By Joe Avicolli
Roma now sit in first place in the Serie A standings following their triumphant 2-1 victory over Fiorentina at the Stadio Franchi on Sunday.
The capital city club’s win in Florence managed to see the Viola knocked off the top spot in the standings, currently leaving the Lupi in first place with 20 points. Despite having a 2-0 lead for most of the game, Rudi Garcia’s men were dominated in possession and passing throughout the clash and struggled to keep hold of the ball when they had it. However, the team’s successful finishing combined with some top saves from Wojciech Szczesny ultimately won them all three points and put them in first place.
Mohamed Salah, who was eventually sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the final minutes of the match, opened up the scoring against his former team very early on after netting a stunning goal in the seventh minute of play. Gervinho managed to double the Giallorossi’s lead in the 34th minute after making a long run into the box before scoring, put the visiting side up 2-0 at the half. Just when it looked like the Stadio Olimpico outfit would be securing a clean sheet, Khouma Babacar would score a late consolation goal for the Gigliati in the 94th minute, though it was too little too late. Reports from LegaSerieA.it show that Roma were able to keep possession for just 28% of the match compared to Fiorentina’s dominant possession rate of 72% throughout the 90 minutes. The capital city club were also bested by their opponents when it came to pass success as the Viola had a pass success rate of 88% compared to Roma’s pass completion rate of 65%. Fiorentina defender Davide Astori had the most completed passes during the game with a total of 102 and a passing accuracy of around 87%, while the Giallorossi player closest to him was Miralem Pjanic, who had just 39 passes and a passing accuracy of 82%.
According to WhoScored.com, Roma took a total of just six shots, though four landed on target, while Fiorentina took a whopping total of 21 shots, with just four of theirs landing on target as well. Viola midfielder Matias Vecino had the most shots with a total of four, though only one landed on goal, while Miralem Pjanic was the Lupi player closest to him with one out of his total of three shots troubling the goalkeeper. Fiorentina defender Davide Astori had the most touches in the game with a total of 115, while the Roma player closest to him was goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with 60 touches throughout the game. Miralem Pjanic won the most balls with five and Edin Dzeko lost the most with 11. Fiorentina had quite a few more corners than their visitors with a total of eight, while the Lupi were awarded just one. Roma favored their left wing when it came to launching their attacking plays as they made 40% of their offensive maneuvers down that side, while Fiorentina favored their right side, making 39% of their attack down the right wing. WhoScored.com named Alessandro Florenzi as man of the match with an 8.0 rating due to his hard work in all areas of play and his assist on Gervinho’s goal.
Roma’s next challenge will be in just a few days time against Udinese at the Stadio Olimpico on October 28 and they’ll most certainly be looking for a win as they try to keep hold on first place in the Serie A.