Gervinho managed to be fit for this game—which had seemed unlikely during the week. He started the game at a lightning pace, but Roma lacked a cutting edge up front—the combination of confidence and composure that is usually inspired by Francesco Totti.
Young Adem Ljajic was excellent but probably should have found the net in the first half, when the Serbian was particularly impressive and caused Inter real problems at the back. Likewise, Mattia Destro, who had a goal ruled offside, wasn't as incisive as he might have been.
Those three are fine players, but they're more impressive when playing with their captain, whose absence was noticeable.
Another player who was sorely missed was former Inter man Maicon. Vasilis Torosidis isn't a bad player, but the Brazilian full-back offers far more going forward and always seems to unleash Gervinho more effectively than his Greek counterpart.
Had he and Roma's famous No. 10 been fit, this game would have been very different.