Match Report: A.S Roma 4-2 Parma


FINAL:
A.S ROMA 4-2 PARMA


A.S RomaParma
Score42
GoalsGervinho (12′) Totti (16′) Pjanic (49′) Taddei (82′)Acquah (15′)Biabiany (90′ + 2′)
Shots (On Goal)11 (6)15 (3)
Possession49%51%
Fouls1413

Match Summary

A.S Roma kept their Scudetto dreams alive today thanks to a mid-week 4-2 victory over Roberto Donadoni’s men at the Stadio Olimpico. The win keeps Roma firmly in second place and still gives a glimmer of hope of winning the Scudetto, as the Giallorossi will now hope for Antonio Conte’s Juventus team to slip up this weekend.

Both teams seemed to leave their back-lines at home, as both Roma and Parma came out firing. Jonathan Biabiany, Mattia Destro, and Totti were all gifted numerous chances within the first few minutes to grab the lead, but it was Ivorian winger Gervinho who put up the first goal of the match, hammering home a rebound from Mattia Destro’s shot to put the Giallorossi up 1-0. Roma weren’t able to hold their lead very long, just two minutes later, Parma’s Afriyie Acquah tied the match at 1-1 after firing home past Morgan De Sanctis. Not impressed with Roma giving up their lead so quickly, Francesco Totti answered with a goal of his own less than 60 seconds later, making that a total of 3 goals scored in less than 3 minutes by both sides. The Roma talisman bagged his 234th career goal and his 20th goal against Parma.

The match finally settled down as Roma looked to control possession and ease the pressure on their goal. Just before half-time struck, Mattia Destro had his header hit the post as Roma entered the break up 2-1.

As the team’s came back on to the pitch for the second half, the Giallorossi took little time in attempting to increase their lead. Mattia Destro and Francesco Totti had consecutive shots saved by Antonio Mirante, who was kept busy the entire half, but the former Sampdoria wasn’t able to hold off the shot of birthday-boy Miralem Pjanic, who was celebrating his 24th birthday, as the Bosnian gave Roma a 3-1 lead.

As Garcia’s men continued to dominate the tempo of the match, their hard work was capped off by a goal from Rodrigo Taddei as the Brazilian finished off a beautiful header from a corner kick to give Roma a 4-1 lead. Just moments later, Jonathan Biabiany fired home to make the scoreline more respectable for Donadoni’s men as his team bowed out with a final score of 4-2.

The win takes Roma up to 73 points, which is still 8 behind leaders Juventus, who face relegation-threatened Livorno in Turin on Sunday.

The Editor of RomaPress.us, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including ASRoma.com, EuroFantasyLeague.com, and ESPN.