AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella called up 20 players for the FK Shkendija vs AC Milan match valid for the Europa League Playoff Round Second Leg on Thursday 24 August 2017 at the Philip II Arena in Skopje.
61% Ball Possession AS ROMA and 39% Ball Possession LYON AS Roma 2 – 1 Lyon
17′ Kevin Strootman 16′ Mouctar Diakhaby
60′ Lucas Tousart (own goal)
A sad day for Italian football. AS Roma is out of the Europa League despite defeating Lyon to qualify for the UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals. The First Leg ended Lyon 4 – 2 AS Roma. The final aggregate result is AS Roma 4 – 5 Lyon.
Sadly, it is Lyon to open the score in the 16th minute. Defender Mouctar Diakhaby defeating AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson with a headed shot in the bottom right corner. The assist is by Mathieu Valbuena with a cross.
Bam! Quick reaction! The Roman gladiators equalizing the score not even passing 2 minute after the goal by Diakhaby. It is Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman to encourage the team defeating Lyon goalkeeper Lopes with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by midfielder Daniele De Rossi with a cross.
In the 60th minute, Roma taking the lead thanks to the own goal by Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart.
AS Roma unbeaten in five home games with Ligue 1 clubs (2 Wins and 3 Draws)
Here is AS ROMA official starting lineup by Coach Luciano Spalletti:
AS ROMA (3-4-3): Alisson; Rüdiger, Fazio, Manōlas; Bruno Peres, De Rossi, Strootman, Mário Rui; Salah, Nainggolan; Džeko.
Here is LYON official starting lineup by coach Génésio:
UEFA has designated the match officials for the game AS ROMA vs LYON for the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg on Thursday 16 March 2017 at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy at 21:05.
It is Referee Viktor Kassai from Hungary to direct the game AS Roma – Lyon. Kassai will be assisted by György Ring (HUN) and Vencel Tóth (HUN). The fourth official will be Peter Berettyán (HUN). The additional assistant referees will be Tamás Bognar (HUN) and Ádám Farkas (HUN)
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti
2016 – 2017 UEFA Europa League
Round of 16, Second Leg
AS Roma – Lyon
Thursday 16 March 2017
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Here are AS ROMA 21 official called up players by Coach Luciano Spalletti for the game AS Roma vs Lyon for the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg on Thursday 16 March 2017 at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy at 21:05.
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Lobont, Szczesny;
Defenders: Manolas, Emerson, Rudiger, Mário Rui, Fazio, Vermaelen, Bruno Peres, Juan Jesus;
Midfielders: Gerson, Daniele De Rossi, Perotti, Strootman, Paredes, Radja Nainggolan;
Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Stephan El Shaarawy, Francesco Totti, Edin Dzeko.
Here are the declarations from AS Roma Coach Luciano Spalletti ahead of the game AS Roma vs Lyon for the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg on Thursday 16 March 2017 at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium in Rome, Italy at 21:05. Spalletti declarations appearing on AS Roma official website.
The situation for the Roman gladiators is tough. AS Roma will have to overturn the result to qualify for the next round. The Round of 16 First Leg ended Lyon 4 – 2 AS Roma.
Spalletti commented on the medical updates: “The tests on Bruno Peres came back all clear so he is available. We’ll have to see how it goes in training today. [Diego] Perotti felt his right flexor before we left for Palermo but he did train yesterday. If he looks good again today then he’ll be available.
“Emerson [Palmieri] has a tendon problem in his left quad so after training today we’ll decide whether it’s worth having him on the bench or not.”
Tactically speaking, how do you approach tomorrow’s game?
“You have to closely analyse what happened in the first leg and weigh that up against what we need in terms of a result. Another thing that comes into it is the decisions we got wrong in the away match. I saw lots of things that we did well but we need to look at what didn’t go right because we can change that and work on it. Our desire will be sky high tomorrow night – we certainly won’t be wandering around the pitch.”
How is the squad doing mentally after the Palermo win?
“They always seem good when I speak to them. I see maturity in these players. We have an open dialogue and then are always ready to analyse things properly before we discuss it. I’ve never noticed any doubt in their mind. We’ll need that extra something tomorrow – we can’t afford to make bad decisions.
“We’re at a disadvantage after the first leg, but you have to look at it logically. Even if we’d lost 1-0, we’d still have to score two goals tomorrow night. That’s the right approach. Having seen the way the game went in Lyon, I think qualification is there for us to reach out and grasp.”
What will you say to James Pallotta when you see him?
“First off I’ll greet him warmly. I have nothing in particular to say to him, but I’ll listen to anything he wants to tell me. I don’t think it’s going to be a big deal. It’s only right that a president can say things to his coach – my job is to get results and hope that they are satisfactory for him. All I need to do is listen.”
How important will it be for both sides to cut out the defensive mistakes?
“It’ll be a very delicate game in terms of positioning and concentration. Our priority in defence will be to keep an eye on them going direct. We need to inject tempo into the game and force the issue to score goals, all the while maintaining our organisation and balance to deal with their counters. That’s what we absolutely must do.”
Will you go with a back four?
“The team could line up like it has done recently, but we have the option to change to a four-man defence. The main thing is to ensure the team is balanced. We were fine in terms of numbers in Lyon but we still conceded, which is a sign of tactical imbalance.
Regardless of how we play, the main thing is to come out of these games without any regrets and play without worrying about the first-leg result, which doesn’t mean anything. That’s what I expect from my team. I’m convinced that they will want to be the stars of the show tomorrow night without worrying about conceding.
It may well be that we concede, but even if we do qualification is still possible: 3-1 is a doable result. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will produce a big performance and do what we need to do for the whole 90 minutes.”
In 50% of the games Roma have played this season, the team has secured a scoreline that would see them through tomorrow night. Do you think you have a chance of qualifying?
“I’ve already spoken about the percentage chance we have with my squad. Given the quality of my players, I believe we have a 60% chance of going through.”
51% Ball Possession LYON and 49% Ball Possession AS ROMA Lyon 4 – 2 AS Roma
8′ Mouctar Diakhaby 20′ Mohamed Salah
47′ Corentin Tolisso 33′ Federico Fazio
74′ Nabil Fekir
92′ Alexandre Lacazette
AS Roma failing the first test to continue their journey in the Europa League. Roma losing the Round of 16 First Leg against Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France. This is the third consecutive lost. Roma lost Serie A Week 27 game at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium: AS Roma 1 – 2 Napoli and the Coppa Italia Semifinal match at the Olimpico: Lazio 2 – 0 AS Roma. Bye to the record, Roma were unbeaten in five European away fixtures this season with 2 wins, and 3 draws, and today a lost! It will be tough for Roma to qualify to the Quarterfinals. Roma will have to win the Second Leg with a 2-0 or a 3-1.
It is Lyon to open the score in the 8th minute. Defender Mouctar Diakhaby defeating AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson with a right footed shot in the center. The headed assist is by Rafael.
Roma equalizing for the 1-1 in the 20th minute. Midfielder Mohamed Salah defeating Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes with a right footed shot in the center. The assist is by defender Federico Fazio.
Good reaction. Roma taking the lead for the 1- 2 in the 33rd minute following a corner conceded by Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons. Defender Federico Fazio with the perfect headed shot in the center to encourage the squad. The assist is by midfielder Daniele De Rossi .
Oh no!!!! What a luck! Lyon equalizing for the 2-2 in the 47th minute. It is defender Corentin Tolisso to level the situation delivering a right footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Alexandre Lacazette.
Lyon coach making the first substitution i the 72nd minute. Nabil Fekir replacing Emanuel Mammana.
Ouch! Hello… Wake up Roma! Lyon taking the lead again for the 3-2 in the 74th minute. It is midfielder Nabil Fekir to defeat Roma goalkeeper Alisson with a left footed shot in the bottom left corner. The assist is by Lucas Tousart. Gee… you bet Lyon would be happy seeing his first substitution making a difference in less than 3 minute already making a goal.
Wondering why Roma coach Luciano Spalletti making the first substitution so late… In the 82nd minute midfielder Daniele De Rossi is replaced by Leo Paredes.
NOOOOOOOO Lyon scoring again and now is 4-2. In the agonizing 92nd minute, Alexandre Lacazette delivering a right footed shot to the top left corner crushing Roma’s hope to at least equalize. The assist is by Mathieu Valbuena.
You got to be kidding! Hello…. Roma making the second substitution in the 94th minute!! Hellooooooooo what for??? This change should have worked earlier to energize the attack not in the final minute!! Forward Stephan El Shaarawy replacing forward Edin Dzeko.
A deja vu. Lyon and AS Roma meet again ten years after UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
Roma won 2-0 on aggregate (0-0 home, 2-0 away) in 2006/07
Francesco Totti scored Roma’s opening goal
Here is OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS official starting lineup by coach Génésio:
Here are AS ROMA 20 official called up players by Coach Luciano Spalletti for the game Olympique Lyonnais vs AS Roma for the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg game on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France at 21:05.
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Lobont, Szczesny;
Goalkeepers: Emerson, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Manolas, Peres, Rui, Vermaelen;
Midfielders: De Rossi, Gerson, Nainggolan, Paredes, Perotti, Strootman;