By Joe Avicolli
Roma have managed to completely redeem their rocky opening to the 2015/16 Serie A campaign by securing a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
The Lupi were left a bit disappointed following their 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on opening day, but will now be celebrating after taking down their Scudetto rivals at home with a mostly dominating performance. Even with an overall impressive performance, the hosts could have earned quite a few more goals for themselves as they ruled the pitch in possession and chances created.
The capital city club were able to take the lead in the 61st minute after Miralem Pjanic scored an amazing free kick goal, which saw veteran Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon remain rooted to the ground as there was nothing he could do to save it. Edin Dzeko then helped the Giallorossi double their lead with an impressive header in the 79th minute, though Paulo Dybala would eventually bring one back for the visitors in the 89th minute. Reports from LegaSerieA.it show that Rudi Garcia’s men were able to keep possession of the ball 60% of the time while the Old Lady had a possession rate of 40% during the heated battle. The hosts also had a slightly higher pass completion rate with 87% of their passes completed compared to Juve’s 79% pass success rate. Alessandro Florenzi was the player with the most passes in the game with a total of 69 and a passing accuracy rate of around 90%.
According to WhoScored.com, Roma landed seven shots on target out of a total of 18 shots, while the Bianconeri were able to put two shots on goal out of a total of 10. The goalscoring duo of Pjanic and Dzeko were tied for most shots, as both took five each, with Pjanic putting three on target compared to Dzeko’s two. Alessandro Florenzi had the most touches throughout the game with 86. Radja Nainggolan won the most balls during the 90 minutes, winning four, while Seydou Keita lost the most with three. The rivals had an equal amount of corner chances with six a piece, while both Roma and Juventus also slightly favored the left wing when it came to launching attacking plays, as both teams made 37% of their offensive maneuvers down that side. WhoScored.com named Miralem Pjanic man of the match with an 8.5 rating due to his commanding midfield performance and his stunning free kick goal to open up the scoring.
Roma’s next Serie A challenge will be on the road against newly promoted club Frosinone following the two-week international break on September 13.