By Joe Avicolli
Roma have failed to lessen the points gap between them and league leaders Juventus after securing another disappointing 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.
The hosts’ delivered a lackluster performance throughout most of the clash with the reigning Serie A champions and still remain nine points behind the Bianconeri, leaving them with a slim chance of snatching the first place position before the season comes to a close. This result also means that the Giallorossi have earned seven draws in their nine league matches since the start of 2015.
Juve striker Carlos Tevez was able to break the deadlock by giving the Turin giants the lead with a free kick goal in the 64 minute, which had immediately followed the sending off of Roma defender Vasilis Torosidis due to the accumulation of two yellow cards, but the 10-man home side were able to get themselves back into the game with a Seydou Keita header in the 78th minute.
According to the match stats from LegaSerieA.it, Roma had been able to hold the ball more than their tough opponents despite the lack of action as they were in possession for 60% of the match compared to the Old Lady’s 40% and maintained a higher percentage of successful passes with around 73% of their passes completed compared to Juve’s 65% completion rate. Jose Holebas made the most successful passes out of every player on the pitch, completing a total of 64 passes throughout the match, while fellow Greek international Kostas Manolas managed to recover the most loose balls with a tally of 22 throughout the 90 minutes.
The Lupi made a total of seven scoring attempts, with three shots landing on target, while the Bianconeri had a total of nine attempts with just one on target. Tevez led the way in shots taken with four, while Seydou Keita and substitute Juan Iturbe led the Stadio Olimpico outfit in shots with two each. Roma favored the left side of the pitch when it came to making attacking plays, as they made 41% of their attacks up the left wing, while Juventus made 46% of their offensive plays up the right side. The highly anticipated clash between the Italian giants had taken place in the midfield for the majority of the game, with both sides using the middle third to build up on attack, though many of their plays came up short and were unable to give either club a much needed winning goal.
While the draw was not an ideal result, Roma have temporarily kept hold of second place thanks to Napoli’s loss to Torino on Sunday and they now sit four points ahead of the Partenopei. Rudi Garcia’s men will now have to prepare for their next Serie A battle with Chievo in Verona, which will take place on March 8, and will most definitely be focused on taking advantage of the inconsistent Flying Donkeys.