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Outside of Europe, Real will lick their wounds in the League. In the most refined Mourinho style, Roma came out of Anoeta alive, without conceding a goal and managing the advantage of Olímpico (2-0). The harassment from San Sebastian was as brutal as it was sterile before the wall that the Portuguese set up. Of reinforced concrete.


Remiro, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Diego Rico, Gorosabel (Alex Sola, min. 70), David Silva, Brais (Mohamed Ali-Cho, min. 78), Martín Zubimendi, Merino, Sörloth (Carlos Fernández, min. 62) and Oyarzabal (Take Kubo, min. 70)



Rui Patrício, Smalling, Gianluca Mancini, Ibañez, Leonardo Spinazzola, Cristante, Lorenzo Pellegrini (Edoardo Bove, min. 87), Karsdorp (Nicola Zalewski, min. 41), Wijnaldum, Belotti (Tammy Abraham, min. 75) and Paulo Dybala (El Shaarawy, min. 75)


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yellow cards Karsdorp (min. 5), Zubeldia (min. 12), Gianluca Mancini (min. 16), Diego Rico (min. 38), Carlos Fernández (min. 87) and Smalling (min. 97)

Roma wanted to play little and little was played, between interruptions, medical assistance and other incidents, some of them involving the referee, who became a suspicious figure five times when the ball hit him. And so Mourinho was happy, walking through the technical area, with his hands in his pockets, listening to the crowd in the stands shouting, but without this push having an impact on Real, because the people from San Sebastian moved close to the area, but couldn’t find the spaces inside. There only imperial red shirts were seen.

To the other side, Roma did little, although they silenced the stands when a shot from Dybala hit Zubeldia, misled Remiro and he missed a corner by centimeters. Oyarzabal was well supported, his freshness was missing, and Silva’s ingenuity only came to encourage shots from afar. Those of Brais and Merino were blocked by Rui Patricio without hesitation. But each Roman arrival was a suffering, and Imanol breathed when Smalling finished off a corner kick and scored, although the VAR concluded that the ball had hit him in the arm.

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In the second half, the same or more. He played Roma to the madness of Real. The Italian doctors worked more than the forwards with so much outpatient assistance; playing more than five minutes without interruptions became impossible. Real pressed as if there was no tomorrow, which there was not, and between the impenetrable visitor’s defense and poor fortune, the minutes passed without the score coming on.

Shortly before saying goodbye, Oyarzabal had a double opportunity, one of those that always comes in, in a corner kick that he finished off two steps from the goal. He crashed the first shot at Rui Patricio; the second, with the goalkeeper on the ground, hit the crossbar and fell to the line. A while later, Zubeldia’s shot went over the top. The San Sebastian team did not find a way despite the siege, and everything continued like that until the end. Mourinho won his style.

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