Dzeko’s double leads second half comeback as Roma put pressure on Juventus #35

Week 12Score: Roma 3 Sassuolo 1
– Mapei Stadium, Sassuolo
                Following three straight wins against Inter Milan, Napoli And Palermo Roma would return to action in their 10th match of the campaign in Serie A attempting to make in four wins in a row against Sassuolo . It would be a very important match it was the beginning of their run of matches against teams they should have no problem with beating. A win for Roma could cause separation with 3rd place AC Milan ultimately potentially making It a two-horse race between Roma and Juventus in the title race. Ac Milan beat Juventus last week only to fall to Genova on Tuesday. It was important for Roma not to drop points given the Situation. Sassuolo is a good team and would give Roma some problems early in the 1st half Sassaldo scored giving Roma there 1st deficit in weeks. Sassuolo took the lead into the 2nd half But the Red Hot Dzeko vaulted a comeback scoring two goals in the 2nd half taking his Serie A leading total to 10 goals. Than shortly after Dzeko’s 2nd goal Raja Nainggolan scored putting the game away for good making it 4 in a row. Still only 2point away from top of table however Alexandro Florenzi was taking off with an apparent knee injury it was later discovered it was an ACL tear he could miss the rest of the season but Roma are in great form at the moment they are the hottest team in Italy and should win their next few games without him.
                Today was finally the day Roma had been waiting for Antione Rudiger was cleared my doctors to return to the field The German International has been out with an ACL tear since early June before the Euros he has been rebilititating his knee for months but after mouths of medical treatment the long wait was over he was ready to return. He would be available on the bench has a possible substitution for the match he still hasn’t reached 100% but his return was very good for Roma’s defense going forward especially considering the injures they have at the moment. He was one of Roma’s best defenders a season ago, he made his permanent move to Roma over the summer after being on loan he has yet to play this season. Due to the injuries of Diego Perotti and Bruno Peres Luciano Spalletti didn’t go with his standard team but was a very similar team that he put out against Palermo a few days ago. Once again he went with the 5-4-1 it has been the main formation that Roma have used this season it has been very successful so far. In goal, would be Roma’s regular Wojciech Szcz?sny who is on his 2nd year loan from Arsenal has made 51 Appearances for Roma has been very good for the Romans since his arrival. The defensive line would stay pretty much the same since Bruno’s Injury Emerson would make his 2nd start of the season at left back returning to the starting line up at right back would be Roma captain Alexandro Florenzi than the two center backs would be Kostas Manolas and Fazio respectively. The defensive midfield would be taken by Kevin Strootmen getting his return to the starting 11 on the left and Longtime Roman Danielle De Rossi on the right. In the middle, it would be the attacking midfield unit as I like to call them the three-headed monster. Making up of Stephen El Shaarawy and Muhammad Salah on the wing with Raja Nainggolan in the center midfield position. Than Finally upfront as the lone striker would be the big man the Bosnian Tower the league’s top scorer Edin Dzeko. It Won’t be the easiest of games as Sassuolo are a decent side but the team Roma have this week is surely good enough to get the three points here especially considering the return Rudiger or as I like to call him the German Tank.
                The Romans arrived In Sassuolo Wednesday Night on very little rest having played a recently as Sunday in their 3-1 win over Palermo on just three days ago. This would be the beginning of a run of games in which Roma should easily win as they would enter the weaker part of their schedule. However, Sassuolo was the strongest of the bunch a very good side despite being in 11th they spilt wins with Roma last season as well as finishing 6th in Serie A earning a spot in the Europa league. With AC Milan losing Tuesday to Genova a win could create separation potentially making it a two-team race for the title with Roma and Juventus come out as the big boys as maybe Napoli as a third party. I know it’s early but with Inter and Fiorentina doing so poorly and AC Milan not having quite the consistency as well as Lazio just not having enough it just seems like a Roma vs Juve battle for the title. It is really important over this stretch to win every game they can to keep pace with Juventus with the Milan loss it was a big opportunity for Roma to come through. A loss or points dropped would mean it would go back to a 5point Juve lead at the top of Serie A. It would end up being a very good match Sassuolo isn’t on the quality of Roma but they have a weapon on their strike force that is a problem for every team he faces. Domenico Berardi is one of the best young strikers in Serie A. he has 56 goals in 127 appearances since his 1st season in 2012 as well as scoring 6 goals in 7 games this season. Roma would go in as heavy favorites but they would have to watch out for Sassulo’s 22-Year old striker he could pose a major threat on the winning streak. Roma would pose a major threat to Sassuolo as well with Red hot Edin Dzeko it will be the biggest match up of the game. Roma from out the gate were the better team leading on the stat sheet nothing new for them. They controlled the possession were making smart passes in all senses of it were the better team. However, unlike most of the teams they faced this season they were somehow able to keep up with Roma despite not being in control of the game they handled themselves very well and were attacking the weakness of the defense both teams have several chances but just 13 minutes in the impossible happened. Sassuolo on the attack had the ball in the corner of the box and crossed it into Napoli loanee and Italian veteran Paolo Cannavaro who took the cross and headed it home to give Sassulo the 1-0 lead just 20 minutes in. It was a very lucky goal but everyone was shocked that Roma were behind they hadn’t trailed in a game since the Torino last month. For me personally I was starting to panic a little in my mind I knew they would still win but points dropped here would be tough to take. It was an excellent goal but some of the defense weren’t in position on the play they were caught sleeping a little bit. It is something they need to improve on going forward. There were A lot of chances for Roma that they missed out on. They were getting in a scoring position constantly but just couldn’t finish them off it has been a slight concern this season. The battle continued and continued but that would be the only goal scored in the 1st half Roma would have just 45 minutes to make it up it was slightly concerning. Having the #1 attack in Italy and #4 attack in Europe they should be doing much better than what they did in the 1st 45mintues but this is the highest scoring team in Italy the last two season they have the weapons for a comeback.

 

               Despite being behind in the match Spalletti opted not to make any changes at the break. Despite not scoring Dzeko El Shaarawy Salah and Nainggolan were all in fine form. Roma continued to put the pressure on with great chances and opportunities to break through to a vault a comeback it took a little while but the moment would come for the Romans as they put their best foot forwards towards putting together a comeback. It would be yep you guessed it the Bosnian Tower Edin Dzeko once again, on a massive mistake by the Sassuolo backline. While Mohamed Salah was dribbling down field with defenders grabbing off at shirt the defender from the other direction played horrible man to man on him allowing him to send a near perfect pass to Dzeko the Bosnian captain was in a perfect position to score as the keeper came out to try and stop the goal Dzeko put it right past him into the bottom right hand corner for the goal to equalize 1-1. A wonderful goal but it must be said that the service Dzeko got was perfect Salah and Dzeko combining on a beautiful goal a world class assist by Salah. The Away support went absolute crazy with the goal it would be Dzeko’s league leading 9th goal of the season in Serie A. After the goal Roma had an injection of energy playing with much better success had prestige passing and all round look like they were about ready to take over the game. They realized even a draw wasn’t an acceptable result at this stage with Juventus winning their game it became a must win. Roma continued to pressure their defense time after to time after time getting a lot of good looks but it wasn’t falling quite yet it seemed it would only be a matter of time before they break through and take the lead. The Problem was it was getting late the window was closing to score than Roma would make their 1st sub of the game Leandro Paredes one of the goal scorers on Sunday would come in to replace Kevin Strootmen at Defensive midfield to try to help the team get that late goal. Several minutes after he came on the moment finally came. In the 74th minute Dzeko was putting together a scoring chance in the edge of the box than out of nowhere he was brought down by a violent tackle. The referee pointed to the Penalty spot as Roma were giving the penalty Sassulo Lirola was given the yellow card but many argued it should have been red. Diego Perotti Roma’s designated Penalty taker was out with injury and Totti was on the bench so Dzeko volunteered to take the Penalty. The Bosnian striker was given a chance to give Roma the lead it was one of the biggest kicks of the ball of the game. He stepped up and blasted in to the top left hand corner to give Roma the 2-1 lead scoring his 10th goal in 10 games in Serie A this season. Dzeko began to celebrate in front of the away support was mugged near the goal by several teammates. As it appeared the three points were heading back to Roma. Dzeko really has been top class this season I think he will continue to perform and show that he is the best Italy has to offer this season. Minutes after Dzeko’s 2nd goal of the game Roma would score again putting the game away for good. Stephen El Shaarawy after receiving a pass near the middle of the pitch went Leo Messi on the defense beating four defenders on his way to the goal than took the shot. It was than saved but Raja Nainggolan would pick up the scrapes to put it in the back of the net for his 1st goal of the season making it 3-1. Several minutes later Florenzi jumped to try and head the ball and fell holding his knee he appeared to be in a lot of pain as he was carried off on a stretcher it would be later Revealed that he had been diagnosed with a ruptured Anterior cruciate ligament known as ACL the timetable would be unclear at the moment but will probably miss the rest of the season. Ironically Antione Rudiger would make his return to replace him who just recovered from that exact same injury. Roma would also bring in Totti for EL Shaarawy who has been in great form lately. Rudiger would play very well in his return he looked great so happy to see him out there again. It would end 3-1 after their come from behind victory.
                The win would take Roma to 22points earning their 4th win in a Row still only trail Juventus by two points. After Roma’s win against Sassuolo they play Empoli Sunday than to follow that up they play Bologna & Atalanta all three very easy games against teams near the bottom of the table before it gets a little more diffcult again. they will follow up the next three with one of the biggest games of the season The Derby Della Capatile their big Rivalry against enemy’s Lazio. Another great performance by Roma but feel sad with the possible absence of Florenzi for the rest of the season. Florenzi is the vocal leader on the defense their best defender and their captain it will surely be missed and we wish him a speedy recover. However, on the bright side Rudiger is now back and he plays the same position Spalletti may be forced to start him right away. All in all, roma are doing very well this season have put same real pressure on Juventus and they are without a doubt the team with the best chance to take them down.

MAN, OF THE MATCH: Edin Dzeko
Next Game In Serie A: @ Empoli October 30th
Next Game In Europa: @ Austria Wein November 3rd

BY THE NUMBERS
Roma
Shots: 16
On Target: 5
Possession: 62%
Passes: 425
Pass Accuracy: 82%
Corners: 11

Sassuolo
Shots: 16
On Target: 3
Possession: 38%
Passes: 228
Pass Accuracy: 70%
Corners: 5
TOP OF THE TABLE
1.Juventus 8-0-2 24pts
2. Roma 7-1-2 22Pts
3. Napoli 6-2-2 20Pts
4. AC Milan 6-1-3 19Pts
5. Lazio 5-3-2 18pts

BOTTOM OF THE TABLE
16. Udinese 3-1-5 10Pts
17. Pescara 1-4-5 7Pts
18. Palmero 1-3-5 6Pts
19. Empoli 1-3-6 6Pts
20. Crotone 0-2-8 2Pts

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