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Roma v Real Betis Live Commentary, 06/10/2022

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P. Dybala (34 pen)
G. Rodríguez (40)
Luiz Henrique (88)
Stadio Olimpico


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Both sides will do it all over again next Thursday when Roma travel to Seville to face Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Betis beat Roma in a European fixture in the Eternal City for the first time in 21 games. The Spanish outfit dominated the first half but it was Roma who took the lead thanks to a Dybala penalty - Betis soon responded, however, with a goal from Rodriguez to return the game to level terms. The Italian outfit improved in the second half but it was Betis who found the ultimate winner late in the evening - Henrique steering in a fabulous header from an accurate Rodri cross. They're very much in control of their group after that victory.
N. Zaniolo
Red Card
90' + 3' Zaniolo sees red for kicking out at a Betis player rather petulantly.
90' There will be four minutes of added time at the end of this second half.
90' Roma try to respond immediately to Betis' goal only for Bravo to, once again, stand strong and deny the Italian outfit.
Luiz Henrique
Real Betis
88' GOAL! Betis take a late lead. Rodri crosses the ball from the left wing to find Henrique at the back post, who produces a magnificent header to beat Patricio and make it 2-1 to the Spanish side.
Real Betis
88' Rodri produced a superb centre to find Henrique at the back post.
86' CHANCE! Spinazzola fizzes the ball across to Zalewski out the right side, who in turn crosses into Betis' box - but the Spanish side deal with the danger well.
85' Moreno has daylight on the left wing but his cross is of a surprisingly low quality and fails to cause Roma any problems.
G. Pezzella
Yellow Card
Real Betis
83' Pezzella is booked for bringing down Belotti.
82' The game has become a little stretched as we enter the final ten minutes - both sides are pushing for a winner without wanting to leave themselves exposed.
M. Camara
B. Cristante
80' Camara has replaced Cristante in Roma's midfield.
S. El Shaarawy
P. Dybala
80' El Shaarawy has replaced Dybala in Roma's attack.
78' Betis concede a cheap free-kick but it comes to nothing - Dybala sends his effort crashing into the wall.
Álex Moreno
Juan Miranda
Real Betis
75' Lopera has replaced Miranda at left-back.
Borja Iglesias
Willian José
Real Betis
75' Iglesias has come on for Jose as the central striker.
William Carvalho
A. Guardado
Real Betis
75' Carvalho has replaced Guardado in the centre of midfield.
73' Spinazzola turns Ruibal well to come inside off the left wing but his cross-cum-shot is easily dealt with by Bravo.
A. Belotti
T. Abraham
72' Roma have made an attacking change - Belotti has replaced Abraham.
G. Mancini
Yellow Card
71' Mancini is booked in the aftermath of a dispute between several Roma players and Rodri over a ball that wasn't put out of play.
70' Rodri carries the ball and has a sight of goal in good position - only to lean back at the crucial moment and blaze his effort over the bar.
68' Dybala and Abraham link up well to win a corner - only for the set-piece to come to nothing after smart defending from Betis.
65' Guardado is down for treatmant after taking a blow to the body from Abraham.
63' Betis try to build up patiently but they're not finding the same gaps as they were in the first half. The move ends with a wasteful shot from distance.
60' Joaquin shared a warm hug with Jose Mourinho upon his withdrawal.
Real Betis
60' Rodri has come on for Joaquin - a man close to twice his age.
58' Canales shows great feet to turn his man and carry the ball deep into Roma's half - only for his pass inside to be cut out by Matic.
55' Abraham plays the ball out left for Spinazzola, who takes on and beats his man but allows the ball to run out of play.
53' Abraham seems to be dropping deeper and becoming more involved in the build-up play and therefore giving Roma more options in the final third.
51' CHANCE! Roma come close. Smalling heads down a corner from the right side and, while Abraham is unable to land his overhead kick, Cristante does. But Bravo is equal to his effort and makes a superb save to keep the score level.
50' Roma have already shown that they're going to approach this second half differently to the first - they're playing with renewed purpose.
48' Henrique fizzes in a ball from the right wing that's neither a cross nor a shot - and it flies harmlessly wide.
46' We're back underway here at Stadio Olimpico.
Betis are seeing the lion's share of possession and part of that is down to how Roma have decided to set up. But the Italian outfit will be worried at the ease in which Betis are probing their defence and finding spaces in their final third. Roma still retain a threat on the break, of course, but Betis have had the better of this encounter quite clearly.
All square at the break and it's fair to say that Roma will be pleased to be level at the interval. Betis have dominated this game from the first whistle even though it was Roma who broke the deadlock through Dybala's penalty. Rodriguez equalised soon after with a rasping finish from outside the box and it was the Spaniards who finished the half the stronger.
45' There will be four minutes of added time at the end of this first half.
45' CHANCE! Roma come close twice. Dybala draws an incredible save from Bravo with a rasping half-volley and, just before that, Zaniolo strikes the crossbar.
43' Betis responded superbly to going a goal down. They didn't panic and continued to play their game at their own pace - and got their reward.
Luiz Henrique
Real Betis
40' Henrique carried the ball inside off the right before playing the pass to Rodriguez.
G. Rodríguez
Real Betis
40' GOAL! Betis make it 1-1. The Spanish side move the ball well in the final third before Rodriguez unleashes a superbly-struck effort from the edge of the box that leaves Patricio with no chance. An incredible strike from the Argentine.
37' CHANCE! Henrique is fed the ball on the right wing by Rodriguez, with the Brazilian stepping inside on his left foot and shooting on goal. His effort, however, is easily saved.
37' Betis try to clap back after going a goal down but their passage of play comes to nothing.
P. Dybala
Penalty Goal
34' GOAL! Dybala sends Bravo the wrong way from the spot and tucks his effort into the left side of the goal. A confident penalty to make it 1-0 to Roma.
A. Guardado
Yellow Card
Real Betis
33' Guardado has been booked for protesting the referee's decision to give a penalty.
33' Roma have been awarded a penalty kick after a VAR review. The ball struck Ruibal's hand in the box.
C. Bravo
Yellow Card
Real Betis
32' Bravo has been booked for protesting a VAR review.
Luiz Felipe
Yellow Card
Real Betis
29' Luiz Felipe is booked for a strong challenge on Zalewski.
28' The onus will be on Canales to step up and operate as Betis' chief creator in the absence of Fekir - so far he's been at the centre of everything. His shot from distance just there, however, fails to work the goalkeeper and flashes well wide of the target.
25' There seems to be a splendid atmosphere at Stadio Olimpico. Both Roma and Betis are well-supported in the Italian city.
Luiz Henrique
N. Fekir
Real Betis
22' Fekir's night is over through injury. Henrique has replaced the Frenchman.
21' Dybala arcs a delicate ball into the box from a well-placed free-kick but it's easily dealt with by Betis. The ball then falls to Zaniolo, who blazes his effort over the crossbar.
19' A smart one-two between Ruibal and Joaquin ends with the former squaring the ball into the box - only for Smalling to head clear the danger.
18' The game seems to be settling into a bit of a pattern now. Betis are seeing the majority of the ball but Roma retain a threat on the break.
15' Dybala finds Spinazzola out the left flank with a beautiful outside-of-the-foot pass - but the Italian wing-back's cross comes to nothing.
13' CHANCE! Fekir rattles the near post with a well-taken left-footed strike from the edge of the box. A warning shot from the Spanish side.
12' Ibanez charges forward from centre-back before being felled at the edge of Betis' box - but again the referee decides against blowing up for a foul.
10' Guardado carries the ball from deep before playing a speculative ball into the box - but Smalling is able to get a head on it and Patricio then claims it comfortably.
8' After a slow start Betis have settled and it's Canales who registers their first effort on goal. The Cantabrian's left-footed strike draws a strong save from Patricio.
L. Spinazzola
Z. Çelik
5' Celik picks up an early knock and is replaced by Spinazzola.
3' Zaniolo carries the ball forward with intent for Roma only to blocked off by Pezzella - but the referee doesn't blow for a foul and play continues.
1' Roma begin as they mean to proceed - they attack right from the off but Zalewski's shot from distance flies over the crossbar.
1' We're underway here at Stadio Olimpico.
Real Betis have won both of their UEFA Europa League games this season – they last had a longer winning run in all European competitions between December 1998 and November 2002 (6 in the UEFA Cup).
Including qualifiers, Roma are unbeaten in their last 20 home games in European competitions (W14 D6) – it’s the longest such run by an Italian side since Juventus went 27 without defeat between 2013 and 2018.
Roma and Real Betis have never previously faced in European competition; the Italian side have only won two of their last 13 matches against Spanish opponents (D2 L9), wins over Villarreal in 2017 (4-0) and Barcelona in 2018 (3-0).
Betis have made three changes from the team that beat Ludogorets 3-2 last time out. Pezella has replaced Gonzalez in the centre of defence, Rodriguez has replaced Akouokou in midfield and Fekir has replaced Henrique in the attacking trident.
Roma have made four changes from the team that beat HJK 3-0 last time out. Smalling has replaced Vina in the centre of defence, Celik and Zalewski have replaced Karsdorp and Spinazzola as the wing-backs and Dybala has replaced Pellegrini in the midfield.
REAL BETIS SUBS: Rui Silva, German Garcia, Paul Akouokou, Victor Ruiz, Borja Iglesias, Luiz Henrique, William Carvalho, Alex Moreno, Youssouf Sabaly, Rodri, Edgar Gonzalez.
REAL BETIS (4-2-3-1): Claudio Bravo; Aitor Ruibal, German Pezzella, Luiz Felipe, Juan Miranda; Guido Rodriguez, Andres Guardado; Sergio Canales, Nabil Fekir, Joaquin; Willian Jose.
ROMA SUBS: Pietro Boer, Mile Svilar, Andrea Belotti, Eldor Shomurodov, Matias Vina, Mady Camara, Marash Kumbulla, Leonardo Spinazzola, Edoardo Bove, Cristian Volpato, Filippo Tripi, Stephan El Shaarawy.
ROMA (5-3-2): Rui Patricio; Zeki Celik, Gianluca Mancini, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibanez, Nicola Zalewski; Bryan Cristante, Paulo Dybala, Nemanja Matic; Tammy Abraham, Nicolo Zaniolo.
Betis come into this one sitting pretty at the top of Europa League Group C. They've taken six points from their opening two fixtures and will be looking to maintain their leadership of the group with a strong performance on the road in Italy against Roma. They'll be smarting from last weekend in La Liga when they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Celta.
Roma come into this one third in Europa League Group C. They've taken three points from their opening two fixtures but could potentially climb to the top of the table should they win on home turf against Betis. They're coming into the game on the back of an impressive 2-1 win away at Internazionale in Serie A last weekend - they'll be confident.
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