Roma scored goal number 50 at Stadio Dall’Ara while Bologna collected one important point against a top Italian side.
Not an entertaining match in Bologna. Roma‘s confidence was so high at the beginning but after a while, it seemed to be so fragile. The giallorossi broke on the right offensive flank several times but Florenzi‘s crosses were very disappointing.
The Lupi couldn’t find the right space to develop their offensive strategies. Roma showed off its lack of creativity when facing very conservative teams. Bologna kept its lines very tight, fiercely defending with 7-9 players and counterattacking quickly. The giallorossi dominated in possession during the 90 minutes but not creating enough to collect the three points.
The first 45 minutes and the second half were practically specular. Roma managed the ball up to the middle third not having the necessary pace and creativity for the final ball through to break the deadlock. Even when Bologna took the lead, thanks to a good shot by Pulgar after a handball by Poli, the match didn’t change that much.
Roma’s frenetic reaction brought the Lupi close to the equalizer but Strootman hit the post at 29 after a deflection from a cross. The first half ended 1-0 and the second 45 minutes confirmed the same boring trend.
Di Francesco heavily reshaped his side playing Dzeko and Defrel and shifting Perotti on his favorite left-flank. The Argentine was Roma’s most dangerous player, the one who led the assault to Bologna’s fortress. The Bosnian star scored the equalizer at 75. His header after a great effort on the left side by Perotti found the back of the net. The giallorossi tried to win the match in the last 15 minutes but Di Francesco’s men slammed on the wall erected by Donadoni.