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ITALIAN SERIE A

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
1 AS Roma 1 0 0 3
2 Genoa 1 0 0 3
3 Chievo 1 0 0 3
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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Roma boss Luciano Spalletti calls team 'naive' for red cards in UCL exit

FC's Gab Marcotti breaks down the lack of Italian teams succeeding in the UCL, citing Roma's abysmal match against FC Porto.

Roma manager Luciano Spalletti said he "can't understand why" his side picked up so many "naive" red cards as they crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Thomas Vermaelen was unavailable for the second leg against Porto after being sent off in Portugal, and Daniele De Rossi and Emerson Palmieri also saw red in the return leg as Roma fell 3-0 and 4-1 on aggregate.

Neither player could have any real complaint after clumsy tackles, and Spalletti was at a loss to explain them.

"What happened...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

UCL: Roma see red and fall to Porto, Celtic hang on to reach group stage

Roma's Champions League campaign is over before it began, losing 3-0 to Porto and earning two red cards in the process.

Roma crashed out of the Champions League before the group stage following two more red cards in a 3-0 home defeat to Porto on Tuesday.

After Thomas Vermaelen had been sent off in the 1-1 first leg, Daniele De Rossi and Emerson followed in Rome as Porto advanced to the group stage.

Felipe opened the scoring in the eighth minute, heading in a free kick at the far post.

Porto reached the Champions League group stage by defeating Roma on Tuesday.

De Rossi, starting at centre-back in place of Vermaelen, was dismissed in the 39th minute for a clumsy tackle on Maxi...

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Luciano Spalletti: No room for nerves in Roma squad ahead of Porto clash

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson predict which of the top clubs will join the group stage in the Champions League.

Roma boss Luciano Spalletti says he doesn't want any nervous players on his team ahead of a crucial Champions League playoff second leg against Porto this week.

The Italian side will be without defender Thomas Vermaelen after his red card in the first leg, a 1-1 draw at the Estadio do Dragao last week.

But with a spot on the group stage in the balance at the Stadio Olimpico, Spalletti urged his team to go on the attack.

"We want to take the game to them -- we are not going...

 By Ben Gladwell

Thomas Vermaelen criticised by Roma boss Spalletti for red card on debut

Roma earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Portugal after the sending off of Thomas Vermaelen and will decide the tie with Porto back at the Olympis Stadium.
Thomas Vermaelen
Thomas Vermaelen did not make it to half-time of his Roma debut.

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti criticised new signing Thomas Vermaelen for getting sent off on his debut for the club in the 1-1 draw at Porto in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday.

Vermaelen, 30, joined the Giallorossi from Barcelona last week but only lasted 41 minutes of his first match for his new side after receiving two yellow cards at the Estadio do Dragao.

Roma head into the second leg next week with a slight advantage due to their away goal, but Spalletti felt they...