Europa League - Group J
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Roma 1-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach: Chris Smalling concedes controversial late penalty

Chris Smalling
Smalling has made four appearances in Serie A for Roma since joining on loan from Manchester United

Chris Smalling conceded a controversial 93rd-minute penalty as Roma were held to a 1-1 draw by Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League.

The Manchester United loanee was adjudged to have blocked a Nico Elvedi header with his hand by Scottish referee Willie Collum.

Sounds fair enough, right?

Well, it would have been if the ball hadn't smashed Smalling flush in the face.

The reaction to the decision was, as you'd expect, polar opposite from the two sides:

Roma award tweetBorussia Monchengladbach penalty award tweet

We've all had those moments watching football when we've seen a replay of an incident and thought, "Eh!?!"

Monchengladbach's Twitter admin certainly experienced it tonight...

Borussia Monchengladbach realise the penalty shouldn't have been given

Hats off to Monchengladbach though, at least they had the decency to apologise after Lars Stindl smashed home the penalty to snatch just their second point of the campaign against the group leaders...

How soon is too soon? The German side gave it just three minutes before cracking out this meme.

Shortly after the full-time whistle Smalling expressed his disappointment at the decision.

Chris Smalling tweet

Roma later revealed on the club's official Twitter account that the match officials had admitted their mistake, and accepted their apology with good grace: "The #ASRoma post-match management spoke to match officials, who admitted they had made a mistake in awarding the penalty. We respect them and thank them for being honest. Now head to the next game #ForzaRoma."

Why didn't VAR intervene?

Wondering why the decision wasn't overturned by VAR?

The technology isn't available until the final in the Europa League.

We wonder what referee Collum would have given for the technology to be available tonight?

Earlier in the year, he came out in support of VAR saying "there's no referee in the world who wouldn't support VAR".

'There's no referee in the world who wouldn't support VAR'

Line-ups

Roma

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13López
  • 37Spinazzola
  • 6SmallingBooked at 90mins
  • 20Fazio
  • 11Kolarov
  • 23Mancini
  • 22ZanioloSubstituted forAntonucciat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27PastoreSubstituted forPerottiat 62'minutes
  • 21VeretoutBooked at 50mins
  • 99KluivertBooked at 72minsSubstituted forFlorenziat 84'minutes
  • 9Dzeko

Substitutes

  • 5Nunes Jesus
  • 8Perotti
  • 24Florenzi
  • 48Antonucci
  • 53Riccardi
  • 61Calafiori
  • 83Mirante

B Mgladbach

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Sommer
  • 18LainerBooked at 81mins
  • 24Jantschke
  • 30Elvedi
  • 25BensebainiBooked at 65mins
  • 6KramerSubstituted forBénesat 76'minutes
  • 8Zakaria
  • 7HerrmannSubstituted forHofmannat 62'minutes
  • 32Neuhaus
  • 10Thuram
  • 36EmboloSubstituted forStindlat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Stindl
  • 15Beyer
  • 17Wendt
  • 22Bénes
  • 23Hofmann
  • 31Grün
  • 34Noß
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
29,037

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamB Mgladbach
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home20
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 1, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 1, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Federico Fazio (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

  5. Post update

    Gianluca Mancini (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Roma 1, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1. Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  7. Booking

    Chris Smalling (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Chris Smalling (Roma) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by László Bénes.

  10. Post update

    Denis Zakaria (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Edin Dzeko (Roma).

  12. Booking

    Mirko Antonucci (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Mirko Antonucci (Roma).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stefan Lainer with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Conceded by Alessandro Florenzi.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

  20. Post update

    Mirko Antonucci (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla33007079
2FK Qarabag31116604
3F91 Dudelange3102510-53
4Apoel Nicosia301257-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Copenhagen31203215
2Dynamo Kyiv31202115
3Malmö FF31113304
4Lugano301213-21

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel32108267
2Getafe32013216
3FK Krasnodar310237-43
4Trabzonspor301225-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSV Eindhoven32107347
2Sporting32015416
3LASK31112204
4Rosenborg300316-50

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32105237
2CFR Cluj32013306
3Lazio310245-13
4Rennes301224-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal330010289
2Frankfurt320134-16
3Standard Liege310236-33
4Vitória Guimarães300326-40

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Young Boys32015326
2Rangers31113304
3FC Porto311134-14
4Feyenoord310223-13

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Espanyol32104137
2Ludogorets32018266
3Ferencvárosi TC311124-24
4CSKA Moscow300318-70

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolfsburg31206425
2KAA Gent31206515
3Oleksandria302135-22
4Saint-Étienne302145-12

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma31206245
2Istanbul Basaksehir311125-34
3RZ Pellets WAC31115234
4B Mgladbach302126-42

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga32105327
2Wolves32013216
3Slovan Bratislava31117614
4Besiktas300337-40

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd32102027
2AZ Alkmaar31208265
3Partizan Belgrade31114404
4FC Astana300319-80
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