Score: A.S Roma 3 Torino 2FT
Following Roma’s advancement to the quarterfinals in the Coppa Italia Serie A returns for the first time since Boxing day as the second half of the season begins. Roma Hosted Torino at the Stadio Olimpico for their second meeting on the season. Roma won the first meeting with a stoppage-time strike from with an Edin Dzeko being the difference. Roma and Torino had a lot on the line ahead of this match at the Stadio Olimpico. With Champions League football Within Reach for Roma and Torino continuously chasing down the Europa League spot. The right results in this match could change their Fortunes in with a huge win. Roma were coming off of three consecutive victories while Torino has a struggled over the last five matches this was a important match that lived up to the hype. Roma started this match in great form and kept their hot streak going as Nicolo Zaniolo displayed some brilliance with a world class goal to give Roma the 1-0 lead. Alex Kolarov doubled the Roma lead in the after converting on a penalty as Roma sound themselves 2-0 up. Torino crawled back into the game with goals from Tomas Rincon and blank to level the scores deep into the second half. Roma were able to avoid the collapse as Stephan El Shaarawy retook the lead with not much time to go to make it 3-2 to Roma. Torino fought back and continued to give Roma problems but Roma stood firm as they held avoiding embarrassment securing the three points. The Romans win their third consecutive game in the league and now find themselves in of desirable 4th position at least for the time being. lots of positives and negatives to take but Roma ultimately get the results they needed.
Eusebio di Francesco would a few changes from Monday night’s win but a lot of the core remains intact. Roma would operate out of their usual 4-2-3-1 formation In goal between the sticks would be Roma’s a Swedish Fish Robin Olsen. Roma’s backline would look very similar to their typical starting defense. At left-back would be Alex Kolarov beside him would be the centre-back partnership of Federico Fazio and Kostas Manolas. Then on the outside at right back would be Rick Karsdorp gets another start after playing 90 minutes in a Coppa Italia on Monday. Roma’s defensive Midfield pairing would be as usual Bryan Cristante and starting his first game in over a month would be Lorenzo Pellegrini who falls back to accommodate the injury of Steven Nzonzi. Roma would only make one change in the attacking Midfield. In central Midfield it would be Roma teenage sensation Nicolo Zaniolo. On the left wing would be youngster Justin Kluivert. Then on the right one would be Roma’s Turkish star Cengiz Under. Then up front captaining the side for the first time would be Edin Dzeko. A strong bench once again with the likes of Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick.
Serie A returns in the opening fixture of 2019. After preparations and predictions for this this much-anticipated match between as El Toro and the Romans were ready to kick off in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico. A win for Roma would get them into the Champions League Roma had the opportunity to sweep the season series after winning in match day one. All the talk was the kicked off in Rome. In the opening moments of the match there wasn’t really a superior team both teams knew very early they would be in for a battle. Falque blasted an early chance over the goal and what was the first chance of the game. Torino have significantly a lesser team and they were just about to get a big break. One of Rome’s most dangerous players Genghis under would have to come off due to injury. Running up the wing Turkish pulled hamstring. Stephan El Shaarawy makes his first appearance in a month as he came in for the injured Turk. DiFrancesco probably would have like not to use his first a substitution but he did not have a choice. Unfortunately Torino seem to be unable to take advantage. They had a serious chance directly after the injury. Andrea Belotti was on the break and looking to give Torino the lead. However Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen came off his line to do an acrobatic clearance to prevent an early chance. Torino occasionally came through with a good opportunity but Roma had the edge. Roma controlled possession for the most part & Defensively Roma prevented some early chances but also add points dealt with some misconfusion that could have gotten a lot worse than it was. El Shaarawy had a great chance just passed the 10-minutes mark when Edin Dzeko delivered an excellent pass that saw El Shaarawy chase down the ball into the box but ultimately the ball was cleared. After the game being in the balance Roma had a moment of magic. In the 16th minute Nicolo Zaniolo showed his absolute brilliance as he put together a jaw-dropping sequence. While inside the box Nicolo Zaniolo try to strike it from the ground. The youngster got the ball again on the rebound as he went to the ground again as he struck the ball from the floor into the top corner to give Roma the 1-0 lead.
Nicolo Zanilio makes history in a moment of magic to give Roma lead.
A moment of absolute world-class genius from the teenager as he scores his second goal of the season. The control of the match began to sway in Roma’s favor. A few minutes later Roma came really close again coming off a beautifully hit corner from Lorenzo Pellegrini Kostas Manolas put his head through the ball just missing the target. Roma continued having majority of the chances. Torino tried to create opportunities but they were just limited. At the half-hour point Justin Kluivert used his athleticism and speed to open up space for Lorenzo Pellegrini who struck a well hit ball at the goalkeeper but did not have the power required. Roma we’re slowly but surely carving away on the cusp of a second goal. In the 34th minute Roma hit back again. Rick Karsdorp delivered a pinpoint ball into Stephan El Shaarawy As he released the midfielder into the box. Torino’s keeper came out and pulled the legs of El Shaarawy as he was trying to get around him. With no hesitation the referee pointed to the spot as Roma were given a penalty. Alex Kolarov stepped up calm but cool the Serbian tucked the ball into the bottom right corner to give out Roma the 2-0 lead. His fourth strike of the season. Roma continued to attack just a few minutes after the goal Roma came very close. Lorenzo Pellegrini connected with Edin Dzeko on the corner his header came very close but ultimately misfired. In the closing Christian Ansldi misfired from long range then Torino had their best chance as Falque on a fast break through and Andrea Belotti through ball he hit the post as time expired in the first half with Roma having got off to a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Nicolo Zaniolo and Alex Kolarov.
There was never any doubt as Kolarov converts from the spot
It was a relatively strong first-half for Roma but Torino was not totally out of it as they provided a spark at the end the half. As the game went on it started to rain at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Roma found themselves 2-0 up and mounting Roma for gaining superiority. Torino did not have a lot of chances in that first half it seemed like Roma we’re only going to add more to their goal total. Edin Dzeko came very close in the very with a powerful close-range strike that just didn’t have enough to put it away. Ola Aina came close for Torino with a strike from the side of the box missing the target. Roma were in complete control there was no denying that they constantly were creating chances. However all it takes in football is one moments to break a game open. With great ball movement Torino tried to create an opportunity. Tomas Rincon hit an absolute stunner into the bottom corner getting past Robin Olsen whose Vision was blocked. Making it to 2-1 despite Torino scoring the goal Roma were by far the better team in the second half. Torino just took advantage of an opportunity. Roma tried to respond as Edin Dzeko connected with Nicolo Zaniolo the youngsters shot was blocked by the defense eliminating the opportunity. Despite conceding a goal Roma still looked like the much better team but even so Torino for getting themselves into more opportunities to break into the game. Torino came close through a Andsaldi miss. Nonetheless Torino was pushing on as they took advantage of another opportunity. In the 67th minute Ansladi struck the ball out of the air as it took just enough balance to get out of the reach of Robin Olsen to equalize. Roma was potentially looking at other embarrassment after having been dominated the entire match. Despite that Rome didn’t give up on it and just a few minutes later they would break through. Prior to time resuming Patrik Schick would replace Justin Kluivert. I thought the youngster performed really well but it was the right move to make a change. In the 73rd minute the moment arrived for Roma. Roma were hovering around the box trying to create a chance when Lorenzo Pellegrini caught the eye a Stephan El Shaarawy who made an incredible cut move into the box. Lorenzo Pellegrini put the ball in for Stephan El Shaarawy and in the rain El Shaarawy drop the ball from the side of the Box leaving the goalkeeper no chance as Roma took the 3-2 lead with just 15 minutes to go. Unbelievable cut move and communication between El Shaarawy and Lorenzo Pellegrini. it would be El Shaarawy seventh goal of the Season as he comes back with a bang. Just before the 10-minute mark Lorenzo Pellegrini set up Edin Dzeko who struck a beautifully hit ball but unfortunately it deflected off the goalkeeper. then with 10 minutes to go Davie Santon came in for Rick Karsdorp who had an unbelievable performance. It would be the last change of the afternoon. Andrea Belotti tried for a late equalizer as he got into good space. Belotti struck the ball at Olson from the middle of the box but due to the rainy conditions his touch was off. As time expired in Rome. Roma held on and avoided collapse in what was a strong performance that was rescued by Stephan El Shaarawy. Roma get into the top four for the first time this season with yet another victory.
El Shaarawy scores the winner as the Stadio Olimpico explodes in excitement
Roma win their 4th straight game in all competitions after El Shaarawy helps Roma avoid a second-half collapse. This game as much as anything displayed Roma’s issues and their strengths. A few months ago they would have been dead in the water the character of this team as of late has proved to be extremely vital. After surrendering a two-goal lead Roma managed to focus and hit back almost immediately to battle past a very good Torino team. El Shaarawy saves the day making an instant impact after a slight collapse. This match started off was more negativity as the injury carousel got a new passenger. Roma’s talented Turkish star Cengiz Under left with an injury in the opening 5 minutes of the game. Stephan El Shaarawy replaced the young star he very much took advantage of his opportunity showing Roma what they have been missing. It truly was a tale of two halves for Roma not to necessarily say they digressed in the second half but they were not at the same level. Nicolo Zaniolo scored yet another world-class goal becoming the youngest player to score multiple goals in a campaign. Nicolo Zaniolo has absolutely proven he is not just one of the best young players in the league he is one of the best players in the league scoring a goal that had the entire Stadium in awe. A Kolarov penalty gave Roma the 2-0 lead Torino fought back and even equalized. Despite that Torino didn’t outplay Roma at any point throughout however El Toro took advantage of their opportunities it was the difference. Roma’s ability to stay focused displaying a great deal of character got themselves to the finish line. A connection between Lorenzo Pellegrini and Stephan El Shaarawy sealed it during a rainy afternoon. It was a very tough match as Roma evaded what would have been a collapse. We saw the positives and the negatives In terms of the way that the team played they could not ask for a better performance I’m not saying this was the best performance of the season but throughout the 90 minutes I thought they played extremely well together. Conceding two goals in the second half like they did needs to be corrected it was a battle and a battle Roma certainly won. Rick Karsdorp got a start after barely being used all season he was absolutely brilliant without question Roma the best defender on the pitch and quite possibly this performance could secure a more permanent role in the team. The trio in the Midfield was close to perfect with El Shaarawy Justin Kluivert and Nicolo Zaniolo creating massive problems all game the youngsters opened up on an almost consistent basis Justin Kluivert and Nicolo Zaniolo may be teenagers but they certainly have not played like them this season I have been so impressed with the pair of them. El Shaarawy late Brilliance was extremely important and a Nicolo Zaniolo gave awesome moments of magic. Today’s man of the match goes to Lorenzo Pellegrini he quietly had an exceptional performance. Supplied the assist to the winning goal. He is the most consistent player on this team he got his team into a great position to win. He also did great work in the defensive midfield an all-around excellent performance. He may not have lit the world on fire but there was not a player on the field today it was more efficient a truly impactful performance. A near collapse but an incredibly resilient and characteristic win for Roma and more importantly for the first time all season they are in the top four in Italian football.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Lorenzo Pellegrini (2)
BY THE NUMBERS
On Target: 9
Pass Accuracy: 74%
On Target: 2
Pass Accuracy: 71%
Top of the table
1.Juventus 17-2-0 53pts
2.Napoli 12-2-3 44pts
3. Inter 12-4-4 40pts
4. A.S Roma 9-6-5 33pts
5. Lazio 9-5-5 32pts
Bottom of the table
16. SPAL 4-5-10 17pts
17. Empoli 4-4-11 16pts
18. Bologna 2-7-10 13pts
19.Frosinone 1-7-11 10pt
20.Chievo 1-8-10 8pts