Hetemaj 13, Caracciolo (pen) 65
Roma travelled to the Stadio Mario Rigamonti without Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi. Therefore Simone Perrotta took over captaincy duties in this tricky week 4 away encounter against a Brescia side who have recorded two wins in as many games. Roma have only taken maximum points in two of their last ten visits to the province of Lombardy in northern Italy.
A promising opening for i Lupi was administered via a long-range Marco Borriello shot which was well saved by ex-Ipswich goalkeeper Matteo Sereni. Despite a bright start from the away side, Brescia took the lead through a well-worked counter attack which started from Jeremy Menez missing a glorious chance at the other end, after an excellent bursting run into the box. Sereni found Nicolas Cordova as he slipped a pass into Andrea Caracciolo’s feet. His deft turn and accurate cross ensured the ball was dispatched by summer signing, Perparim Hetemaj.
A worrying sign for Claudio Ranieri was the lack of discipline his side were showing. Marco Cassetti, Philippe Mexes and Aleandro Rosi were all booked inside the first 20 minutes, with the latter lucky to stay on the field after a two -footed challenge on Simone Dallamano. Roma went on to create three decent chances at the end of the first half but a combination of an inaccurate final ball and solid defending were to prevent Roma from finding an equaliser.
After the break, the Giallorossi saw the long-awaited return of Adriano to Italian football since his ill-fated departure from Inter. The Brazilian, who spent last season on loan at Flamengo, nearly made a difference straight away, although he blasted over after deceiving Francesco Bega. Another sub, Julio Baptista also went close early in the second half, with a header at the near post from a David Pizarro corner. Roma were starting to open up the Brescia defence with considerable ease until another breakaway from Biancoazzurri resulted in Mexes bringing down Eder on what looked like the 18-yard line. The referee disagreed and a penalty was awarded as Mexes got his marching orders. Carracciolo scored despite Julio Sergio getting a hand to his powerful penalty. Brescia’s game plan of hitting Roma on the counter was working perfectly.
It was nearly 3-0 when Cordova came close to fooling Julio Sergio again, with a dipping free kick. However, it was Roma who pulled themselves back into the game with Borriello’s precise effort, after Brescia failed to clear their lines.The Giallorossi felt they could salvage a draw by dominating possession throughout and – indeed – one chance was to fall their way during the last ten minutes of play. An excellent guided cross by full-back Cassetti picked out Adriano, whose header was superbly saved by man-of-the-match Sereni. Although Roma dominated the pace of the game, they were out-thought by Guiseppe Iachini’s players who were more tactically aware of the task at hand. Roma’s injury list may well be extended as Julio Sergio clashed with substitute Sebastian De Maio, not to mention the loss of Mexes in upcoming fixtures. To make matters worse, the prospect of Inter visiting the Olimpico on Saturday night renders the future rather bleak for the capital club. Will Roma turn around their season in round 5? Only time will tell.
27 Julio Sergio
87 Rosi – 4 Juan – 5 Mexes – 77 Cassetti
20 Perrotta – 16 Brighi – 7 Pizarro – 94 Menez – 9 Vucinic
– 22 Borriello –
32 – 2 Cicinho on for 87 Rosi
46 – 8 Adriano on for 94 Menez
62 – 19 Julio Baptista on for 9 Vucinic