By Joe Avicolli
Roma have managed to keep their hold on first place after earning a 3-1 victory over Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday.
The Giallorossi delivered a dominant performance against the Zebrette in Rome in order to earn all three points, which has seen them remain at the top of the Serie A standings with 23 points, though they still lead their nearest pursuers by just two points. Rudi Garcia’s men were back to showing their strength on the field by maintaining the most possession in the game and quickly displayed attacking power by scoring their first two goals within the first 10 minutes of the clash.
Miralem Pjanic opened up scoring for the Lupi in just the fourth minute of play after receiving a pass from Maicon and slotting it in from inside the box. Following his assist on Pjanic’s goal, Maicon then managed to score a goal himself in the ninth minute after making an impressive solo run into the box, blasting a shot past the goalkeeper and into the net. Gervinho then secured the win for Roma with a third goal in the 63rd minute, though Cyril Thereau would end up scoring a consolation goal for Udinese in the 77th minute. According to LegaSerieA.it, the capital city club were able to keep possession of the ball for 62% of the time, leaving the Bianconeri with a possession rate of just 38% throughout the match. Roma also bested their opponents when it came to pass competition as they had an impressive pass success rate of 90% compared to the Udine side’s pass completion rate of 74%. Radja Nainggolan had the most passes in the game with a total of 96, including three key passes, and had a passing accuracy of around 95%.
Reports from WhoScored.com show that Roma took a total of 19 shots, with eight of them landing on target, while Udinese took a total of just six shots, with only two reaching their target. Edin Dzeko had the most individual shots in the game with a total of five and managed to put three of them on target. Radja Nainggolan had the most touches throughout the 90 minutes with a total of 112. Antonio Rudiger and Udinese defender Danilo were tied with most balls won, as both players managed to win four during the game. The Zebrette were awarded more corner kicks than their hosts, earning four throughout the game compared to the Lupi’s three. Rudi Garcia’s men favored their left wing when it came to launching attacking plays, as they made 39% of their offensive maneuvers down that side, while Stefano Colantuono’s men favored their right win, making 41% of their attacking plays down that side. WhoScored.com named veteran defender Maicon as man of the match with a rating of 9.5 due to his impressive work rate, his assist and, of course, his goal.
Roma’s next challenge will be against Inter at the San Siro on October 31 and it’s clear that the capital city club will be looking to beat their hosts, as the Nerazzurri sit just two points behind them in the league standings.