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Jay Scardina On August - 30 - 2010

Serie A Match Review: AS Roma vs Cesena, 0-0

Roma started their season Saturday against Cesena, wanting to send a strong message they are contenders for the Scudetto this season. However, it looked like there were some early season kinks that need to be worked out. With the Super Coppa behind them, they can focus on the season now. Here was the starting lineup Goalkeeper- Julio Sergio; Defenders- Casetti, Mexes, Juan, Riise; Midfield- Perrotta, Pizarro, De Rossi; Forwards - Menez, Totti, and Vucinic.

Roma started off on the attack with Menez, showing how much he has grown in the past couple of years, taking an early strike at the goal in the first 2 minutes of the game. Vucinic had an early header go wide, but it was clear that Roma was going for the early lead. Roma was caught off guard a couple of times after some of their corner kicks went bad, and Cesena went on the counter attack. Cesena’s Nagatomo took advantage of a counter attack and nearly scored. There was also an early Cesena corner that looked goal bound. Roma tried keeping possession as one strategy and it seemed to work as Menez, Totti, and Perrotta combined some great passing work to get the ball into the penalty box. I was a little dissapointed with some of passing by Roma, hopefully it was just some early season jitters that that were showing. At the first half it was 0-0

Roma came into the second half determined to score. They tested the Cesena defense and their keeper, Antonioli. Early in the second half Menez fired a shot on goal after a corner kick, but Antonioli saved it. Taddei came on for Menez and immediately made his mark on the game, by moving the ball into Cesena’s territory. He made a beautiful cross across the goal and Vucinic took the shot, and was again blocked by Antonioli. Okaka then came on for Perrotta, and made a great run, and passed it to Vucinic, who seemed to take a little too much time on the ball and missed his chance. Roma pushed forward all the way into the final minute of play, with Brighi taking a shot, but it was not enough. A goalless draw was the outcome. In the end I am glad that they did not lose their first game, and overall they played very well. I would have liked to see some goals though. Antonioli, a former Roma keeper, must be given credit for his efforts. Roma would have scored at least 2 goals in this game against any other keeper. Roma looked a bit frustrated in the final minutes and picked up a few yellow cards. Discipline is key in the Champions League, and I don’t want to see big players left out of games for picking up cards. Sometimes the first games of the season go this way, but there is some good news for Roma, a deal was reached with Niocolas Burdisso and he will be coming back to the capitol. This is great news for Roma’s defense, and I can’t wait to see him back on the pitch. In some other news Adriano will be out for about a month with an injury. Next week Cagliari.

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  1. [...] a home tie against newly promoted Cesena was three guaranteed points… they would be wrong. As Jay Scardina wrote after the game, Cesena had Francesco Antonioli to thank for a series of wonderful saves that kept the Cavallucci [...]

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