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  • May 1, 2012
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 11000
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Chievo 0-0 Roma: Downpour sees uninspiring contest end in stalemate

Chievo 0-0 Roma: Downpour sees uninspiring contest end in stalemate

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A bleak day for Luis Enrique and his men, who saw their aspirations of European football next season virtually extinguished in the Verona rain.

Roma's hopes of European football next season were all but ended after a 0-0 draw against Chievo at a rain-soaked Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

More pressure will surely be heaped on Luis Enrique after another disappointing result, but the outcome of this match was never fully under his control thanks to the atrocious conditions on hand.

Heavy rainfall meant that this game never really got off the ground, with play descending into something of a farce on more than a few instances.

Chievo though, was quicker to acclimatize to the weather and looked the more likely side to win the match.

Now, with only two matches to go in the Serie A season, the Giallorossi remain in seventh place, three points behind the four teams deadlocked on 55, who have all played one game less.

There were suspicions of the fixture being called off even before kickoff with parts of Verona in the midst of a torrential downpour.

Indeed, the opening exchanges gave credence to such pre-match reservations, with rain continuing to fall heavily, leaving the playing surface at Marc'Antonio Bentegodi absolutely soaked.

Passes traveled only a few yards before stopping and players saw their motion – with or without the ball - halted by puddles as the match failed to kick into gear.

Chievo appeared to be coping with the conditions better than Roma though, and was able to string together a few brief periods of possession on the waterlogged pitch.

Still, the first hint of an opening fell the way of the visitors after 22 minutes, as Marquinho was blocked by Perparim Hetemaj following a corner.

Chievo responded through Alberto Paloschi, who was incorrectly called for offside after sprinting clear, but the on-loan Milan forward wasted the chance anyway by digging his finish into the turf.

Players continued to splash around in an attempt to establish a foothold in the game, as goalmouth action remained elusive.

The only real opening of the first half came a few minutes before the break, courtesy of the home side, which continued to appear the stronger side. Paloschi released Hetemaj through on goal with a lifted pass, but Gianluca Curci was quick off his line to make a crucial save from the Finland international.

Referee Luca Banti decided to continue the match for the second half despite the rain showing no signs of letting up.

Chievo picked up where it had left off before the interval, and had the ball in the back of the net on 56 minutes through Luca Rigoni, but the goal was chalked off thanks to an offside call on Sergio Pellissier.

Roma then had its first genuine sight on goal a minute later as Fernando Gago slipped in Fabio Borini, but the Parma loanee smashed his finish into the side netting.

Chievo began to pepper the Roma goal from distance as the second half wore on, no doubt hoping that the conditions would do the team a favor in disrupting Curci’s handling.

First, Michael Bradley forced a smart stop from the Giallorossi keeper with a stinging effort following a driving run from midfield, before Hetemaj saw a curler from the edge of the box flash inches wide of the far post.

A late glimpse of goal for Pellissier almost sealed the points on the stroke of injury time, but the Chievo skipper snatched at the chance, and fired over the bar from a great position inside the box.

No breakthrough was forthcoming for either side as the match finished goalless, a result that, after the terrible weather, had been a foregone conclusion for a while.

Roma’s season is now out of its hands, as the club has played a game more than all its rivals for third place. Chievo remains in 12th place, and continues its progress towards an inevitable mid-table finish.


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