A night that should have been remembered for the return of Jersey’s own Michael Bradley or the unique club v. national team encounter itself was overshadowed by trash being thrown on the pitch, altercations both on and off the field and an invasion that put a halt to the proceedings.
An El Salvador heavy crowd was absolutely raucous as Roma took home a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena. Security was no match for the just under 15,000 fans in attendance, who became more and more rowdy as the game drew to a close.
Roma took a lead in the 2nd minute thanks to a goal by Pablo Osvaldo. Salvador’s Isidro Gutierrez tied the match to open the 2nd half.
The goal awoke an already antsy crowd. Roma’s Panagiotis Tachtsidis would send them over the edge after nailing Figuero with a head butt, earning him an ejection in the second half.
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Trash and beverages rained down from the upper and lower decks as tensions escalated. Even Roma’s Bojan Krkic, who managed to put in the winning goal on the night, took a bottle to the head for his efforts. As the game drew to a close, a pitch invader put a stop to play while more bottles littered the Arena floor.
Roma rounded out their American tour undefeated, but this last match surely did not leave a good taste in their mouths. Prior to the match, head coach Zdeněk Zema admitted he did not know much, if anything, about the El Salvador team.
Now, he likely won’t forget them or his team’s trip to Red Bull Arena.