Roma Conquers Amsterdam in Perfect Europa League Style

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The Giallorossi get a conspicuous advantage in the Europa League first leg defeating Ajax on their soil. Pau Lopez saved a penalty and Ibanez scored a stunner right at the end of the match.

Although the Dutch side managed possession throughout the match, away goals are the most important factor in football and especially in international competitions. When the Giallorossi seemed to be on their way back to the Italian capital with a burning defeat, Pau Lopez restored hope to his group and his teammates changed the outcome of today’s match.

AJAX v ROMA 1-2 | Stats

  • Ball possession: 64% – 36%
  • Shots on target: 9 – 4
  • Corner kicks: 9 – 4
  • Big chances: 4 – 1
  • Goalkeeper saves: 2 – 8

(Stats by SofaScore)

The Spanish goalkeeper has been decisive in the Europa League first leg but the overall performance of Fonseca’s side was remarkable as well. The Lupi have been compact since the beginning and they wouldn’t have deserved to finish the first half trailing.

When Pellegrini scored the equalizer, thanks to a huge mistake by Scherpen, Roma sat back giving total possession to Ajax and counterattacking when possible.

Roger Ibanez‘s stunner in the 87th minute gave Roma much more confidence for the return match at the Stadio Olimpico. The Brazilian defender had conceded a silly penalty to the Dutch side but he then put Roma ahead and with a privileged view of the Europa League semi-finals.

ROGER IBANEZ | Stats

  • Minutes played: 90′
  • Goals: 1
  • Clearances: 6
  • Interceptions: 2
  • Tackles: 3
  • Touches: 53

(Stats by SofaScore)

Another tough Europa League clash will take place next week in the Eternal City. With Spinazzola out injured and Pellegrini who suffered a tough hit on his right foot, Fonseca will be forced to give maximum priority to the international stage from now on.

Roma’s chances to reach a Champions League spot through the domestic league are not much, but the performance of the Lupi on the international stage gives hope to the fans of the glorious club of the Italian capital.

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About Stefano Bernardini 4035 Articles
A Roman between New York, Philadelphia, and Rome achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | Collaborated with Calciomercato.it & Calcio e Finanza | Reported on Major League Soccer | Featured on Bleacher Report & OneFootball EN.

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