By Joe Avicolli
Roma have suffered yet another setback in their fight to retake second place after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Inter at the San Siro on Saturday.
The Lupi may have ruined their chances of stealing second place back from rivals Lazio after failing to earn any points against the Nerazzurri in Milan and can now only hope that Chievo can fend off the Biancocelesti at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday to give them a fighting chance. If the Aquilotti manage to earn the win, then the Lupi will be three points behind Stefano Pioli’s men and left battling to keep Napoli from overtaking them in third.
Hernanes gave Inter an early lead in the 15th minute and the score had remained 1-0 up until the 63rd minute when Radja Nainggolan gave the capital city club a much needed equalizer. However, Roma would lose all hope of earning any points after Mauro Icardi gave the hosts a late game winner in the 88th minute. According to LegaSerieA.it, Rudi Garcia’s men only narrowly kept an advantage when it came to ball possession, holding the ball for 53% of the match compared to the Biscione’s 47% of ball control. The visitors also slightly bettered their opponents in the passing game with 68% of their passes ending up successful compared to Inter’s 65% pass completion rate. Alessandro Florenzi had the highest amount of successful passes in the game with 57 and a 78% pass completion rate.
Reports from WhoScored.com show that both teams took a total of 11 shots at the goal, though Roma had more shots on target with four compared to the San Siro outfit’s three blasts on goal. Mauro Icardi had the most shots of the game with four while Radja Nainggolan followed closely behind with three, with each of them bagging a goal for their efforts. Alessandro Florenzi had the most touches throughout the match with 80 and Nainggolan followed closely behind with 72. The Giallorossi also had a slight edge in corners awarded with four compared to Inter’s three. Kostas Manolas had the most recovered balls with 28 while Nerazzurri captain Andrea Ranocchia was next best with 23 balls recovered throughout the clash. The Stadio Olimpico outfit heavily favored the right wing when it came to launching attacking plays as 52% of them took place down that side, while Roberto Mancini’s men preferred to attack on the left side making 48% of their offensive moves down the opposite wing. Hernanes was awarded man of the match by WhoScored with a 7.8 rating after his opening goal and overall brilliance in the midfield.
Roma’s next match will be a mid-week battle away at Sassuolo on April 29, with the team surely ready to spend the next few days training hard in order to get themselves back on track and start earning some points before the season comes to an end.