Score: A.S Roma 3 YoungBoys 1FT
Following a loss to Napoli ending Roma’s 21-game unbeaten run. The Romans hosted young boys at the Stadio Olimpico trying to win the group officially in the Europa League. Roma had beaten young boys 2-1 in the first meeting. This was an opportunity for Roma to pull off a clean sweep of the side from Switzerland. Young boys, we’re going to try to qualify for The Knockout rounds with potentially getting a result, but if results acceptable elsewhere, they would confirm their place in the round of 32. Roma dominated this match from start to finish; the first half was just an avalanche of Roma chances. They controlled possession; they put themselves in threatening positions and continuously looks like they were on the verge of breaking through. However, young boys did end up taking a 1-0 lead when Jean-Pierre finished off a counter-attack to put the swiss champions in front temporarily. The lead didn’t last for very long; at the very end of the first half, Pedro Rodriguez had his shot on goal saved, but bojar mayoral converted with the header to level the game. In the second half, it was all Roma. They controlled and dominated young boys. Roma broke through with a historic moment. Riccardo Calafiori scored his first goal for Roma. One of Roma’s brightest young talents that had gone through covid-19 and two ACL injuries finally got that moment. Hitting an absolute bomb into the corner coming off a free-kick that was cleared out by the defense, he caught it on his foot, and the rest is history as he gave Roma a 2-1 lead. With less than 10 minutes to go, edin Dzeko scored his 110th Roma goal converting on strike into the bottom corner as Roma ran out to a 3-1 lead. Edin Dzeko is now just one goal away from becoming Roma’s third all-time leading scorer. Shortly after the goal, controversy and drama ensued. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was punched in the as red card is shown. There was a slight scuffle between both teams before things settle down. Roma would hold on to earn a 3-1 victory as the Romans win their group and get much-needed results after that poor display at Napoli. Roma should be ready, and up for the challenge that will face them this weekend they got a much-needed boost and momentum with a dominating display. Roma will finish off their group against cska Sofia in the final match in the Europa League group. A is all wrapped up as Roma win the group with young boys coming in second.
Paulo Fonseca would set up his team out of the usual 3421 formation. In goal as always in the Europa League would be Pau Lopez. The three center-backs would be Juan Jesus to the left would be Rodger Ibanez to the right, and Bryan cristante centrally. In at the left-wing back would be Riccardo Calafiori than on the opposite side as the right wing-back would be a Bruno Peres. The defensive Midfield would be made up of Diawara and Gonzalo Villar. On the left-wing sitting underneath the striker would be Pedro Rodriguez on the left. The opposite as the right-wing would be Carles Perez upfront as the central Striker Roma’s leading goal scorer in the Europa League would be bojar mayoral. Roma would have options Off the Bench with edin Dzeko, henrikh Mkhitaryan, Max kumbula, and others.
After preparation and predictions, the match got underway at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on matchday 5 in the Europa League. Roma was already qualified for the round of 16 still wanted to pick up the points against young boys. Roma dominated the majority of the first half. From the opening minute, they showed their qualities. Riccardo Calafiori can close with a strike inside the Box to kick off the game; not long after, they hit back again through Bruno Perez with a deep strike that was saved. Before Carles Perez saw his strike misfire. Roma was in complete control in terms of possession and on the pitch from the eye test. Young boys came forward occasionally but really didn’t have that momentum driving them. Just two minutes later, Pedro was set up inside the box tried to beat the keeper, coming very close to giving Roma to lead. Somewhat overcomplicating things in what could have been the first goal. Roma kept on coming with chances after chances deep strike from bojar mayoral saved by the keeper the; near the half-hour mark, Pedro came close again. However, young boys did orchestrate that one chance that could have made a difference on a break. Jean-Pierre found a way through Inside the Box taking a slight deflection on a breakaway giving young boys a 1-0 lead. It was legitimately their first chance of the game for them. Roma continued to show that aggressiveness coming forward potentially equalizing before the end. Riccardo Calafiori and Pedro both were saved in the closing moments of the first that. However, in the 45th minute, Roma would get that goal back. Pedro cut into the box with a potent strike that the goalkeeper got his hand bojar mayoral connected on a header on the rebound to level things up. After the opening 45 minutes,it was a 1-1 game at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to Jean Pierre and bojar mayoral.
Bojar Mayoral equalizes for Roma at the end is the half
Roma looked really aggressive even after they equalized late in the first half. There was a sense that a second goal was on its way. Paulo Fonseca made two changes bringing on henrikh mkhitaryan and Leo spinazzola. About 10 minutes into the second half henrikh Mkhitaryan came close on a vicious shot from outside the box; however the Armenian wizard was denied. Then in the 59th minute, Roma would get that goal. In what was an emotional moment as Ricardo California would get his first goal in his Roma career. Coming off a corner kick sent into the box, it was cleared out by young boys before the eighteen-year-old wingback hit an absolute screamer from well outside the box into the right corner; nothing but the goalkeeper could do about it. He’s only played two games this season because he had covid-19 while and he’s coming off to ACL surgery he’s finally showing that he has a place on this team, an incredible stretch in what was an Unreal moment for the youngster as his strike gave Roma a 2-1 lead. Shortly after, edin Dzeko and Lorenzo Pellegrini were brought on and Federico Fazio a little later. Roma came close through Carles Perez with an excellent strike but the score remained the same. Young boys did not turn all that much, and Roma was dictating the way the game was being played. With under 10 minutes to go, Roma would put the game away once and for all. In the 81st-minute edin Dzeko got on the scoresheet; the most incredible thing about that goal is he facilitated the attack in what was a perfect deep through ball as the Bosnian then made his run down the wing into the box back to edin Dzeko before connecting on the strike away from his body into the bottom corner to give Roma a 3-1 lead. A minute later, a brawl almost erupted between Roma and young boys when Mkhitaryan was hit in the face; the young boys player would get a red card, and there was a significant scuffle between the two teams. Roma would see out the final couple minutes of the game as they held on to earn a 3-1 victory as they win the group and take care of business.
Teenager Riccardo Calafiori scores screamer for first Roma goal
Roma all but wrap up group A as the Italians win the group and will have a favorable matchup in the round of 32 when the time comes. It wasn’t a matchup that necessarily really was going to make a difference. Roma had already had their place in the round of 32 confirmed after their Victory on Thanksgiving. However, Roma is an ambitious club and just saw their 21 unbeaten streak come to an end, so three points are certainly something that Roma was trying to conquer here. At home, at the Stadio Olimpico they were looking to beat young boys for the second time. Young boys were fighting to confirm their place in the next round, but it would all determine whether or not CFR Cluj beat cska Sofia. That match ended 0-0, so the results of the game, for say did not matter that much. Roma went with a very rotational Squad many of the regulars that we have seen in the Europa League with a few starters who got about 45 minutes to play. Roma dominates the match from the kick-off had more left control all the high-quality chances were coming from Roma. However, young boys did eventually push themselves in front. Roma got right back in it with bojar mayoral, then in the second half Roma finish the job. Riccardo Calafiori scored his first Roma goal after two ACL surgeries and having contracted the covid-19 virus this season. In what was an absolute thunderstrike as he has been looked at as the most promising youngster in the Roman ranks. He kissed the badge in what was an incredibly emotional moment for him. He was my man of the match not only because of the goal but he just looks like the real deal in terms of the way he dribbled, the way he controlled the game, his passing fluidity, the ball distribution, and his attacking mentality. It was a really outstanding performance from the 18-year-old. In addition to that, edin Dzeko scored his 110th goal for the club; he just needs one more goal to become the third-highest scoring player in club history. He came off the bench, scored a great goal, and that was that. Then obviously, there was controversy late on with henrikh Mkhitaryan on getting punched in the face in what was the sour end to a very strong performance by Roma. The result itself may not have meant a lot, but after just getting crushed over the weekend, it was good for momentum and confidence that they will surely take into the match on Sunday. Roma wins the group and has an opportunity to collect almost maximum points potentially. Roma’s have only dropped one point so far, and with a victory in Bulgaria, they’ll finish the group would 17 points of a possible 18. Job well done; not much more to say other than that they got the points they did with their supposed to do, and everyone goes home Happy.