Chievo recovered from a two goal deficit at the break to clutch a 2-2 draw against Roma today. Two goals from Fabio Simplicio in the first half put the Giallorossi in command on a difficult and muddy pitch.
Davide Moscardelli gave Chievo hope on the hour mark and Pablo Granoches scored the equaliser ten minutes from time before Daniele De Rossi was dismissed as he showed his frustration.
An error of judgement by Andrea Mantovani gifted Adriano with the first chance of the game in the 24th minute, but the Brazilian delayed his shot too long and the chance was wasted. Simplicio had realised that the only way to play was to keep the ball off the surface and he juggled it twice, first stealing it from Rigoni and then flicking it over Sorrentino to put Roma in front in the 26th minute. Simplicio's second goal just before half time epitomised how scrappy the game was. He lunged to divert Cassetti's low cross in off the post with his shin as Roma established a two-goal lead at the interval.
Moscardelli brought Chievo back into the game after 61 minutes and he appeared almost embarrassed to have done so, given how his shot fooled Julio Sergio with how it bounced off the ground just in front of the Roma goalkeeper. Simplicio almost completed his hat-trick five minutes later, but a despairing lunge by Cesar blocked his shot.
Chievo then sent the ball up the other end of the field via a cross from Moscardelli and a header from Bogliacino for Granoche to provide the finish with a shot under Julio Sergio. De Rossi lost his temper with the referee and took it out on Granoche with an ugly two-footed tackle which earned the Italy international a red card in the 86th minute. And there was more drama in the last minute when Sergio Pellissier almost grabbed all three points for Chievo, but his shot was blocked on the line by Philippe Mexes.