Roma forced to make THREE substitutions in the first half in a bizarre wave of injuries against Manchester United in the Europa League semi-finals … with goalkeeper Pau Lopez among those forced in front of the visitors
- Roma saw three of their players forced out in the first half at Old Trafford
- The Italian side suffered injuries in the confrontation with Manchester United
- Jordan Veretout left injured within five minutes of the start of the game
- Goalkeeper Pau Lopez followed before Leonardo Spinazzola also retired
Roma were forced to make three changes in the first half in a bizarre setback in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final against Manchester United.
Jordan Veretout lasted less than five minutes for the visitors at Old Trafford, before stopping when he tried to run from Luke Shaw.
The Italian side’s goalkeeper Pau Lopez made a smart save to deny Paul Pogba just before the hour, but he went straight down after holding his shoulder and couldn’t go any further.
Jordan Veretout had to leave the field against Manchester United within five minutes
Goalkeeper Pau Lopez sustained a shoulder injury and saved a Paul Pogba and was unable to continue
Lopez tried to swing and loosen his shoulder in an attempt to continue, but 37-year-old backup goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was used for his first European appearance of the season.
Leonardo Spinazzola was involved in Roma’s second goal with a good run down the left wing, but he became the last player to hold up and was forced off and replaced by Bruno Peres.
Owen Hargreaves was full of praise for Spinazzola’s contribution while on the pitch, although he criticized United’s defense.
“(Spinazzolas) was fantastic, he played so well in the first half,” Hargreaves said on BT Sport.
Roma fell behind early but went into half-time 2-1 after Edin Dzeko gave the visitors the lead
If you have two defensive midfielders playing for the back four, one of the two has to pick up Pellegrini.
“You get caught looking at the ball, it runs in, it is a great ball and it is a really good goal from Roma.”
All injuries meant that the two teams played an extra five minutes at the end of the first half.
While teams are allowed to have five substitutions in the Europa League, they can only be substituted three times, or at half time.
Because Roma did not make any changes during the break, the visitors cannot make any more changes in the second period.
Leonardo Spinazzola had to deal a big blow to the visitors after he shone in the first half