Italian Serie A
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Roma 1-1 Empoli

Empoli striker Massimo Maccarone
Empoli striker Massimo Maccarone was an unused substitute as Middlesbrough won the 2004 League Cup

Roma's Serie A title hopes suffered a blow as they were held by struggling Empoli in a game that saw both teams reduced to 10 men before half-time.

Roma defender Kostas Manolas was sent off for a foul and Massimo Maccarone put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after 39 minutes.

Empoli's Riccardo Saponara was then dismissed for two bookings in the space of three minutes.

Empoli had never won at Roma and were denied by Maicon's 57th-minute strike.

With a six-point gap behind leaders and defending champions Juventus, Roma desperately needed to end a run of three straight draws in the league.

They had knocked Empoli out of the Coppa Italia earlier this month but failed to manage a shot on target in the first half and lost play-maker Francesco Totti to injury before the break.

They trailed after Manolas bundled Saponara to the ground to earn a red card and allow ex-Middlesbrough striker Maccarone to put Empoli in front.

Sapanora then picked up a second caution after handling the ball in first-half stoppage time to balance out the numbers.

Roma continued to struggle to create chances in the second half.

But they avoided defeat when Miralem Pjanic picked out Maicon and the former Manchester City full-back finished superbly with a left-footed shot which curled inside the far post.

Juventus play at mid-table Udinese on Sunday.

Line-ups

Roma

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13SisenandoSubstituted forVerdeat 82'minutes
  • 44ManolasBooked at 37mins
  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 25Holebas
  • 15Pjanic
  • 20Keita
  • 4NainggolanBooked at 90mins
  • 7IturbeSubstituted forFlorenziat 25'minutesBooked at 58mins
  • 10TottiSubstituted forAstoriat 40'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Ljajic

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 3Cole
  • 23Astori
  • 24Florenzi
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 48Ucan
  • 50Somma
  • 52Pellegrini
  • 53Verde
  • 92Marchegiani
  • 99Vestenicky

Empoli

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 33Sepe
  • 23Hysaj
  • 24Rugani
  • 19Barba
  • 21Mário Rui
  • 88Vecino
  • 6ValdifioriBooked at 71minsSubstituted forSignorelliat 84'minutes
  • 5SaponaraBooked at 45mins
  • 11CroceBooked at 50mins
  • 7MaccaroneSubstituted forZielinskiat 58'minutes
  • 20PucciarelliSubstituted forMchedlidzeat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pugliesi
  • 2Laurini
  • 8Signorelli
  • 9Mchedlidze
  • 10Tavano
  • 14Diousse
  • 18Verdi
  • 25Brillante
  • 27Zielinski
  • 28Bassi
  • 52Borghini
Referee:
Carmine Russo
Attendance:
33,621

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamEmpoli
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 1, Empoli 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 1, Empoli 1.

  3. Booking

    Radja Nainggolan (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Davide Astori (Roma).

  5. Post update

    Piotr Zielinski (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniele Croce from a direct free kick.

  7. Booking

    Davide Astori (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Davide Astori (Roma).

  9. Post update

    Daniele Croce (Empoli) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Seydou Keita (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. José Holebas (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adem Ljajic.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Seydou Keita (Roma).

  14. Post update

    Mário Rui (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Empoli. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

  18. Post update

    Levan Mchedlidze (Empoli) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Empoli. Franco Signorelli replaces Mirko Valdifiori.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Daniele Rugani.