By Joe Avicolli
Roma haven’t been off to an ideal start as they’ve opened up their 2015/16 Serie A campaign with a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona at the Stadio Bentegodi in Saturday.
The capital city club had the chance to start the new season off with three points as they look to compete with Juventus for a Scudetto this campaign, but failed to overcome their hosts and only managed to secure a point. Rudi Garcia’s men kept most of the possession and created many chances for themselves, but were lacking when it came to finishing in front of goal.
Hellas Verona took the lead with a goal from Bosko Jankovic in the 61st minute as Vasilis Torosidis was caught ball watching, which allowed Jankovic to slot in a goal. The Giallorossi equalized minutes later, however, after Alessandro Florenzi blasted in an impressive goal from outside the box in the 66th minute. According to LegaSerieA.it, the Lupi were able to keep possession of the ball 63% of the time while the Gialloblu only had a possession rate of 37% throughout the clash. The visitors also outdid their opponents when it came to their passing game, as they had an 86% pass completion rate compared to Verona’s 68% pass success. Miralem Pjanic had the most passes in the clash with a total of 78 and had a passing rate of around 86%.
Reports from WhoScored.com show that Roma landed eight out of their 21 total shots on target, while the Mastini put seven out of their 12 total shots on goal. Edin Dzeko took the most individual shots with six, though just one landed on target, with Jankovic having the most shots for the hosts with two out of his three total shots troubling the opposition. Miralem Pjanic had the most touches in the game with 99. Dzeko also had the most balls won with six, while winger Mohamed Salah had the most balls lost with five. Roma had many more chances from the corner flag than their hosts, as they had seven corners awarded during the game compared to Hellas Verona’s two. The Gialloblu favored the left wing when it came to launching their attacks, making 48% of their attacking plays down that side, while Garcia’s men slightly preferred attacking down the middle, making 41% of their offensive plays through the center of the field. WhoScored.com named Hellas Verona midfielder Emil Hallfredsson as their man of the match with an 8.0 rating due to his decisive play in the midfield.
Roma’s next Serie A opponents will be reigning champions Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico on August 30, which will surely prove to be a test for the capital city club.