Roma had no other option but to admit that they were a weaker side in the Champions League opening game away to Real Madrid when they suffered 3:0 defeat. They weren’t limited to such a defensive role overall, having some chances during the ninety minutes but were simply outplayed by far more in-form side.
Isco opened up the scoreline in the 45th minute, just when it was needed the most for the Spaniards. The game got more open in the second halftime, but the hosts were the ones to be far more concrete – sealing the victory with goals from Bale and Mariano.
Being together with CSKA Moscow and Plzen in the group, the side needs a three-pointer to remain competitive for the second position. Diego Perotti is out with a thigh injury. Daniele De Rossi and Javier Pastore are doubtful.
Plzen, on the other side, was a close favorite in the first round at home against CSKA Moscow two weeks ago. They even had the double lead in the first halftime thanks to two goals from Krmencik. It was maybe bit harsh result for the Russians who took every bigger control into the match in the repetition and deserved a point taken.
Chalov reduced in the 49th minute, while the guests fought hard for their deserved equalizer that came in the fifth minute of added time via penalty kick taken by Vlasic.
The Czech side can’t expect much now, but no doubt that they will struggle hard to reach a point here. Visitors should only miss midfielder Daniel Kolar.
Roma is a favorite here and should be attacking for the most of the time, but the visitors also remain very dangerous via counter attacks and using their wingers with lots of crosses. With the style Roma plays, ten corners should be quite an easy task for these two sides.