By Joe Avicolli
Roma have returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-0 away win during their midweek clash with Sassuolo on Wednesday, though they’re still yet to retake second place from rivals Lazio.
The Giallorossi have finally seemed to have gotten their offensive problems in order after struggling to deliver goals as of late and are still in third place, just one point behind the Biancocelesti. This triumphant result over the Neroverdi has also been the first time the capital city club have managed to score at least three goals in a game since their 4-0 win over Inter on November 30.
Seydou Doumbia gave his team an early lead with a header, his first goal for the Lupi since arriving at the club in January, in the sixth minute of the match, which was then followed by an amazing cracking shot from Alessandro Florenzi in the 27th minute and a calm inside-the-box finish from Miralem Pjanic in the 74th minute. Reports from LegaSerieA.it show that both teams possessed the ball for a virtually equal amount of time, with the visitors keeping possession for 51% of the match compared to Sassuolo’s 49% of ball control. The clashing clubs also had a nearly identical rate of successful passes as well, with the Giallorossi completing about 68% of their passes compared to the home side’s 67% passing rate. Neroverdi midfielder Matteo Brighi made the most successful passes with 56 and was followed by Miralem Pjanic, who had 48 completed passes throughout the game.
According to WhoScored.com, five of Roma’s eight total shots landed on target while six of Sassuolo’s 11 shots were on goal. Antonio Floro Flores took the most shots out of every player on the pitch with four, landing three on goal, while the Lupi player with the most shots was Miralem Pjanic, who took two and landed both on target. Neroverdi fullback Federico Peluso had the most touches in the clash with 71 and was closely followed by Daniele De Rossi who managed to make 68 touches. Peluso also had the most recovered balls with 26, while goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis was the closest Giallorossi man behind him with 16 balls recovered. The hosts edged their visitors when it came to corners awarded with five compared to the Stadio Olimpico outfit’s two. Both teams favored the right wing when it came to staging their attacking plays, with Rudi Garcia’s men making 48% of their offensive plays down that side compared to Sassuolo’s 37% of attacking runs down the right wing. Miralem Pjanic was awarded man of the match by WhoScored with a 9.2 rating thanks to the spectacular role he played in the victory, providing a goal and two assists.
Roma will surely be looking to duplicate this attack-minded performance against their next opponents, which will be Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on May 3, as they continue to chase second place with the season coming to a close.