osvaldo. Definitely where the second goal is going to come from.
    • 28' Juan Jesus with a interception for Inter – Bradley and Lamela were linking up inside Inter's half and looking for Osvaldo., but the Brazilian is on hand to clear the ball.
    • 27' Balzaretti deflects a Palacio pass out for a corner and this is a big opportunity for Inter, but Goicoechea smothers the ball at the second attempt.
    • 25' Alessandro Florenzi has a half-chance to double Roma’s lead, but the 21-year-old flashes an effort wide of the post from just outside the area. End to end stuff now.
    • 24' Very nearly a chance for Palacios but Marquinhos makes a last-ditch tackle just inside the area. Vital tackle from the centre-back. Inter at least look like they are going to make a game of this now.
    • 23' Lamela has picked himself up a booking for a clumsy challenge on Cristian Chivu - he'll miss the next match for that.
    • 22' Inter look like they’ve been stung into that penalty, at least. A long Palacio ball forward can’t quite find it’s intended target .
    • 21' GOAL! Totti sends Handanovic the wrong way with a powerful penalty driven into the top left-hand corner. Seemed to be little contact for Bradley to go down but Roma won't mind - after all their early pressure they are ahead.
    • 20' PENALTY! Bradley and Osvaldo mix up in the area and one of them has gone down under Ranocchia’s challenge.
    • 18' Javier Zanetti and Guarin linking up well in the middle but Inter can’t get the ball into the box.
    • 17' A hopeful ball forward from Inter’s half headed away by Balzaretti but falls straight to Guarin, but his shot deflects off a Roma body and out for a throw-in.
    • 15' And this time is Federico Balzaretti searching for the Osvaldo – and he nearly finds him. Testing ball into the centre and once again it’s hacked away by a defender.
    • 14' A low ball into the centre from Totti is hacked away by a blue and black shirt as Roma continue to turn the screws.
    • 12' Michael Bradley is already demonstrating his class for Roma here. With Miralem Pjanic missing out the USA international will be important in the supply for Osvaldo.
    • 11' Inter working the ball down the right but they don’t seem to have any impetus going forward, the attack is easily broken down by the home side.
    • 10' Osvaldo has the ball in the net but he’s offside by a fraction – big let off for Inter, they were split apart by a superb ball from the middle and this game already looks like Roma’s for the taking.
    • 8' First real chance for Inter but it is hit straight into the arms of Mauro Goiceochea.
    • 7' At this rate it is going to be a very, very long night for Inter Milan. Roma looking confident in possession.
    • 6' CHANCE: It’s Totti again, and he should have hit the target. A half-cleared ball falls between the Roma captain and Lamela on the edge of the area and he swipes at it. It’s a wayward shot and Lamela, quite understandably, looked rather upset with the World Cup-winning Italian there.
    • 5' ROMA CHANCE! Osvaldo very nearly tees up Totti after some good work down the left, who cut inside beautifully but his curling shot fails to trouble Samir Handanovic. Roma could be two up here.
    • 3' Erik Lamela very nearly fives Roma a perfect start. Freed down the left, his curling ball is just inches away from the stretching Osvaldo.
    • 2' Inter playing the ball around at the back early on. A slow tempo would certainly suit Inter given the youth at Roma’s disposal.
    • 1' And we are off, Roma kicking off and will be attacking left-to-right.
    • 19.42 The teams are out on the field and we will be kicking off shortly. We can expect goals tonight - neither side has has failed to score in a game this season.
    • 19.40 Front three Totti, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, and Erik Lamela were all rested for Roma’s Coppa Italia semi-final victory over Fiorentina on Wednesday. Expect them to cause Inter’s defence all sorts of problems tonight.
    • 19.35 Inter are without both top-scorer Diego Milito and Antonio Cassano. Youngster Rodrigo Palacio to occupy the spot up front. If only Inter had a world-class Dutch talisman somewhere in their squad....
    • 19.30 Argentine Esteban Cambiasso failed a late fitness test and will not start for Inter Milan, while Roma captain Francesco Totti passed one of his own and will start on the left for Zdenek Zeman’s side.
    • 19.30 Teams: AS ROMA: Goicoechea, Balzaretti, Castan, Marquinhos, Piris, De Rossi, Florenzi, Bradley, Totti, Lamela, Osvaldo Subs: Lobont, Perrotta, Taddei, Marquinho, Burdisso, Tachtsidis, Dodo, Destro..... INTER MILAN: Handanovic, Juan, Chivu, Ranocchia, Zanetti, Gargano, Nagatomo, Guarin, Pereira, Livaja, Palacio...... Subs: Rocchi, Mudingayi, Silvestre, Mariga, Jonathan, Cambiasso, Belec, Obi, Benassi, Bessa, Di Gennaro
    • 19.25 A win for Roma, meanwhile, will see them jump above AC MIlan back into sixth place.
    • 19.20 It’s a big evening for fourth-placed Inter Milan, who know they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to keep pace with league-leaders Juventus – whom they trail by ten points after the Bianconeri’s 4-0 win over Udinese yesterday.
    • 19.15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of this Serie A fixture between AS Roma and Inter Milan at Stadio Olimpico.

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  1. Daniele Orsato must have won the man of the match award­ for Roma. An outstanding performance his parent club­ will be pleased with too.

    From Troy, on Sun 20 Jan 21:42
  2. Guarin with that incredible assist.Not Gargano.

    From Mr.EvoLuTioN, on Sun 20 Jan 20:42
  3. correction: guarin made the run not gargano

    From Jordan, on Sun 20 Jan 20:36
  4. According to i gobbi Daniele Orsato will be playing­ the full match for Roma this evening. He's already­ played a fantastic role in their first goal!

    From Troy, on Sun 20 Jan 20:27
  5. "Youngster Rodrigo Palacio"... he's 30­ years old

    From nBz., on Sun 20 Jan 19:55
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