Roma 0-0 Atletico Madrid: match report
AS Roma clung on a for a 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid in their opening Champions League group-stage game thanks to a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Alisson on Tuesday.
The Serie A side were also indebted to a superb goal-line clearance by Kostas Manolas from Koke, immediately followed by another Alisson save, in the first half of the Group C game.
The Serie A side have a dismal recent record in the Champions League and Tuesday's result extended their winless run in the competition, including qualifying matches, to seven games.
Alisson saved his best for stoppage time when he dived low to his left to block Saul Iniguez's downward header and the Atletico player then fired the rebound over from point-blank range.
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90'+3' Game over in Rome. Atletico will feel unlucky not to have won it but didn't really do enough over the 90 minutes to earn it either.
90'+2' Saul heads the corner down and it falls perfect for him but he hits the post. That is the miss of the season after just a couple of weeks of action! What a chance.
90'+1' Carrasco breaks clear and his shot if deflected out for a corner. One last chance for Atletico.
89' El Shaarawy replaces Dzeko.
88' A couple of nervy seconds for Roma as Gaitan nearly steals in at the back post. Roma survive.
88' Corner Atletico as Saul's shot is headed out over the goalline.
87' Perotti hits the ground again under a tackle from Juanfran. No penalty.
85' Juanfran takes Kolarov down in the penalty area. Referee says no. That was a very, very close call. He seems to obstruct the defender as he goes past him.
83' Correa with an effort but again foiled by Alisson. Carrasco chases it down but can't do anything with the rebound.
81' Naingoolan on the bench with a bandage with ice around his thigh.
81' Lorenzo Pellegrini replaces Nainggolan.
77' Griezmann replaced by Gaitan as Simeone throws one last roll of the dice.
77' Perotti goes down under a challenge from Juanfran in the penalty area. Looks like it could have been given but ref says no.
76' Thomas appears to get fouled in the penalty area but referee doesn't give a free. Dzeko strikes but Atletico clear the danger.
75' Another long ball to Griezmann fails.
73' Atletico seem to be running out of ideas. They were clearly on top but couldn't manage to find a goal.
71' Perotti picks himself up a booking as he takes Filipe Luis down. First booking of the game.
70' Another corner for Atletico.
69' Carrasco with an effort that forces another save from Alisson. Corner to Atletico.
68' Fazio replaces Defrel. A defensive switch by Eusebio Di Francesco
67' Carrasco on the break. He manages to beat the offside but he is too far out to the left. He brings it back and tries to build an attack but nothing much on. Atletico improving and Roma struggling in the last 10.
65' Another corner. Atletico blown for a foul.
64' Atletico with a corner. Filipe Luis heads it back towards goal from the front post.
64' Griezmann pokes one towards Correa and the substitute does really well to create a chance for himself. Alisson saves.
63' Partey with another effort but he blazes this one over too.
62' Carrasco replaces Gabi. Simeone trying to force the issue now.
61' Correa turned upside down by Nainggolan. Free for Atletico.
59' Juanfran cross and a neat stepover from Correa. Saul strikes and Alisson saves. Straight into his chest.
58' Vietto is replaced by Angel Correa.
57' Thomas Partey with a strike. That one goes well over.
56' Vietto with the chance of the game so far. He tries to scoop the ball over Alisson but the keeper gets a shoulder to it and turns it over the bar.
53' Dzeko rises highest but his header goes over the bar.
53' Corner for Roma.
51' 51 minutes in and this game has failed to find any momentum. Neither side really pushing for a goal, strangely.
48' Nainggolan with a cross that goes out for a throw.
47' Partey spreads it out wide to Juanfran and his cross is too high.
46' We are back underway!
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45' Not as much as a second of added time. We have reached the break at the Stadio Olimpico.
44' Chance for Roma but Defrel can't get it out from under his feet and when he does manage to, he fouls Koke.
43' Hard to tell who's on top here. Very even game but Atletico trying to assert themselves more on it in the last few minutes. Roma looking dangerous too.
41' Vietto races clear and he pulls it back. Filipe Luis launches a shot towards goal but it's always rising.
40' Partey plays Griezmann through but he's a mile offside.
38' Atletico concede another corner. Oblak grabs it and De Rossi crashes into him. Nothing malicious about it and play continues.
37' Dzeko misses a sitter. He looked like he was offside but linesman's flag stays down and his left-footer sails wide.
36' Griezmann strikes but it's straight at the wall.
35' Free for Atletico in a very promising position. Saul pulled down just outside the box.
33' Straight up the other end and Atletico have the best chance of the game. Koke rejected and the ball comes back across goal but Griezmann can't turn it towards goal. The game has opened up in the last few minutes.
32' World class save by Oblak to deny Nainggolan
31' Gabi has a clip at Perotti. Free for Roma just outside the penalty area and slightly to the left.
30' Perotti from downtown. He has an effort but he drives it over the bar.
28' Nainggolan makes his way down the right and is fouled by Filipe Luis. Free to Roma with a chance to swing one in from the wing..
26' Just as I type that, Griezmann has a crack. It flies just wide of Alisson's post.
26' Juanfran with a cross but Atletico really lacking any real threat up front.
25' Dzeko gets a head to it and heads it wide.
23' Kolarov wins a corner for Roma.
22' Godin hauled down by Defrel as the defender makes his way out of defense.
21' Still nothing doing for either side.
18' Defrel with another chance off his left. Goes just wide but he has Oblak thinking about that one.
17' Gabi clears for a corner.
16' Vietto has a try at goal after Roma cough it up quite easily. Straight into Alisson's hands.
14' Roma have barely threatened Atletico. They have had the lion's share of possession but no real chances as of yet.
11' Nice move by Atletico. Griezmann plays it out wide to Filipe Luis and he wins a throw.
9' Defrel has a try with his left foot but Oblak watches as it sails wide.
8' Saul with a lovely through ball to Koke in the penalty area. He loses out with no support. Good intentions from Atletico.
6' De Rossi takes it down and calms things for Roma. A little bit of a frantic start for them.
5' Filipe Luis throw to Koke and he has a strike at goal. A tame effort.
4' Strootman fouls Partey now. Another chance for Atletico to build on.
3' Saul shaves the post with a shot. So, so close! He knows it too as he buries his head in his hands.
3' Roma counter but Atletico snuff them out and start their own counter.
2' Thomas fouled by Dzeko.
1' We are underway!
Gabi and De Rossi up for the coin toss. Atletico playing from left to right, it seems.
The Champions League anthem belts out at the Stadio Olimpico
Dzeko looking sprightly in the tunnel.
Teams heading out of the tunnel! Getting close to our first Champions League action of the season...
Atletico left it late to head to the stadium and they had to make a dash through Rome to make it on time.
The only team to play more games in the last four Champions Leagues than Atletico is Real Madrid. Atleti have played 48 and Real Madrid 51.
Diego Simeone, as a player, faced Roma 12 times. He won six of them, drew two and lost four.
Atletico have only lost three of their last 24 Champions League group games. The Simeone effect.
Roma XI: Alisson; Bruno Peres, Manolas, Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman; Defrel, Dzeko, Perotti
The big debate heading into the game was whether Vietto or Correa would be dropped for Griezmann. A massive sign that vietto is working his way back into Simeone's plans.
Atletico starting XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Saul, Thomas, Gabi, Koke, Griezmann, Vietto.
Team news is rolling in..
Monchi says that Atletico are the toughtest team to be playing, ""We are confident going into the competition and we will try to advance as far as we can. Atletico Madrid is one of the worst opponents to face, at the same level as Real. Above all, if we really want to move ahead we will face the best teams. Griezmann is a danger, he is one of the world's best players. From Atletico I would take each and every player, Griezmann who I mentioned, then Koke, Saul, Godin, Carrasco. The team is the best at translating the coach's instructions into the game. Chelsea are tremendously complicated, but Atletico for experience and consistency is very hard. And Cholo doesn't love the pressure of being favorites. They are an example for me after leaving a complicated situation, I hope to be able to reach the goals they have."
Simeone seems to be going all out for the Champions League this year. He rested a bunch of players on Saturday against Valencia. Godin, Gimenez and others will be fresh tonight in Italy.
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Hello and welcome to our build-up and coverage from the Stadio Olimpico as the Champions League group stage returns. Kick-off in the Italian capital is at 20.45 CEST and we'll be keeping you a breast of all the news pre kick-off.
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It's back.... The Champions League group stage for the 2017/18 season kicks off again tonight and what a clash to start off proceedings as AS Roma welcome Cholo Simeone and his Atleti side to the Italian capital.
Roma look set to be without Emerson and new acquisition Patrik Schick but look set to start Alessandro Florenzi for the first time in 12 months.
The Giallorossi had no Serie A game last weekend with the game in Genoa against Sampdoria postponed due to storm warnings. Coach Di Francesco had mixed views about how this cancellation affected his side's preparation for the Champions League debut stating: "It might be a bonus in terms of our preparation for the Atleti game, but who knows when we’re going have to catch up with that game in the league. Any advantage is relative. Lots of the Atletico players didn’t play in their last game against Valencia, so many of their starting eleven will have been able to get a rest.",
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Diego Simeone welcomes back Antoine Griezmann, who has been suspended for the last two LaLiga games. A 0-0 draw against Valencia last time out might see the Argentinian change things up with his attack with Griezmann likely to replace Luciano Vietto.
Diego Godin understands how important a victory is and with Chelsea in the same group, this could be a key game. “We know how important the first match is and it is key,” Godin says as Atletico look to get off to a winning start in a competition they have been in the final of twice in the last four years.
Roma vs Atletico live stream online: potential line-ups
Roma XI: Alisson, Kolarov, Juan Jesus, Manolas, Peres, De Rossi, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, Perotti, Dzeko, Defrel.
Head coach: Di Francesco
Atleti XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe, Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco, Griezmann, Gameiro.
Head coach: Simeone
Roma vs Atletico live stream online: betting odds
Atleti defender Stefan Savic is a rank outside to be the first name on the score sheet. If you fancy the Montenegro international to bag the opener a handy 41/1 is your price.