By Joe Avicolli
Roma’s unfortunate luck in the Serie A has continued as the capital city club suffered a devastating 2-0 defeat at the hands of Sampdoria at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.
This defeat has come as a big blow to Rudi Garcia’s men, putting them at extreme risk of losing second place to rivals Lazio as they are now just one point ahead of the Biancocelesti, and the struggling Roman side must now worry about earning as many points as possible for the remainder of the season if they hope to earn a Champions League position.
The Giallorossi have once again managed to hold more possession than their opponents, but majorly lacked in front of goal despite a number of chances on target. Goals from Blucerchiati players Lorenzo De Silvestri and Luis Muriel buried the hosts in front of their home fans, giving the Lupi their first home loss of the 2014/15 season. According to LegaSerieA.it, the capital city club were able to hold possession of the ball for 56% of the match compared to La Samp’s 44% and managed to complete around 73% of their passes compared to the visitors’ 64% of successful passes. Roma players dominated the passing game with Seydou Keita, who was eventually sent off with a red card in the 81st minutes, leading the way with 76 completed passes to his teammates.
The Stadio Olimpico outfit took numerous attempts on goal, firing 17 shots at the net with nine landing on target compared to Sampdoria’s three out of eight shots on target. Francesco Totti took the most shots, blasting the ball at the goal three times, though all of his attempts were unsuccessful. Roma were also awarded 12 corners compared to Il Doria’s three. Both team’s favored the right wing when it came to launching their attacking plays, with Roma playing down the right side 47% of the time and Sampdoria playing down the same wing 46% of the time. Most of the match’s action also took place in the middle third of the field, with 46% of the intensity happening in the midfield. Davide Astori recovered the most balls with 21 and was closely followed by Jose Holebas who had 20 recovered balls. According to WhoScored.com, Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano was voted the man of the match due to his flawless performance against Roma, as he managed to keep a clean sheet despite the host’s aggressive attack on his goal throughout the game.
Roma will now have to worry about facing Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday at the Stadio Olimpico and will most definitely be looking to use their away goal to their advantage. The capital city club’s next Serie A game will be away against a poor Cesena side, which will definitely motivate Garcia’s men to secure all three points and prevent Lazio from surpassing them in the standings.