Match Report: A.S Roma 3-1 Hellas Verona

A.S Roma 3-1 Hellas Verona

A.S RomaHellas Verona
Goal ScorersLjajic (45 +1)
Gervinho (60′)
Totti, rig. (82′)
Halfredsson (49′)
(On Goal)


The Giallorossi march on with another three points in the bag and cut Juventus’ lead at the top of the table down to six, as La Maggica was able to see off Hellas Verona in a 3-1 win in Veneto.

The win takes Roma up to 50 points for the season as the Giallorossi remain firmly in second place as they increased their lead on third-placed Napoli to six points.

The first half saw a Verona team unwilling to attack or play any football whatsoever. The Giallorossi dominated the possession but were unable to find a way through the newly-promoted side, who were defending with 11 behind the ball. Just as it looked certain that the clubs would enter the break goalless, Gervinho was able to make a run into the area and pick out Adem Ljajic, who calmly guided the ball past Verona’s Rafael, which allowed Roma to enter the break with a 1-0 lead.

As Verona entered back onto the pitch for the second half, they wasted little time in avenging the earlier goal. A mistake at the back by Leandro Castan saw Verona take possession in Roma’s final third and the Venetians capped off the move through a Emil Hallfreðsson goal.

The tempo and mind-set of Roma changed completely after the goal. The Giallorossi, who appeared to be sleep-walking after the break, pushed the enveloped and were knocking on Verona’s door as moves from Kevin Strootman and Mattia Destro were all seen off by Rafael. Roma reclaimed their lead after a thunderous shot from Gervinho put the Giallorossi back on top 2-1.

Roma continued to control possession and the pace of the match. The final nail in the coffin for the Venetians came in the 82nd minute after Vasilis Torosidis was taken down in the area and given a questionable penalty decision, which was calmly guided past Rafael by Francesco Totti.

Roma will face Parma at the Stadio Olimpico next week at 3:00 CET.

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