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April 9, 2011
• Stadio Communale Friuli, Udine
Referee: A. Damato
• Attendance: 14000
A. Di Natale 87'
F. Totti 57', 90'+
90' + 5'
Dramatic ending of this game! Roma win courtesy of a brace by Francesco Totti! Antonio Di Natale scored for the Zebrette do draw the game level, but it was Roma who got the three points after Udinese had a goal disallowed. Stay with us for our post-match materials and do not forget to join us in midweek for our live coverage of the Champions League! Bye, for now!
90' + 4'
Assist J. Riise
90' + 4'
Goal Francesco Totti
90' + 4'
GOAL! Totti wins it for the Giallorossi! The striker was picked out by Riise outside the six-yard box and stabbed high to make it a triumphant night for the visitors.
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Kwadwo Asamoah
90' + 3'
RULED OUT! Udinese denied the winner! Kwadwo Asamoah allegedly handballed as he controlled a high ball, which was forced into the net by Armero.
90' + 1'
Roma are about to take a free-kick on the left. Riise is behind the ball ... Totti shoots ... blocked ... Pizarro shoots ... blocked. Udinese on the counter.
Can Roma fight back now? Certainly a heartbreaking goal for the Giallorossi who were just minutes away from the three points.
Yellow Card Antonio Di Natale
Assist Bernardo Corradi
Goal Antonio Di Natale
GOAL! DI NATALE SCORES! Dramatic equaliser by the captain! Corradi headed down in the path of Di Natale who smashed into the lower left corner from near the penalty spot to earn a point for his team!
Corradi is again protesting as Cassetti managed to clear the ball just ahead of the striker outside the six-yard box. This is getting annoying to watch.
Corradi in a discussion with the referee as he was supposedly held back by Nicolas Burdisso.
The piece of skill by De Rossi when he released Riise was simply stunning. I advise everyone to look at it again.
Great interception by Zapata! The defender managed to head the ball away just before Burdisso could head in from a cross by Riise on the left.
Doni almost gets himself in trouble as he waits way too much before diving to save a through-ball for Kwadwo Asamoah.
Di Natale sends a powerful shot after being picked out by Kwadwo Asamoah on the right. Doni, however, rises to the occasion and claims the ball in the centre of his goal.
Borriello just replaced the inefficient Vucinic, who really had an indifferent game.
Well, that was pretty odd from Burdisso. Corradi was pulled down by Burdisso as the two were preparing for a free-kick. The striker demands penalty, but the referee does not think so. Some officials might have pointed to the spot there.
Corradi comes on for Denis. The Argentinian did not have the best of game, and Guindolin will be hoping Corradi will have better luck.
Simone Perotta replaces Mateo Brighi for Roma. Corradi is preparing to enter for Udinese.
Abdi seems to have been brought down just outside Roma's box, but the referee refuses to point. He was, indeed, pulled from behind by Nicals Burdisso. The midfielder leaves the pitch after this and is replaced by Cuadrado.
Guidolin is scratching his head on Udinese's bench. He will have to come up with something, if he wants to win this game.
Taddei replaces Rosi for Roma. Can the Brazilian make things better for the Giallorossi?
Yellow Card Almen Abdi
Colombian Armero brings down Totti from behind with a cynical challenge. He might have received a yellow card here.
Great clearance by Domizzi! Off the line! Totti send a finish, who took a slight deflection, but lucky for Udinese the defender was there and made a vital interception.
TOTTI SCORES A PANENKA! Great penalty from the captain and Roma take the lead!
Assist David Pizarro
Penalty Goal Francesco Totti
PENALTY! Pizarro was tripped by Pinzi on the right side of the box and the referee points to the spot!
VUCINIC! The striker found himself on the end of a great diagonal cross from deep into Roma's half by Pizarro, but flashed his finish on the volley over the bar!
PINZI! Udinese caught Roma's defence sleeping and Pinzi is allowed a free shot from the right wing, but his strong low finish fizzled past the left post!
GREAT CLEARANCE BY ZAPATA! The defender managed to head the ball just before Vucinic could poke it past Handanovic.
Roma win a free-kick on the right. Totti is behind the ball ...
There were no substitutions for either team at half-time ... Rosi was bulldozed by no less than three players a moment ago and Roma win a free-kick on the right.
The second half begins...
45' + 1'
The referee blows his whistle for the end of the first half. Certainly an uneventful period, and we will be hoping this change after the break. Join us later for the second half.
Brighi runs into Domizzi and demands a foul, but none is given. Right decision by the referee.
Denis and Burdisso collide after the striker was blocked by the defender as he was trying to reach a long ball down the right wing.
Wonderful flick from Totti to Brighi and the midfielder in turn tries to release Vucinic down the left, but the ball deflects off Benatia and out for a corner on the left. This set-piece amounted to nothing.
The game has settled down in the last couple of seconds and it seems like the first half will finish goalless.
Zapata superbly wins the ball from Vucinic on the left wing. Cheers from the Zebrette faithful follow.
Yellow Card Juan
Juan is booked after a rough challenge on Denis on the right wing. A bit too harsh, if you ask me.
BENATIA ALMOST PUTS IT INTO HIS OWN NET! Totti took a free-kick on the left and whipped in a wonderful delivery which narrowly missed the head of De Rossi, but hit Benatia who has to thank Handanovic for a good save to spare him the embarrassment.
Roma have laid a siege on Udinese's goal and look determined to open the scoring before half-time.
Yellow Card Maurizio Domizzi
WONDERFUL SHOT! Abdi let it fly from 30 yards out and his powerful shot was initially fumbled by Doni, but the Brazilian managed to claim the ball on his second attempt.
Di Natale seems to have picked up a nasty injury after an awkward step and might need to be replaced.
Totti fouls Zapata in Udinese's box in a struggle for a high ball. The veteran has looked healthier than ever this season since Vincenzo Montella took over.
The game has become somewhat scrappy in the least minutes and neither team seems willing to go all out attack.
Yellow Card Marco Cassetti
Cassetti get himself booked after a spat with Abdi in the centre of the pitch. The defender brought him down and then they exchanged some words and had to be torn apart.
Roma now with a corner on the left ... Totti takes it and the ball floats all the way across Udinese's defence and reaches Cassetti, who after a few dribbles loses it.
Very bad delivery from the midfielder as Cristian Zapata collects on the left wing and sets his team on the counter.
Isla with an unexpected clearance from a harmless ball by Brighi on the left side of the box. Pizarro is about to take the corner on the left.
Denis sends his header over the bar. Great chance for Udinese here.
The ball is deflected for a corner on the left ...
Asamoah is brought down by Brighi 30 yards from goal. Di Natale is about to take the free-kick.
Cassetti almost scores a spectacular own goal as he tried to clear a magnificent cross from Isla for Di Natale, but sent the ball right into the hands of Doni.
ASAMOAH! The midfielder was picked out with a delightful cross from the right wing and went for a spectacular header, but Juan blocked his finish.
The visitors will have to do without the services of Mexes, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Cassetti tries to release Rosi down the right, but his pass is overhit and goes out for a goalkick.
ZAPATA! The defender was at the right place at the right time to try to volley an inadequate clearance by Doni, but his finish was poor and the chance went begging.
Denis with the first shot of the game, but he is flagged for offside. The ex-Napoli man has not been at his best this season.
The first half begins ...
Doni; Cassetti, Burdisso, Juan, Riise; De Rossi, Brighi, Pizarro, Rosi, Vucinic; Francesco Totti.
Udinese: Handanovic; Domizzi, Zapata, Benatia; Armero, Asamoah, Pinzi, Abdi; Isla, Denis, Di Natale.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of tonight's game between Udinese and Roma. Both team will be looking for the three point in the race for European places, so this is going to be an interesting game! My name is Vasil Kotsev and I will be keeping you company for the next two hours or so.
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