Kolarov Saves the Day with free kick Dagger as Roma top Torino in Turin #122

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Score: A.S Roma 1 Torino 0FT

Stadio Grande Torino, Turin

Following Roma’s 3-3 come from behind in a thriller against Premier league champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday in the champions league Roma would return to league play. Coming off a narrow lost to Napoli in their least game in the league to Romans would look to get back in winning ways as they would travel to the Stadio Grande Torino to take on Torino in Turin. Torino came into the match the injury crisis been with out their star Striker Andrea Belotti which will give Roma a huge advantage. Roma split their two games with Torino a season ago but Roma have a pretty outstanding track record against Torino being unbeaten in the last 14 of the last 15 meeting between the two sides. It was important for Roma to do their job given how competitive Serie A has been this season as they kicked off their 8th match of this years serie a campaign. The first half was rather dull Torino played scared and just tried to park the bus. There was very little action in the first half there were a few shots here and their but nothing solid. In the second half the game began to open up a little bit as Roma started getting into good space to score but the later it got the more it looked like it was going to be a draw Roma was after it but were contained. Late in the game with about 20 odd minutes to go Roma were given a free kick in a dangerous area. Aleksandar Kolarov blasted a free kick top corner to give Roma the 1-0 lead late. Roma would get a few more chances but the lone goal was enough as Roma get back into winning ways it wasn’t pretty but in this years title race a win is a win taking Roma to 18pts with a game back Kolarov saves the day once again for Roma.            

 

             Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco despite seeing his side earn an inspiring draw against Chelsea in London. He would made several changes to his side while keeping some of is regulars in there. Roma once again as usually lined up with Di Francesco’s accustom  4-3-3 formation. In goal would be the big Brazilian Alisson Becker a player who has done very well this season after getting the starting job at the beginning of the season. In the back their would be two changes to the defense but did start two of the same players from Wednesday night. At left back one of the unsung hero’s in the in the Chelsea game Aleksandar Kolarov. Next to him would be Juan Jesus with another start at center back. Paring up with him as the other center back would be Hector Moreno who would make his first start since joining from PSV Eindhoven over the summer. Then to make up the defense would be Alexandro Florenzi who would be making a return to the defense after playing further forward the last few games. Their would be two changes in Roma’s central midfield; with Roma Captain Danielle De Rossi returning to the starting lineup as the seasoned veteran would take his center midfield position as he replaces Maxime Gonalons. Lorenzo Pellegrini would take the left central midfielder spot coming in for Gerson. Getting another start on the right side would be Kevin Strootman to fill out the central midfield. In the front three to make up the three headed monster would be; El Shaarawy on the left wing coming in for Diego Perotti then on the opposite side on the left would be one of the world’s best Radja Nainggolan. Then finally up front as the main striker coming off his infectious two goal performance the RED HOT  Roman scoring machine Edin Dzeko. The striker has scored 10 goals in 10 goals this season as he continues to score goals for fun. Off the bench for Roma we see the return of Patrik Schick as well as several other options going forward another strong Roma side.        

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Roma would arrive to the Stadio Grande Torino is confident mood after Wednesday’s outstanding performance against Chelsea. Meanwhile Torino were tense not having their star striker Andrea Belotti available they would be undermanned at the striker position. After speculation the game would kick off in Turin on this Sunday afternoon. Early doors it Roma would be in complete and udder control of possession forcing Torino to chase. However it was Torino who had the first chance of the game. Torino didn’t have very many chances in this game but this would be the closest one. In the opening 5 minutes Roma loanee Umar Sadiq tried a shot from distance a very well hit ball but was a little wide. It was a very dry first half with Torino pulling a Mourinho and parked the bus as it seemed they were playing for the draw. It continued to be a dry game that lacked an aggressiveness attack it did seem that Torino was too scared to concede so they drew back an aggressive attack. A little over 20 minutes in the game Dzeko had a chance despite Torino’s stone wall defense.  Lorenzo Pellegrini sent a cross into Dzeko the service was good as Dzeko connected on the header but the ball went a little over as Roma came quite close to taking the lead. a short while later Roma would have another chance despite Torino’s best efforts. Radja Nainggolan tried to strike it from the side of the box but the ball was a little high. Roma continued to get into space Roma had another chance as El Shaarawy found Florenzi but his strike from deep missed to the left. Sadiq Umar tried to get Torino a little more involved in the action when he tried to get in on goal after receiving a through ball from former Roma boy Adem Ljajic but his shot misfired. Moments later Kolarov missed from deep then Near the very end of the half Roma had a chance to go up.  Aleksandar Kolarov off a corner found Kevin Strootman and the Dutch international fired the ball at the goal from the six yard box a very close chance but he just missed. At end of the half it was even in 0-0 game but Roma looked like they were coming.   

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Nainggolan and Pellegrini try to ignite Roma in the second half

               In what has turned out to a rather dull game due to Torino’s decision to park the bus however going into the second half Roma would have the momentum going forward with a few chances prior to the second half. In the second half Roma began to open up getting a few more chances through the cracks. About 5 minutes into the half Roma got a great chance when Lorenzo Pellegrini sent in a cross to Kevin Strootman but Strootman’s header was a bit high . Roma would rapidly get another chance but it was a poor one as Radja Nainggolan’s strike from distance was just too high. The Roma chances continued to come this time it would be a captains contribution Danielle De Rossi would strike from deep but once again too high for Roma. A few moments later Adem Ljajic came close for Torino his strike from out the box was close but missed. Roma would then make their first change of the game Cengiz Under would get another chance to develop with some solid minutes the young Turk would be coming in for Pellegrini who I thought did a terrific job gave excellent service today.  Stephan El Shaarawy tried to unite a break using his pace just coasting past defenders he would be brought down by Lorenzo De Silvestri in a dangerous area. Roma would be giving a free kick that was very much in range of Aleksandar Kolarov. Then the moment happened in the 69th minute Aleksandar Kolarov curled it over the wall into the top left corner to give Roma the 1-0 lead. It would be his second goal from a free kick this season and his third goal in total. It was a masterful display of class from the Serb the keeper did everything he could to save it but the defender delivered  to give Roma the lead late.     DEDEDEDSA

Kolarov’s Dagger Wins It for Roma late 

Shortly after Kolarov’s goal Roma got another chance a few minutes later. Kolarov set a chance for the Turkish youngster Cengiz Under. Cengiz hit it really well from outside the box but the keeper got to the ball to make the save. Torino would try to attack with M’Baye Niang as he gave Torino their last chance of the game. M’Baye Niang hit a ball from the right side of the box but once again Torino was off target on the shot. Late in the game Roma brought in Diego Perotti for Stephan El Shaarawy as well as brining in Former Torino boy Bruno Peres for Alessandro Florenzi. Just before the 90th minute The Turkish youngster got in another chance as Cengiz took shot from the center of the box but was saved by the keeper. Cengiz did very well for the amount of time he was given id like to see more of him this season so he can continue to develop his skills. In stoppage time Bruno Peres nearly got a goal against his old side. The Brazilian took a well hit shot from the right side of the box just missing by inches. The ref would blow the whistle to end the game as Roma leave The Grade Torino as narrow 1-0 winners thanks to Kolarov’s free kick to Earn a hard fought win in Turin. 

 

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Roma Legend Totti Smiling as he watches his old club get the three points away from home 

            

                In what many would of thought would have been a much bigger score line the two sides battled it in a slightly dull game. Kolarov’s free kick ultimately saving the day for Roma leaving it very late as the Roman pulled off a very narrow victory against a team that just doesn’t have anywhere near the quality that Roma has. Not only that but Torino were without their best player Andréa Belotti who isn’t just a key part of the team he is THE team without him Torino are hopeless. As far is the game goes Torino’s objective was clear from the very beginning they were playing for the draw. They were trying to park the bus to get the point something they eventually failed for Torino this strategy made it very difficult for Roma to score because their initial reaction is to defend this made the game very dull. Roma weren’t great today but they went after it when ever they could. I don’t actually have a problem with the way Torino played but I think you should always play for the win. Torino didn’t really attack Roma goal at all Alisson didn’t even see one shot on target. This wasn’t an amazing performance by Roma either but when the chance came Kolarov delivered he really is turning into such a great signing at 5 million this is looking like a robbery. My Man of the Match goes to Aleksandar Kolarov with his free kick he brought down Torino’s defensive wall to give Roma the three points. In the late stages of the game Roma had a few more chances due to Torino being forced to open up which left them a little bit exposed. Cengiz Under got another run out late on its very important for him to give some run out this kid is going to be star for the club so its very important for him to given a chance to develop. Roma also in this game had a very good defensive game plan. Hector Moreno did well during his first Roma start as slipped into his role vacated by injured Kostas Manolas. He looked very confrontable I hope to see him get more solid minutes as the season progresses. A rather ugly win but in this season all the points count. Roma follow up this game Roma return home to face off against bottom feeders Crotone a game where Roma should find quite easy. A grind it out win shows that Roma are cable of big things this season this is a new look Roma team that was just assumed over the summer so its good to seem them doing well early Di Francesco continues to do a great job with this group ugly or not wins like these are important.

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Aleksandar Kolarov (2)

KOLA ROF

Next Game: vs FC Crotone, Wednesday  October 25th, 2017  

BY THE NUMBERS
A.S Roma
Shots: 14
On Target: 3
Possession: 62%
Passes: 378
Pass Accuracy: 81%
Torino
Shots: 5
On Target:6
Possession: 38%
Passes: 252
Pass Accuracy: 70%

Top Of the Table
1.S.S Napoli 8-0-0 24Pts
2. Inter Milan 7-2-1 23Points
3. Juventus 7-1-0 22Points
4. S.S Lazio 7-1-1 22Points
5. A.S Roma 6-0-2 18Points (One Game In Hand)

Bottom Of the Table
16. Crotone 1-2-5 5Points
17. Verona 1-3-5 6Points
18. Crotone 1-2-5 5Points
19. SPAL 1-2-6 5Points
20. Benevento 0-0-7 0Points

 

League Round up 

0 Benevento  3 Fiorentina FT

Atalanta 1 Bologna 0 FT

Milan 0 Genoa 0FT

Udinese 2 Juventus 6 FT

 

Lazio 3Cagliari 0FT

Sampdoria 5 Crotone 0FT

Inter Milan 0 Napoli 0 FT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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