HT: Roma run ragged by Sevilla

Roma crashed out of the Europa League at the Spherical of 16 after being rail-roaded by Sevilla, who won 2-0, hit the woodwork twice and had a procedure ruled narrowly offside.

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The most indispensable leg was by no methodology conducted attributable to the preliminary wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, so this changed into a one-off knockout Spherical of 16 conflict on just turf in Duisburg.

Jordan Veretout was suspended and Lorenzo Pellegrini exclusively ready for the bench after fracturing his nose, so Bryan Cristante stepped into midfield. Chris Smalling and Davide Zappacosta weren’t eligible for the Europa League after their mortgage deals, so Roger Ibanez joined the three-man defence. There beget been many ex-Serie A players within the Sevilla squad, at the side of Suso and Lucas Ocampos of Milan, Inter’s Ever Banega and frail Palermo man Franco Vazquez, however Nemanja Gudelj was ruled out after testing particular for Coronavirus.

It was an aggressive Spanish starting up, Pau Lopez fingertipping the Lucas Ocampos roller over the bar, then Jules Kounde’s header cracked in opposition to the crossbar from a corner.

Sevilla were pouring forward and putting together a sequence of corners, so it was no shock after they broke the deadlock. Sergio Reguilon sprinted past Bruno Peres and Ibanez into the box, however Pau Lopez ought to aloof’ve performed grand higher on the angled drive, which squirmed by his legs at the near post.

Pau Lopez and the defence were nearly caught out horribly over again, however this time Jesus Navas prodded the manufacture broad of an starting up procedure.

Roma lastly created a true chance on 35 minutes, as Edin Dzeko was denied by a determined take care of within the box, then Diego Carlos flung himself within the methodology to deflect the Zaniolo follow-up off discover.

A unhappy Bruno Peres first touch ruined a promising Giallorossi switch, as they received more into the game following a execrable opening half-hour.

Correct as they were starting up to assemble some stress, Sevilla doubled the lead. Dzeko had appeals for a defective rejected and the Spaniards straight away went on the counter, Ibanez failing exclusively to preserve Ocampos with the sliding take care of, permitting him to drag support for Youssef En-Nesyri to point out into an empty fetch.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s angled drive flashed inches broad after the restart, then he keep up Cristante upright for a truly crucial Kounde block from eight yards.

Dzeko got here terminate with a shot on the turn that was upright over from Mkhitaryan’s relief, however Sevilla had the ball within the fetch over again on 73 minutes when Kounde sliding in at the support post to volley within the Munir depraved, upright for it to be ruled marginally offside.

Paulo Fonseca returned to four at the support within the final 12 minutes, however it made precious tiny distinction. Of direction, Ever Banega threatened a third for Sevilla alongside with his free kick thumping the crossbar and Pau Lopez made a stoppage-time put on Kounde’s free header.

Deep into the seemingly never-ending stoppages, Gianluca Mancini was booked for jutting out an arm on the support of Luuk de Jong’s head. The referee seen it over again with the VAR video show and opted for a straight red.

Sevilla 2-0 Roma

Reguilon 22 (S), En-Nesyri 44 (S)

Sevilla: Bounou; Jesus Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Reguilòn; Banega, Fernando, Jordan; Ocampos (Vazquez 95), En-Nesyri (De Jong 93), Suso (Munir 67)

Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Ibanez, Kolarov (Villar 78); Bruno Peres, Cristante, Diawara (Pellegrini 57), Spinazzola; Zaniolo (Carles Perez 57), Mkhitaryan; Dzeko

Ref: Kuipers (NED)

Despatched off: Mancini 99 (R)

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