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Highlights of Roma's Draw With Sassuolo

Come for the rain, stay for the ref!


With talents like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ciro Immobile and many more, Serie A is slowly but surely shedding their label as a boring, defensive league. It's a slow adaptation that's been developing for nearly a decade now, but some of the word's most exciting football can be found up and down the Italian peninsula. Except for today in Roma. With a rain soaked pitch and some questionable calls from the official, Roma and Sassuolo shared the honors in pretty banal affair—it wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement for the new look Serie A.

But it was a subtle sign that despite not being their first choice for manager, Paulo Fonseca may prove to be the best choice. With his side down a man for more than 50% of this match—and indeed with the Man from Mozambique stuck in the stands for the entire second half after getting sent off at half-time—Roma turned in one of their sharpest performances to date, pouring in 10 shots in the second half while limiting Sassuolo to just three attempts on goal. It was a strong signal that, even with the odds against them and their manager removed from the pitch, Roma are a well-drilled and disciplined squad.

So, while the match was short on actual highlights, Roma fans should be encouraged with the resolve and fortitude shown by the men in black and orange (those kits will never grow on me).

In case you missed, check out the Fabio Maresca show!