AS Roma – Borussia Mönchengladbach: Controversy Strikes In Bitty Affair (1-1)
A game-changing refereeing mistake in stoppage time proved decisive for the visitors, but were they worthy of their point? In a game so precisely planned out by each coach, defensively speaking, it was hard to separate the two sides, as highlighted by the manner of the two goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnely.
Paulo Fonseca’s injury-stricken AS Roma side have struggled through a stuttering run of form lately – drawing their last three games in all competitions, and winning just one of their last five matches. Still sitting atop of their Europa League group however, this seemed like a good opportunity to get back to winning ways.
With that in mind, Fonseca made three changes from the eleven that started their 0-0 draw with bottom-of-the-table Sampdoria last weekend. Edin Džeko, Javier Pastore and Federico Fazio were all given starts, on top of Gianluca Mancini being pushed forward into midfield to help facilitate the switch from a 4-2-3-1 setup to a 4-3-3 shape.
High-flying Gladbach sit atop of the Bundesliga table, despite suffering defeat on the road against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Contrary to such outstanding league form, though, is their position in Group J following a heavy defeat to Wolfsberger AC, and then a draw in Istanbul against Başakşehir. Albeit their toughest game of the group, a result here would be crucial to keeping their qualification hopes alive.
Coach Marco Rose also made three changes to his side from the . . .