By Joe Avicolli
Roma have added yet another draw to their string of inconsistent results as of late after their 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday.
The Giallorossi have now won just once in their last seven Serie A matches and have fallen nine points behind first place Juventus, with the chance of winning this season’s Scudetto slowly falling out of their grasp. This result also gives third place Napoli an opportunity to catch up and snatch second, should they earn a victory in their home match against Sassuolo on Monday.
Francesco Totti was able to give his team the lead with a great goal in the 26th minute, but the Stadio Olimpico outfit would not be able to hold the advantage for long and ended up conceding in the 38th minute, with Verona leveling the score thanks to a header from Bosko Jankovic that deflected off of the back of Seydou Keita. Taking a look at the match stats provided by LegaSerieA.it proves that Roma were able to dominate the pitch in most aspects of the game, most noticeably in possession and ball movement as they held the ball about 71% of the time and had a pass completion rate of about 78%, compared to Hellas Verona’s 49%. Seydou Keita managed to lead the way with most completed passes and recovered balls out of every player on the pitch, making 120 successful passes and recovering 30 loose balls.
The poor result has once again come down to Roma’s inability to finish in front of goal as they took 15 scoring attempts with just eight landing on target and were unable to capitalize on their eight awarded corners, compared to the Gialloblu’s two out of eight shots on target and six corners given. Radja Nainggolan had the most shots in the match, blasting the ball at the opposition’s goal six times, but was unable to put his team in the lead despite the number of attempts.
Most of the match’s action took place up the middle of the field, with Roma holding an offensive stance against Hellas Verona through the midfield in about 35% of their attacking plays, though the home side’s defense remained compact and did well to prevent the capital city club from taking all three points back to Rome, spending 39% of the match in a fully defensive position. Miralem Pjanic and Keita were the top performers of the game, playing vital parts in the Lupi’s domination of possession and movement of the ball.
Roma will now have to prepare for their tough away match against Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday and will have to secure a victory in order to move on in the competition. Their next Serie A match will be at home against the dominant Juventus side that upset them earlier in the year and Rudi Garcia will most certainly have to adjust his squad’s finishing abilities if he hopes to earn a shock result against the reigning Italian champions.