The Roma players put in one hell of an effort on Tuesday night at home to Shakhtar to win 1-0 on the night and qualify for the last 8 of the Champions League. They will have to do it again on Sunday away at relegation candidates Crotone who just come off a wonderful home win the weekend before.
Roma will need to be on their game this weekend and it could be a potential banana skin as Crotone under Walter Zenga are in a relegation battle and will be fighting for their lives in Sunday contest.
Roma go into this game on Sunday with confidence held high after three wins in a row in Serie A and Champions League and will be looking to solidify their 3rd place as we go into the international break. Excellent wins over Napoli and Torino in Serie A were followed up on Tuesday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk thanks to Edin Dzeko second-half strike, meaning Roma went through on away goals and qualified for the last 8 of the Champions League for the first time in 10 years. We wait with baited breath to see who Roma will take on in the last 8 in Europe elite competition.
Crotone will be looking for back to back Serie A wins after the result of the weekend last weekend in defeating Sampdoria 4-1. Ex-Fulham and Brentford striker Marcello Trotta was the hero at the weekend picking up two goals and the 4th goal was a calamitous own goal from Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano which added gloss to the scoreline.
Crotone in their last four games have picked up four points, which included a 1-1 draw at home to Atalanta. Back to back 3-2 defeats to SPAL and Benevento who are both fighting for Serie A survival and last week 4-1 crushing victory over Sampdoria which came out of the blue. Sitting in 16th place, Crotone are right in the mix of the relegation scrap on 24 points, just two points ahead of Hellas Verona in 19th and level with SPAL and Sassuolo in 18th and 17th respectively. So Sunday game is crucial for what happens at the top and the bottom of the Serie A table.
Roma last visit to Stadio Ezio Scida was last February during the 2016/17 season and Roma won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Radja Nainggolan and Edin Dzeko. Roma will be looking for a repeat of that this coming Sunday.