A Guide to Analyzing Football Games for Roma and Verona Fans
AS Roma continued their impressive run of form as they secured a crucial victory against Hellas Verona on Sunday. The Giallorossi came from behind to beat their opponents 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico, and with it they boosted their hopes of ending the season in a Champions League place.
The importance of this result was evident when Edin Dzeko equalised just moments before the half time whistle. Captain Alessandro Florenzi had also scored his first goal in over four months, and so together they gave Roma a well deserved win that sent them back into fourth place.
Head coach Paulo Fonseca was visibly pleased with the performance and praised his side for ‘showing character’ after going behind early on. It was yet another example of how AS Roma are determined to finish within the top four places this season, and how they have been able to turn momentum in their favour despite some tough moments along the way.
The Giallorossi started strongly but were caught out by an early Verona goal from Antonio Di Gaudio Williams’ strike from inside the box following a corner kick routine. They responded with intent though and almost levelled shortly after through Justin Kluivert, only for his effort to be kept out by Hellas goalkeeper Marco Silvestri’s foot.
It took until first half stoppage time for Dzeko to finally find an equaliser, showing great strength to hold off two defenders before firing a low shot beyond Silvestri into the far corner of the net. The Bosnian has now netted eight goals in 15 appearances since returning from injury and continues to be an integral part of Fonseca’s setup.
For all of Roma’s hard work throughout the game, it was Florenzi who sealed all three points with a stunning long range effort in injury time that left Silvestri rooted to the spot as it flew past him into the bottom left corner of the net. It was his second goal in 18 Serie A appearances and one he will undoubtedly remember fondly given its significance in such a tight encounter between two sides fighting for European qualification spots.
The final whistle brought jubilant scenes among both players and supporters alike, with everyone wearing an AS Roma jersey celebrating what felt like an incredibly important victory at such a crucial stage of the season. The triumph moved them above Torino who had earlier lost 0-2 away at AC Milan, while Hellas remain seventh after failing to close down on sixth placed Napoli who drew 0-0 against Bologna on Saturday night.
This result is sure to have boosted morale within Paulo Fonseca’s camp, giving them belief that perhaps third place isn’t out of reach as we enter into April where several key games await them all across Europe – including vital clashes against both Juventus and Inter Milan in May which could yet decide which team will qualify for next season’s Champions League group stages . For now though, focus shifts back onto Wednesday night where AS Roma will face Parma at home looking earmark their seventh win from last nine matches – potentially moving them even closer towards achieving their objective of ending 2020/21 within Serie A’s top four places come May 23rd – something that looked unlikely just over two months ago when they were languishing down in 10th position!
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