Cagliari-Roma 0-1: The Lupi Thank Alisson the Savior and Under the Magician

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Roma defeated Cagliari on the road suffering the pace of the Sardi but exploiting the pure class of its Turkish youngster and Brazilian goalkeeper. 

Cagliari played with great fury stressing the Giallorossi’s defensive set-up. Roma a little tired but compact and reactive. The Lupi tried to collect three points that could have virtually sealed the Champions League race and they made it. Under’s magic at the 15th minute didn’t change the course of a match in which the Sardi gave their best to offset the quality gap with the team of the Italian capital.

When Bruno Peres tried to score an own-goal sliding in the box to cover the offensive effort of Pavoletti, Alisson miraculously saved with timing and reactivity. Cagliari started and ended the first half with great tenacity e competitive nastiness while Roma managed the possession with tactical wisdom and quality.

Di Francesco and Lopez started the second half with the same 22 players. Cagliari demonstrated the same positive attitude of the first 45 minutes shelling Roma’s enclave repeatedly and forcing Alisson to make an unusual mistake properly recovered by Capradossi. 

Farias saved Roma at 55 wasting an incredible opportunity right in front of the Brazilian keeper after a perfect long pass coming from the midfield that surprised Italian defender and Fazio. 

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Lopez’s men gave everything on the field to find the equalizer but Alisson the savior halted their hope leaving the Sardi in a very precarious situation in the standings. The RossoBlu left the field praised by their fans, unhappy for the final result but proud of the passion and dedication demonstrated by their heroes.

Di Francesco’s men suffered the pace of Barella & Co. especially after the demanding Champions League efforts and the many injuries that halved the Lupi ahead of this Serie A away clash. 

Roma collected three points widening the gap over Lazio and Inter that will face each other in a thrilling match in match-week 38 at the Stadio Olimpico.

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A Roman in New York achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | | Calcio e Finanza | Reporting on Major League Soccer.

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