Siena 1-2 Roma: John Arne Riise Rocket Sees Claudio Ranieri Begin With A Win

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‘Tinkerman’ starts with a win.

Claudio Ranieri’s reign as Roma coach began with a win as a ferocious 89th minute free kick from substitute John Arne Riise saw off ten-man Siena at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Siena had taken the lead in the first half through Massimo Maccarone, but Philippe Mexes equalised with 17 minutes remaining, and Riise took full advantage of Paul Codrea’s red card to steal the three points at the end.

The Giallorossi came into the clash with their injury situation slowly clearing up, although Alexander Doni and Cicinho were still sidelined. Juan returned to the line-up, while David Pizarro supported lone striker Francesco Totti in a very defensive 4-4-1-1.

With the exception of injured defender Luca Rossettini, Siena had virtually a clean bill of health as they looked for a repeat of their week 2 victory over Cagliari. Emanuele Calaio and Maccarone led the offensive charge.

Roma started the game the better, with Totti curling just over and Gianluca Curci coming to the rescue from Simone Perrotta.

However, the Giallorossi received a blow just past the quarter-hour mark as Matteo Brighi was forced off injured to be replaced by Julio Baptista.

This seemed to have a negative effect on the away side as Siena found it easier to attack with the defensive Brighi off. On 26 minutes the Tuscans broke the deadlock asMaccarone turned Philippe Mexes in the box and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. It was a wonderful individual effort.

Roma tried to react through Baptista, who sliced wide after a great pass from Pizarro.

On 38 minutes ‘The Beast’ went close with a free kick that deflected and span just past the post. Moments later Emanuele Calaio’s mis-hit cross almost looped in over Julio Sergio, but it was just too high.

There were no changes at half time. Roma attempted to up the tempo, yet it was Siena who threatened first as Maccarone was released in the left channel, but his first touch was poor and Marco Cassetti cleared.

On 55 minutes Roma had a golden chance to equalise as the ball broke to Simone Perrotta inside the area, but he delayed too long and a defender managed to block the ball.

Despite this chance, Roma were lacking ideas going forward – perhaps not helped by Ranieri’s ultra-defensive system. 

Just past the hour mark, ‘Tinkerman’ made his second change of the game, introducing Riise for Juan. Siena looked to tighten up the ship as midfielder Lukas Jarolim replaced striker Calaio.

Ranieri played his final card as he threw on Mirko Vucinic for Baptista. A couple of minutes later Roma were level as Totti cut the ball back to Mexes, who had stayed forward, and the Frenchman volleyed the ball into the ground and past Curci.

The tiring Maccarone made way for Reginaldo, but with 12 minutes to go Siena received another blow as Paul Codrea received his marching orders for a second yellow card after fouling Totti.

Roma threw men forward in the closing stages, and Vucinic saw a shot blocked. Time seemed to be running out but in the 89th minute the Giallorossi found a winner as Riiseunleashed a ferocious 20-yard free kick that was too hot for Curci to handle as it almost put a hole in the back of the net.

This win means that Roma are finally off the mark in Serie A, and they join Siena on three points from as many games.

Goal

~ by footballdirecta on September 13, 2009.

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