HT: Roma fail to break down Crotone

Roma have dominated the first half against Crotone, forcing saves and rattling the woodwork, but it’s still goalless at the break.

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Along with suspended Gianluca Mancini, the Giallorossi also missed Pau Lopez, Leonardo Spinazzola, Carles Perez, Chris Smalling, Amadou Diawara, Stephan El Shaarawy, Jordan Veretout, Gonzalo Villar, Riccardo Calafiori, Federico Fazio and Nicolò Zaniolo, so Ebrima Darboe got his first start after impressing in the Europa League semi-final with Manchester United on Thursday. Crotone were already relegated and Roma struggling just to keep hold of seventh place.

Pedro had to sprint back and make a decisive defensive intervention on Nwankwo Simy after good work from Adam Ounas, while Alex Cordaz parried a ferocious Lorenzo Pellegrini free kick.

Pedro sprung the offside trap only to be denied by Cordaz at a tight angle, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan struck the near post from close range, although it would’ve probably been ruled offside if it had gone in.

The Borja Mayoral header would’ve counted on a corner after 20 minutes, but that bounced off the crossbar.

Cordaz stuck out a foot to deny Mkhitaryan and smothered the Pellegrini effort, then Ebrima Darboe fired over the bar before Pedro’s header was off target.

Roma 0-0 Crotone (Half-Time)

Roma: Fuzato; Karsdorp, Kumbulla, Ibanez, Reynolds; Darboe, Cristante; Pellegrini, Pedro, Mkhitaryan; Mayoral

Crotone: Cordaz; Djidji, Magallan, Golemic; S Molina, Messias, Cigarini, Benali, Reca; Ounas, Simy

Ref: Sozza

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