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Serie A

  • 4 December 2010
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 11447

Chievo 2-2 Roma: Danielle De Rossi sent off as visitors squander two-goal lead

Chievo 2-2 Roma: Danielle De Rossi sent off as visitors squander two-goal lead

Roma fell apart after the interval

A Fabio Simplicio brace put Roma two goals ahead before Claudio Ranieri's men collapsed and allowed Davide Moscardelli and Pablo Granoche gain a point for Chievo.

The visitors also finished the match with ten men as Danielle De Rossi was sent off just after Chievo scored their second.

The match started a few minutes late as referee Nicola Rizzoli had one last look at the pitch on a freezing night in Verona, but he decided the surface was good enough and the game went ahead.

It started off as a very scrappy affair with both teams struggling to cope with an extremely poor playing surface. But it was Roma who had the first chance, it came from a free kick just outside the penalty area but Adriano set the shot just wide.

As the half wore on, both sides elected to play the long-ball game, and not long after this switch in tactics, Roma took the lead through Simplicio.

After the ball looked as if it would be cleared by Luca Rigoni, Simplicio flicked it over the midfielder's head and turned to finish into the far corner. The Brazilian showed good strength and excellent ingenuity to put his team in front.

Cheivo tried to increase the tempo but found the playing surface a difficult obstacle to overcome, and that coupled with Sergio Pellissier's inability to stay onside meant Julio Sergio had little to do in the Roma goal.

Then just before half-time, Simplicio made it two. Marco Cassetti played in a low cross and the midfielder found himself in front of Andreolli, which allowed him to get a touch on the ball and his effort looped over Stefano Sorrenttino and in of the far post.

Gelson Fernandes did have a great chance just before the break but he put a free header over the bar from six yards.

Comeback | Granoche secures Chievo's revival

Following the half-time break Chievo came out with more purpose and looked to have a go at Roma from the off and were rewarded.

Moscardelli hit a speculative shot from outside the area and unbelievably it went flying into the back of the net. It looked as if Julio Sergio would make a routine save but he went to ground far too early and the ball bounced into the net.

Spurred on by the goal, the home team went searching for an equaliser by pumping balls into the box hoping for some good fortune.

Nicolas Frey played an excellent ball in to the penalty area for Grancoche but Julio Sergio made a fantastic sliding save to deny the substitute. However, not long after Granoche did find the back of the net.

After running onto a Mariano Bogliacino pass, the substitute poked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to bring Chievo level with five minutes left and it went from bad to worse for Roma as Danielle De Rossi was sent off for a reckless challenge.

It was almost complete disaster for Roma as Philippe Mexes made a goal-line clearance in the final moments of the game.

The result means Roma stay in seventh while Chievo move up one spot to ninth, but both teams could slide down the table after the full card of fixtures are completed.

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