Hello and welcome to Nigerianeye’s live coverage of the match in the Champions League between Roma and Chelsea.
After the two clubs played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge earlier this month, the reverse fixture has been highly anticipated by both teams who still have work to do in order to progress through to the last 16 of this competition.
Chelsea are undefeated in three games in Group C, but defeat at the Stadio Olimpico could leave Antonio Conte’s side just two points ahead of third-place Atletico Madrid by the end of the night.
Roma host the Premier League side while possessing the strongest defensive record in Serie A, and Eusebio Di Francesco and his players will fancy their chances of extending Chelsea’s winless run in Italy to six games.
ROMA: Alisson, Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Strootman, El Shaarawy, Perotti, Dzeko
ROMA SUBSTITUTES: Skorupski, Moreno, Manolas, Gerson, Gonalons, Pellegrini, Cengiz
CHELSEA: Courtois; Rudiger, David Luiz, Cahill; Azpilicueta, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Alonso; Pedro, Morata, Hazard
CHELSEA SUBSTITUTES: Caballero, Christensen, Zappacosta, Kenedy, Drinkwater, Willian, Batshuayi
8 min Roma are finally starting to assert some control on proceedings, which sounds strange given their lead but that is how it has been. Dare I say it but Chelsea are showing the same kind of quality on the ball as they did at Atletico. Like in Madrid, they are going to have to come from behind.
6 min Chelsea are having so much success going forward. They are throwing men forward and looking for an immediate equaliser. On this occasion, Alonso’s cross is excellent but it has too much pace on it.
5 min The two teams have basically picked up from where they left off at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will have no idea how they are behind.
4 min CHANCE! Before Roma’s goal, Chelsea could have scored through Pedro, and they should probably score here too. The ball is sent over the top for Hazard, but the Belgian fails to get it out of his feet and his scuffed effort is comfortably saved by Alisson.
1 min What a start. Roma score after just 38 seconds and it’s a stunning strike from El Shaarawy, who finds the top corner with a half-volley from 20 yards. Dzeko’s flick had gone to no-one but the winger was able to run onto the ball under little pressure.
1 min GOAL! Roma 1-0 Chelsea (Stephan El Shaarawy)
1 min KICKOFF! Chelsea get us underway.