Match Report: A.S Roma 2-0 Sassuolo


A.S Roma Sassuolo
Goal(s) 2 0
Scorer(s) Destro (16′)
Bastos (90′ + 6′)
Shots (On Goal) 13 (3) 7 (1)
Possession 61% 39%
Fouls 8 16

Match Summary

Rudi Garcia’s men continue to roll-on thanks to their 2-0 win against Eusebio Di Francesco’s men at the Mapei Stadium. The win takes Roma up to 70 points on the season as the Giallorossi look almost certain to finish in the 2nd position in the Serie A table, ensuring automatic Champions League qualification.

The Giallorossi came out firing in Emilia-Romagna as Rudi Garcia’s men rallied off 7 shots in the first 45 minutes while controlling 70% of possession in the opening period. The scoring was opened in the 16th minute thanks to a brilliant interception by Radja Nainggolan on Simone Missiroli, who then gave the ball up to Mattia Destro who fired home for his 10th goal of the season.

As La Maggica continued to push towards a second goal, Sassuolo were very sloppy in not only their possession, but their build-up play. Their lone scoring opportunity seemed to come from a penalty decision that was ultimately not given by referee Nicola Rizzoli, who deemed that Nicola Sansone dove in the area – which was the correct decision as replays showed that Sansone was not even touched by defender Mehdi Benatia.

Morgan De Sanctis found himself as a non-paying spectator throughout the afternoon. The former Napoli goalkeeper was hardly tested as opportunities for Nicola Sansone and Domenico Berardi did not even test the goalkeeper. Di Francesco’s men had no answer for Mehdi Benatia and Leandro Castan, who kept the trident of Sansone-Floccari-Berardi at bay.

Roma were well in tota control of the second half and the result was capped off by a goal from Michael Bastos, who opened his goalscoring account for the Giallorossi as he made Sassuolo pay for another wayward pass.

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