Roma and Chievo Verona played to a 0-0 draw in an Italian Serie A game on March 8 in a game which saw 19-year-old Federico Mattiello of Chievo break his leg in a gruesome injury. The Italian youngster is currently at loan with Chievo from reigning Serie A champions Juventus and was taken off the pitch by stretcher after clashing with Roma’s Radja Nainggolan. The result meant Roma dropped a pair of points in their chase for the title and they’re now eight points back of Juventus.
Mattiello suffered the serious injury after just 16 minutes had gone by in the game at Verona. Video replays showed the player’s lower right leg bending after running into Nainggolan and initial reports out of Italy stated that Mattiello had broken both his fibula and tibia. The young midfielder will now be out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. When he was carried off the pitch Mattiello received a standing ovation from the fans and both sets of players.
Mattiello was playing in just his third contest with Chievo after he joined the side in January from Juventus. He looked impressive in his short stint with his new side and is regarded as one of his nation’s top young prospects. Both Roma and Chievo players were visibly shaken at the sight of the injury and it took a few minutes for them to get back into the flow of things after the game restarted.
Both teams had decent scoring chances, but they were either thwarted by the goaltenders or the shots missed the target. It was a big point for Chievo since they’re now half a dozen above the relegation zone. However, the two points dropped definitely hurt Roma’s chances of catching Juventus for the Serie A lead.