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Roma Wastes Early Lead, Draws Plzen in Europa League Opener

Roma’s first taste of Pilsner was a bitter one, as they dropped two points against their Czech hosts.

Cagliari Calcio v AS Roma - Serie A Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images

As much as I’d love CdT to be my full time job, sometimes the real world intervenes and prevents me from attending to my churchly duties, such was the case today as I was not able to see a single second of today’s match. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, doesn’t thank make you unqualified to write a review? Yes. Yes it does.

So, instead, after a brief look at the facts, figures and quotes, I’m turning it over to you. What did you think? What went right? What went wrong? Will Roma ever exorcise this demon?

The Stats

Again, for expediencies sake, we’ll turn to the club itself:

AS Roma

As you can see, statistically speaking, this match was rather evenly contested, so Roma’s brand appeal mattered little once they hit the pitch. Right away, and again without seeing the match, the story is evident: they were settling for shots, as evidenced by a full third of their shots coming from outside of the box, a point Luciano Spalletti hinted at in the post match press conference when he spoke about his side’s lack of aggression.

Alright, your turn. Have at it, tell us the tale of the match.