Roma win the Europa League first-leg over Gent although Fonseca’s side suffered from the pressure of the Belgian team. Carles Perez’s goal decided today’s game.
A painful and unconvincing win for Roma today at the Stadio Olimpico. But Carles Perez’s goal was really important for the team’s morale. The fans of the Giallorossi cannot be totally happy for the spell of their team, a group of players that are struggling to find the right balance on the pitch.
Gent shot on target 5 times while Roma only 3 (total shot 9 to 14 for the Belgian side). The goalkeeper of the Giallorossi Pau Lopez made a few remarkable saves today.
The Spanish winger Perez had a very good performance while Pellegrini and Kolarov struggled to find the right spaces and consistency once again.
The Europa League second-leg Gent-Roma will be a tough challenge to get to the next round. Fonseca believes his men don’t have the same confidence they had at the end of 2019.
“The most important thing was to win and without suffering goals. It’s not easy now but the guys worked and struggled to change this moment. We don’t have the same confidence but the players want to change,” Paulo Fonseca said to Roma TV after Roma-Gent 1-0.
Roma-Gent: 1-0 | Europa League 2019-20 | Stats
- Ball possession: 51% – 49%;
- Total shots: 9 – 14;
- Shots on target: 3 – 5;
- Shots inside the box: 6 – 5;
- Goalkeeper saves: 5 – 2;
- Passes: 493 – 469.
(Stats by SofaScore)