September 12, 2017 / 8:41 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Roma cling on for draw thanks to Alisson heroics

ROME, Sept 12 (Reuters) - AS Roma clung on a for a 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid in their opening Champions League group-stage game thanks to a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Alisson on Tuesday.

The Serie A side were also indebted to a superb goal-line clearance by Kostas Manolas from Koke, immediately followed by another Alisson save, in the first half of the Group C game.

The Serie A side have a dismal recent record in the Champions League and Tuesday’s result extended their winless run in the competition, including qualifying matches, to seven games.

Alisson saved his best for stoppage time when he dived low to his left to block Saul Iniguez’s downward header and the Atletico player then fired the rebound over from point-blank range. (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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