We are about to witness a substitution. Cengiz Under (AS Roma) is replacing Stephan El Shaarawy.
What a big chance! Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and skies the ball well over the bar.
Stephan El Shaarawy (AS Roma) finds the space inside the box to meet a cross, but his header from near the penalty spot low towards the left post is saved by the goalkeeper.
A corner kick by Cagliari is thwarted by the well prepared Antonio Mirante (AS Roma).
Fabrizio Cacciatore (Cagliari) serves up a nice cross, but Antonio Mirante punches the ball away. The referee points to the corner flag and Cagliari will take a corner.
Substitution. Alessandro Deiola (Cagliari) has come on for Valter Birsa.
Diego Perotti (AS Roma) peeled away from his marker and got on the end of the resulting corner, but he sends his header straight at the goalkeeper.
The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for AS Roma.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) is thwarted and cleared to safety. AS Roma have been awarded a corner kick.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Javier Pastore trots off the pitch and is replaced by Diego Perotti (AS Roma).
The defensive wall stood firm and easily blocked the powerfully hit free kick from Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) on the edge of the box.
A free kick on the edge of the box for AS Roma. Let's see if they'll manage to convert it into a goal.
Gianluca Manganiello shows a yellow card to Fabio Pisacane (Cagliari) for a tough tackle.
Close! Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma) picks up the ball in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot inches wide of the left post.
A corner kick by AS Roma is thwarted by the well prepared Alessio Cragno (Cagliari).
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar. The ball goes out of play and AS Roma have been awarded a corner kick.
This shall not pass! Joao Pedro (Cagliari) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender.
Stephan El Shaarawy (AS Roma) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.
Alessandro Florenzi (AS Roma) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Cagliari slow the tempo of the game down by exchanging a combination of one or two touch passes. The opposition's players are finding it very difficult at the moment, very physically demanding to run without the ball.
The game restarts for the second half.
The first half of today's match has just finished.
Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic from the opposition and they easily clear.
What an opportunity that was! The ball rebounded out to Lorenzo Pellegrini (AS Roma), whose shot from the edge of the box goes a whisker wide of the right post.
OFF THE BAR! Javier Pastore (AS Roma) drifts into the box to give his teammate support. He receives a fantastic pass and shoots from close range, but it crashes against the crossbar! It could have been a brilliant goal, unlucky.
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) misses a good chance to score. An inch-perfect cross into the box finds Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) who rises for a header, but sends the ball well over the bar.
Alessandro Florenzi (AS Roma) pounces on a pass inside the box but flashes his shot just over the bar. That was a great chance!
Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out. The ball is off of the pitch and it's a goal kick for Cagliari.
Today's referee Gianluca Manganiello rightly decides to book Luca Ceppitelli (Cagliari) for his harsh tackle.
Cagliari fail to score from a corner as Antonio Mirante (AS Roma) leaps to collect the ball.
Joao Pedro (Cagliari) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area, but it's cleared by an opposing player. Cagliari force a corner. They send men into the box.
Artur Ionita (Cagliari) struck the ball which rebounded to the edge of the box. His attempt went narrowly over the crossbar.
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) plays a through ball inside the box, but it's too strong and Alessio Cragno comes off his line to intercept.
Gianluca Manganiello blows his whistle. Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) commits a foul after dangerous play.
Alessandro Florenzi (AS Roma) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
AS Roma are ruled offside.
Luca Cigarini (Cagliari) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Gianluca Manganiello has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle. AS Roma have been awarded a free kick.
The ball is cleared after Valter Birsa (Cagliari) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball goes out of play and AS Roma will have a goal kick.
Federico Fazio (AS Roma) commits a foul after bringing down his opponent with a slide tackle. Cagliari have a free kick.
Wonderful movement by Cagliari. The players are holding possession, mostly exchanging one-touch passes. They control the pace of the game now.
Cagliari have a chance to score from a corner kick, but the ball is cleared by a defender.
Cagliari didn't take advantage of the corner and score as the opposition's defence was alert and averted the threat.
Superb touch by Leonardo Pavoletti (Cagliari) as he receives a precise pass into the box. He finds the keeper prepared as he unleashes his shot towards the top right corner. Wonderful save! The referee blows his whistle, Cagliari are awarded a corner kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma) does his best to latch onto a cross into the box, but he can't get to the ball. It's a throw-in for Cagliari.
CHANCE! Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) goes very close! He gathers a cross inside the box and fires a shot towards Alessio Cragno, who produces an excellent reflex save.
GOAL! Superb work from Justin Kluivert, who plays a vital role in the build-up. He squares it to Javier Pastore (AS Roma), who beats Alessio Cragno with a brilliant shot into the bottom right corner. 2:0.
That was a beautiful moment! Federico Fazio (AS Roma) plants a clever header from a high rebound precisely into the left side of the goal, deflecting in off the post.
AS Roma take the corner, but their hopes of scoring a goal end with a nice clearance by the defence.
Justin Kluivert (AS Roma) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety. The linesman points to the corner flag, AS Roma are going to take it.
Stephan El Shaarawy (AS Roma) dribbles into the box, but Alessio Cragno is quick enough to come off his line and stop him.
A cross into the box from Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) is cleared.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
AS Roma will kick-off.
Gianluca Manganiello will officiate today.
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