Score: A.S Roma 1 Hellas Verona 0FT
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona
Following Roma’s recent loss to sampdoria that would only add turmoil to Roma’s current form. Roma are set to get back in the winning ways as they travel to Verona for for their 24th match of this Seasons campaign. Roma prepare To Face Hellas Verona for the second time this season after beating them 3-0 in the first meeting between the two teams. Roma come into this match and really bad form being a winless and their last six games as the the underlining issues continue to be a problem. They’re finishing in front of goal has just not been good enough and it has cost them dearly. Despite Roma’s run a form Hellas Verona currently sit in 19th making this a must-win for Eusebio DiFrancesco’s side. With Inter’s recent draw with Crotone it has given Roma an excellent opportunity to make some ground up. Inter and roma are currently fighting for the final Champions League spot with not a very much between them as both clubs find themselves in horrid form the first team to start catching form again will likely get fourth. Roma came into the match as the favorites despite their recent form. Di Francesco tried to new things and the adjustments certainly paid off early. Less than 60 Seconds into the match Roma saw a moment of Brilliance from Cengiz Under who scored a screamer from outside the box to give Roma the lead inside 1 minute. Roma continued with that to play excellent football however the finishing in front of goal still was an issue Roma went into the first half with the 1-0 lead. In the second half Roma continue to do well there were still issues that needed addressing but their overall performance was much improved. However early in the second half Roma were reduced to 10 men when the Lorenzo Pellegrini saw red. The Romans continued to hang on but at times were pressurized by the Verona attack who didn’t offer much for most of the game but had some moments that were a bit nerve-racking but Allison and the defense were able to hold off the relegation side as Roma would hold on for the 1-0 victory to register their first win in the last seven finally Roma have something to smile about.
Eusbio DiFrancesco made some interesting adjustments to his team prior to this match. He has been often criticized this season for living and dying for his preferred 4-3-3 formation. As Roma’s manager decided to go for it and change formation going with the 4-2–3-1 despite maybe not having the most effective team for that . In goal between the sticks as always would be the big Brazilian Alison Becker who is Serie A clean-sheet leader at the moment. As he’s given another opportunity here after being denied some unlucky goals in the last few games. Roma went back to their usual back for after making a slight adjustments in the last game. At the left back would be Alex Kolarov who has been the best at his position Italian football. Beside him would be the centre-back partnership of Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio. Then finally at the right back spot to fill out the defense would be Alexandro florenzi who is looking to rewrite his wrong after his missed penalty last week. In front of the defense in the defensive Midfield would be the pairing of Lorenzo Pellegrini and Kevin strootman. Then further forward in the attacking Midfield would be Cengiz Under in the middle in the central Midfield role who has been given his third consecutive start as he is received words of encouragement from his manager. On the left wing would be Stephan El Shaarawy then on the opposite side on the right when would be Radja Nainggolan who recently came out and said that he would sign a lifetime contract with Roma as he even further cements his love with the Roma supporters. Then finally up front as the main Striker would be edin dzeko. And as always some good options Off the Bench. A different approach by DeFrancesco but one that is worth taking.
After all that predictions preparations for this match we were ready to get under way on this Sunday afternoon in Verona. A massive 3 points at stake for Roma as they try to take advantage of an opportunity in what is viewed as a must-win for Roma a results that could secure Eusebio DI Francesca’s job security as Roma boss. After several matches without a win Roma look here to get their season back on the right track. Roma wasted no time cracking this thing open it was quite clear that the team was tired of not winning games. In the opening 60 seconds of the match Roma had a monument is opportunity to Take the Lead. Lorenzo Pellegrini near Verona danger area stole the ball from a Defender and gave a quick pass to Cengiz Under in a dangerous area the Young Turk took the ball from outside the box and drove it from long distance into the bottom right corner to give Roma the lead in the opening minutes with only 42 seconds gone Roma were sitting pretty with a 1-0 lead. There was a lot of power in that shot It would be Cengiz Under’s first goal in Italian football as he scores for the first time in the famous Roma colors to score his first goal this season. he was greeted by his teammates in Celebration you could see how much it meant to him He is only improved and improved as The Season’s gone on as he looked a little shaky from the start but he has been exceptional over the last few weeks. I see him making even more impact as the season goes on cause he is proving his quality to this team.
Cengiz Under scores his first Roma goal in the opening moments of the game
After the opening goal it had seen it was sort of a power vacuum as Verona looked as if they saw a ghost. Roma starting to play with great confidence while Verona will still shell-shocked over there opening goal. The Roma chances continued as they started playing with great confidence. Just a few minutes later Roma a few more chances in the opening 10 minutes. El Shaarawy would deliver a pass into edin dzeko he would attempt a strike from outside the box but it was poorly hit as it went a bit wide didn’t challenge The Keeper at all. The amount of pressure Verona felt early was incredible one minute gone they were already down ago and they work getting constant pressure from the Rome attack. just a few minutes later Roma nearly scored again. Cengiz Under gave a beautiful ball into edin dzeko as his headed pass met dzeko in the Box but unfortunately his volley was a bit too high on his release of the shot. Roma looks really strong in the opening moments of the game they’re playing with great confidence but they’re finishing still needed Improvement. What about fifteen minutes gone edin dzeko got another chance to double the lead. When Cengiz Under hit a brilliant cross into the Bosnian dzeko got his head to it but the keeper saved it in the bottom corner. What a chance it was from the cross to the it just looked in but fortunately for Verona they got bailed out thanks to a terrific save from The Keeper. A minute later Rider Matos gave her on their first chance but his shot from the left side of the box was dealt with by Allison as he made the save. There wasn’t much more from Verona in that first half as minutes later Roma had yet another chance to score with edin dzeko the recipient again. coming off a corner kick from Alex Kolarov dzekos shot on goal came very close but he just missed the target. A lot of good things early from Roma but you can also see some of the issues of finishing off their chances. A short few minutes later edin dzeko set up Kevin strootman for a brilliant chance. strootman in plenty of space tried a ambitious strike from Deep a very powerful well-hit shot that just went over the bar. Roma have been in some opportunities where it looked like they were going to win over this stretch but here they really looked like they’re going after it collectively together you could just tell how much they wanted to win this game. Radja nainggolan a minute later gave Roma another chance with a superb strike of a ball but sadly it just missed. Near the end of the first half Verona had a decent shot at goal when Rider Mateos stroke it from distance just slightly missing the goal. But much like most of the game this was still very much dominated by Roma late in the first half Roma had a few more chances to score. There was only a few minutes left Roma they would get a few more chances late on. Stephan El Shaarawy released edin dzeko with a superb through ball but dzekos shot was saved a unfortunate opportunity wasted. With only a short few minutes left Roma had their last chance of the first half Off a corner Kevin strootman setup dzeko with a headed pass but unfortunately again edin dzeko shots from very close range slightly misses. The first half would end with Roma leading 1-0 thanks to a first minute strike from cengiz under.
Edin Dzeko lifts the Man of the Moment Cengiz Under as a Roma celebrate their first half goal
It was a brilliant first half of football for Roma we saw them do some really great things. Finishing off chances still seems to slow them down a little bit and they need to improve on that but quite honestly Roma could have scored two or three goals in the first half an excellent display. At the start of the second half Roma picked up right where they left off in the opening minute of the second half Alex Kolarov connected with Kevin strootman who sent his header at the goal but unfortunately was saved. You could see that Roma were taking the momentum into the second half as they were just flying. Shortly after there was some controversy as Verona boss Fabio Pecchia was sent to the stands for protesting a call. Roma attack was relentless a few minutes later Alex Kolarov took a left-footed shot from a very difficult angle nearly scoring his shot was saved by the goalkeeper who was basically the only reason that they were only down by one. However just a short few minutes later Roma were handed a big blow as Lorenzo Pellegrini was sent off with a red card for a dangerous tackle despite the fact that it did not look like you did it on purpose. Roma were down to 10 men. This gave Verona some hope to try and take advantage of Roma being down to 10 men. Di Francesco decided against making a substitution and kept his same core despite being a man down now. Immediately after the sending-off Verona took an opportunity to catch Roma slipping Bruno petkovic took a shot from the middle of the box coming off a cross but missed. A little while later Rider Matos shot from Deep what was another Miss for Verona. Roma still looked in complete control but Verona was attacking a little bit more successfully. Roma would make their first change of the game as Gerson would come in at for the man of the match cengiz under who had a splendid day. Quite soon after the substitution dzeko tried for another goal-scoring opportunity as he shot from deep but again was saved by The Keeper. Roma looks really good on a ball controlled possession still looks like the better team despite being down to 10 men it just looks like this was going to be a victory. With about twelve minutes to go Roma would make their second substitution. As Diego perotti replaced Stephan El Shaarawy. a good change after all we did good things this game but it wasn’t his best performance. With under 10 minutes ago radja Nainggolan try to strike a shot from Deep after receiving it from Gerson. Nainggolan attempted a strike from Deep with under 10 minutes to go in the game. He is a player who was absolutely superb in the match he won’t get the headlines but he put in a world-class performance throughout this game. Roma would make their final change in the 89th minute just before the start of stoppage as Gregiore defrel came in for edin dzeko. Dzeko did well throughout some poor chances but some good ones as well if he continues to get chances he will score. Late in the game Kevin strootman and radja nainggolan tried to increase the lead but ultimate was unable to. The referee blew his whistle as Roma finally taste victory after being winless in their last seven. Roma takes advantage of the opportunity and closes the Gap with inter to just one point.
Alexandra florenzi explodes as Roma win their first game of 2018
A win at last After long periods of negativity and frustration Roma has finally tasted victory for the first time since December the Roma supporters finally get the winning feeling once again. Few days before the game many Roma Outlets including Roma manager DiFrancesco Roma Legend Francesco Totti and roma sporting director Monchi. Expressed their satisfaction with the Improvements made by Ceginz Under. He got a start for the third game in a row and he did not disappoint. The 20-year old Turkish youngster scored his first goal in Italian football in the famous Roma colors. As the Young Turk scored a screamer in the opening minute to give Roma the lead in a eventual 1-0 win. It wasn’t the most pretty of games but a victory is a victory something they have not experienced in the last seven League games. This horrid form has probably cost them a finishing in a top three but it’s great to finally have a positive result. This game had some realize but also had some lows Lorenzo Pellegrini sending off in the second half could of brought Verona back into the game. But In fairness the Roma defense did well and holding on it to a lead something that has struggled to do this season. Man of the match today for Roma is without a doubt Cengiz Under not only did he score his first goal for Roma but I thought he did a brilliant job overall he has vastly improved since his not only did he score his first goal for Roma. After the game he described his first goal as a dream come true. What I have to say radja Nainggolan prove today that he is without a doubt a world-class player despite having some early struggles this season. A thrilling results for Roma not only because it had been a long time since they won a game but because they made up ground in the battle for top four against Inter Milan. As we saw inter surrender a lead to draw with Crotone only one point now separates Roma from 4th. Roma will visit bottom benevento to attempt to keep this winning form going. Mark my words Roma will get top 4 the season Roma are great team that has hit a bad run of form Inter Milan on the other hand is actually not that good of a team so I Believe full heartedly that Roma will beat them to the punch and get back into the Champions League.
Man Of the Match: Cengiz Under (1)
Next Match: vs Benovento, February 11th, 2018
BY THE NUMBERS
On Target: 8
Pass Accuracy: 78%
On Target: 1
Pass Accuracy: 65%
Top Of the Table
1. S.S Napoli 19-3-1 60Points
2.Juvnetus 19-2-2 59Points
3. S.S Lazio 14-4-4 46Points
4. Inter Milan 12-9-2 45Points
5. A.S Roma 13-5-5 44Points
Bottom Of the Table
16. Genoa 5-6-11 21Points
17. FC Crotone 5-5-13 20Points
18. SPAL 3-8-12 17 Points
19. Verona 4-4-15 16Points
20. Benevento 2-1-22 7Points