Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Italy

Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti © Action Images

Pressure grows on Zeman as Roma lose



AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman was left facing an uncertain future after his side were thumped 4-2 at home by Cagliari in Serie A in front of their angry home supporters on Friday.

Rumours of Zeman's demise have been circulating in the Italian media all week after a terrible run of form has left Roma nine points off the third Champions League spot.

They are without a win in five games since the winter break and remain in eighth place on 34 points, three behind behind AC Milan who occupy the second Europa League slot.

Hardcore fans in the Olympic Stadium's curva sud began calling from the manager's head after Cagliari's fourth goal, unfurling a banner that read "Boemo (Bohemian, Zeman's nickname) out", before turning their backs on the game.

But Zeman was defiant after the match, saying he will not step down because of one bad result. "I'm not even going to think about resigning over one game," he said.

"I saw the directors after the game but we didn't talk about specifics, only about a game that went very badly."

Cagliari's victory takes them up to 14th on 24 points after their impressive counter-attacking display.

SMART GOAL

Radja Nainggolan's smart third-minute goal put them ahead but a thumping free-kick 10 minutes before halftime by Roma captain Francesco Totti levelled the scores.

A terrible mistake from Roma keeper Mauro Goicoechea gifted Cagliari the lead two minutes into the second half when, under no pressure, he dropped Danilo Avelar's cross into the net.

"What can you say about the second goal? In football people make mistakes, and unfortunately this time we made them," said Zeman.

Eight minutes later Marco Sau extended Cagliari's lead when he leapt above his marker to head home Victor Ibarbo's pinpoint cross.

Francesco Pisano compounded Zeman's misery when he calmly tucked home his first goal of the season after Sau's curling shot cracked against the crossbar and fell to the defender.

Marquinho scored an injury time goal for Roma but Zeman will have to work very hard to convince the club's unhappy supporters that the season is not totally lost.

"We played badly, we deserved to lose," added the coach. "Today there was lots of desire but not a lot of brains. Desire by itself isn't enough and won't ever be enough."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Live Video Streaming

Thu, 24 Apr @ 05:00
Fri, 25 Apr @ 07:00
Fri, 25 Apr @ 07:30
Fri, 25 Apr @ 09:30

Sports Talk



Azwihangwisi Mukhuba
Musona-less Chiefs' title hopes fading
Kaizer Chiefs announced that their star striker Knowledge Musona will be out of action for the rest...

Neil Tovey
Reason to feel Chippa
Winning automatic promotion to the PSL is always a fine achievement. Chippa United, however,...

Abiye Opuamah
Sacking Moyes the right decision?
As the news of David Moyes’s sacking reverberates around the football community, there will be more...

Carol Radull
Was Moyes's appointment deliberate?
I know every football blogger in the world has to blog about David Moyes this week and since I’m...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Finally Moyes is out of his misery
Finally emotions have been replaced by common sense and David Moyes has been put out of his misery...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Coach's behaviour appalling, could lead to deaths of referees
The recent after match comments by the coach of EPL club Chelsea is nothing short of appalling and...