Score: A.S Roma 1 FC Crotone 0FT
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Following Roma’s 1-0 win over Torino in Turin Roma would be back at it yet again for their second game in many days. Roma’s third game in a week after road games against Chelsea in the Champions League and Torino in the league Roma’s busy schedule would continue as they travel back home. The Giallorossi would welcome FC Crotone to the Stadio Olimpico for the 9th match of Roma’s Serie A campaign. Roma have only faced Crotone twice in their history both meeting coming last year. Roma ended up winning both meetings last season in their 4-0 and 2-0 wins respectively. Roma has started the season quite well this season winning 6 of 8 games so far this season; while Crotone find themselves in a relegation battle once again as they find themselves just as one spot above the Relegation zone. Roma would go into the game as big favorites expecting to dominate the game. Due to the fact Crotone is an inferior opponent Roma rested several starters and gave some of their younger players a chance to start. As we would have expected Roma looked like the better side since the first kick of the ball Roma controlled possession and got several chances early. Just 10 minutes in Roma were given a penalty Diego Perotti would put it in the back of the back of the net to give Roma the early first half lead. Roma continued pressure the Crotone backline throughout the first half but were unable to break through again Roma went into the first half with the 1-0 lead. In the second half Roma continued to terrorize Crotone’s back line throughout the second half Roma continued to attack but Crotone defensive strategy prevented what could of been more embarrassing. Several Roma starters rested in this game a full strength side could of seen a much more deflated score line Roma would hold on to get the three points at home. As The league’s best defense get another clean sheet as Alisson now stands on top of with the leagues most shutouts. Another hard fought win for the Romans as key players get much needed rest.
Eusebio Di Francesco went once again with the 4-3-3 formation Roma’s accustom formation one that unlikely to change throughout the season. Eusebio Di Francesco would make some very interesting changes to Roma’s lineup as he would give some of Roma ‘s youngsters a chance to prove themselves. In goal for the Romans would be the BIG Brazilian Alisson Becker Roma’s number one is jointed clean sheet leader in Serie A this season with 5 clean sheets he has been in terrific form so far this season. At left back would be Aleksandar Kolarov he has been red hot as of late having scored in two games in a row been the anchor at left back as he has started every game this season. Next to him at left center back would be Mexico International Hector Moreno getting his second start for Roma after getting his first start last week. Bedside him as the right center back would be Federico Fazio replacing Juan Jesus this move with give Roma size in the back. Finally at right back would be Rick Karsdorp the 22-year old would be making his first Roma appearance after joining from Dutch Champions Feyenoored in the summer. In the central midfield their would be two changes coming in Replacing Roma captain Danielle De Rossi at Center mid would be Maxime Gonalons the French international has done well when he has played this season. He assisted Dzeko wonder goal against Chelsea with a cross from the half way line. Next to him on the left side would be Brazilian youngster Gerson as he would come in to replace Kevin Strootman who was rested. It would be his first start in Serie A this season. On the right side it would be the World class Radja Nainggolan. He would drop down to the midfield after playing up front last week the midfielder would serve as captain in this one. In the front three their would also be a few adjustments made for this game. On the left wing Diego Perotti would come in for Stephen El Shaarawy then on then opposite side Turkish Youngster Cengiz Under would make his third start of the season as he would come in for Lorenzo Pellegrini I’m happy he is getting more chances to develop himself this season. Then Finally up front as the main striker would be the Roman scoring machine Edin Dzeko the Bosnian has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season. A strong side with some youngsters getting chances to start as a few Roma starters were rested.
Roma would return home and be greeted by many fans as the Giallorossi supporters were exited to see their team back. After speculations and predictions we were ready as the players arrived to the Stadio Olimpico looking to pick up another three points. Before the match got underway A portion of Ann Frank’s diary was read prior to the match in response to Lazio supporters holding signs with Ann Frank in a Roma kit expressing messages of Anti Semitic behavior. After the captains shook hands the match got underway in Rome as this Wednesday night football match kicked off. From the very start of the game Roma had to advantage even with many regulars their Roma still looked like a much better team. Very early in the game Kolarov game Roma their first chance of the game. Diego Perotti found Kolarov on the left side of the box the Serb hit the ball to the left of the box a well hit shot but just missed. Just a few moments later Kolarov ran at the Crotone defense attacking the goal but he was caught in the box as Rolando Mandragora brought down the defender. The referee would point to the spot as a penalty was given to the Romans. Penalty specialist Diego Perotti would step to take it with the chance to give Roma the early lead in the 10th minute. The Argentine International slotted it into the bottom left corner to give Roma the early lead It would be Diego Perotti’s first goal of the season. After the goal Roma got right back to it again as they were in complete control of the game as they were dominating possession with over 70% in their favor. A little less then ten minutes later Crotone gave up a free kick in dangerous position. A very dangerous thing to do we all know Kolarov’s free kick abilities. Aleksandar Kolarov hit a long range free kick with great power and accuracy but Crotone got some luck as his shot his the cross bar denying Roma a sure second goal. The once again this season has been very unkind to Roma. Roma has hit the bar more times this season then any team in Italy. Crotone made it far to easy for Roma they were losing the ball quite decisively allowing the Romans to attack quite frequently. About 20 minutes in the game Edin Dzeko made his first impact on the game. Aleksandar Kolarov sent in a cross from a corner he connected with Dzeko but his header from inside the box was a little too high. A minute later Crotone actually had a chance when Mario Sampirisi connected with Andrea Nalini on a cross but his header didn’t challenge Alisson. Crotone tried to attack in several instances but was denied by the leagues best defense Karsdorp looked very good at first look. The defense was excellent working cohesively as a unit. As the half was nearing its end Edin Dzeko had a few chances. Dzeko came close just past the half hour mark. While in great space Dzeko hit the ball from the six yard box coming very close just missing to the left. A few minutes later he had another chance Dzeko hit the ball from the center of the box but sadly it was dealt with by the keeper. The just before the break Diego Perotti sent in an exceptionally well hit cross to connected with Dzeko but the Bosnian header went just wide. After the first half Roma would have the 1-0 leads thanks to an early penalty by Perotti.
Diego Perotti Puts away his first half penalty to give Roma the early lead
Going into the second half Crotone was very lucky not to have been down by more goals Crotone were just sloppy giving away the ball far too easily. They also didn’t really create anything going forward. While Roma had a lot going forward and had a fair share of chances. Early into the second half Dzeko had a great chance as Roma was nearly in once again. Dzeko fired a powerful shot on the side of the box but once again Roma ran into the bar. This season crossbar is clearly not on their side. Three mintues later Roma would get another chance. Aleksandar Kolarov sent a cross ito Dzeko; the Bosnian stroke the ball from the side of the box but it would be saved. Another good effoert from Dzeko he has given the effort and at the end of the day that’s all you can ask from your striker. Following that chance Perotti had a clean look as he fired in a shot from deep but the Crotone defense got in the way of the shot. Roma would then make their first change of the Grégoire Defrel came in for Turkish youngster Cengiz Under. Despite not making the biggest difference in the game I thought he played well and looked good on the ball. Defrel would make is first appearance in many weeks having recently come off injury. Following the change Fazio, Gonalons and Defrel all had shots blocked. Crotone was doing their very best to not concede again. Gerson with about 20 minutes remaining had a opportunity to kill the game off when Grégoire Defrel connected with the young Brazilian Gerson took a well taken shot was it was a little wide. Roma would then make their second change as Gerson was subbed off what I thought was a quite but good performance he passed very well and is really getting the hang of this league. Coming in to replace him would be Lorenzo Pellegrini. After the change Roma would had a scoring chance with a little over 10 minutes remaining. Defrel’s shot from outside the box came very close but just missed to the left. Just a few minutes later Roma would go to their bench to make their final change of the night. Rick Karsdorp would come off after an excellent debut to replace him to get a few minutes would be Alexandro Florenzi. Very late in the match their would a few more chances to score. Prior to the 90th minute Florenzi sent in a cross to Fazio off a free kick Fazio did a good job to get his head to it but just missed. In stoppage time Aleksandar Kolarov received a brilliant cross from Perotti but Kolarov’s shot went wide. Then at the way end Edin Dzeko had one last chance after receiving a good pass from Nainggolan Dzeko shot in the corner but was saved. Nainggolan was excellent defensively stealing the ball whenever he pleased not to mention his accurate passing but didn’t really contribute with the attack but did a good job to find Dzeko despite the miss. After 90Mintues Roma earn a well deserved three points on wards and upwards as they will be back here Sunday waiting for Bologna as Eusebio Di Francesco and the Roman army will be ready to do the business once again.
Rick Karsdorp get his first taste of Italian football as he brings the ball forward in the second half
Roma pick up their second win in a row in a narrow 1-0 win for the Giallorossi a game that could have quite easily been more lopsided. Roma playing their third game in a week Eusebio Di Francesco rested several of Roma’s regulars to give them some much needed rest. Danielle De Rossi, Stephen El Shaarawy, Kevin Strootman, Bruno Peres, Juan Jesus all were rested and Alexandro Florenzi was rested as well but came on in the second half. So it wasn’t a full strength side Roma have a hectic scdudule over the next few weeks so it was important to give some players rest going forward it could of been a different game even all the regulars were they but it gave Roma a chance to give some of their younger players some really solid minutes. Roma did however start Edin Dzeko, Radja Nainggolan and Diego Perotti to give Roma as reassurance that they would still have enough to pick up the crucial three points. The match was mostly dominated by Roma as you would expect they really applied the pressure for a large portion of the game Crotone as second best in practically every area and their passing was atrocious. They also gifted away possession very often they were average at best all day they were very lose with the ball and were very lucky not to conceded more. Crotone much like Torino went very defensive it other words parked the bus. Despite just the Penalty goal Roma were sharp from start very accurate and well timed passing as Roma completed a season record 725 passes they were excellent had many more chances and could of score a few more on another deal. My man of the Match goes to Diego Perotti in this one. He not only scored the penalty but created many chances for Roma passed the ball very well and had a great all around game. The Roman youngsters got a good run out as well Gerson and Cengiz I thought did very well in this match getting good first team experience. Rick Karsdorp got his debut for Roma and I thought he did quite well in the game wasn’t too fazed he looked comfortable on the ball and showed us why Roma bought him. The rest of the defense did very well and Alisson did what was necessary to get a clean sheet. Another win for Roma another three points as Roma continue to keep pace with the top of the league.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Diego Perotti (2)
Next Game In Serie A: vs Bologna, Saturday, October 28th
Next Game In Champions League: vs Chelsea, Tuesday, October 31st
BY THE NUMBERS
On Target: 3
Pass Accuracy: 89%
Pass Accuracy: 67%
Top Of the Table
1.S.S Napoli 9-1-0 28Pts
2. Inter Milan 8-2-0 236oints
3. Juventus 8-1-1 25Points
4. S.S Lazio 8-1-1 24Points
5. A.S Roma 7-0-2 21Points (One Game In Hand)
Bottom Of the Table
16. Genoa 1-3-6 5Points
17. Crotone 1-3-6 6Points
18. Verona 1-2-6 5Points
19. SPAL 1-2-7 5Points
20. Benevento 0-0-10 0Points
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