By Joe Avicolli
Roma have crashed out of the Europa League after suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Fiorentina at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday.
The Giallorossi entered the match with an away goal advantage after the 1-1 result in Florence in the first leg, but majorly failed to capitalize in front their home fans. The Lupi suffered in defense from the start of the game, conceding all three goals in the first 25 minutes of the clash, and again experienced a ton of troubles in front of goal. A penalty awarded to the Viola in the ninth minute following a foul by Jose Holebas was only the start of the host side’s problems, as Marcos Alonso and Jose Basanta scored soon after Gonzalo Rodriguez converted the penalty in the 18th and 21st minutes, respectively.
According to WhoScored.com, Roma managed to shine in possession as usual as they were able to keep hold of the ball for 57% of the time compared to Fiorentina‘s 43% and also recorded a higher pass completion percentage of 86% compared to the visitors’ 80% success rate. The capital city club player who managed to secure the highest passing completion rate out of the team’s starting 11 was Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who completed 95.5% of his passes until being subbed off with an injury in the 57th minute, though Gigliati winger Mohamed Salah had the most successful passing in the game with a 96.2% completion rate. Daniele De Rossi had the most touches out of every player present in the round of 16 battle, having touched the ball a total of 83 times throughout the game.
Rudi Garcia‘s men took more shots than their opponents, but had nothing to show for it, as they tallied up a total of 17 shot attempts with seven landing on target compared to Fiorentina‘s six out of a total of 14 shots landing on target. Miralem Pjanic had the most shots on target out of every player on the field with three out of his four attempts troubling the visiting goalkeeper, though Viola striker Khouma Babacar had the highest total of attempts with five. Just as in the first leg both Serie A teams favored the right wing when it came to launching attacking plays, with Roma making 47% of their attacks down the right side and Fiorentina making 38% of theirs down the same wing. The busiest zone on the pitch was the middle third where 40% of the action took place. Going by WhoScored, the man of the match was Gigliati defender Gonzalo Rodriguez who received an 8.4 rating.
Roma‘s next challenge will be against Cesena on Sunday and it seems like the team will now be able to put all of their focus into maintaining their second place position in the Serie A standings, as they have now been eliminated from every outside competition. A victory against the Seahorses will be absolutely necessary for the Lupi if they want to stay in the top two, with Lazio just one point behind them in third place.