By Joe Avicolli
Roma have managed to add another Serie A win to their record by securing a 3-1 victory over Empoli at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
The Giallorossi now temporarily sit in second place with 17 points, just one point behind league leaders Fiorentina, following their satisfactory showing against the Azzurri and have now secured three league wins in a row. While both sides failed to score in the first half, Rudi Garcia’s men would end up netting all three of their goals within a 15 minute time frame in the second half. The capital city club were able to best their visitors in both passing and possession, as usual, in an overall comfortable victory following the international break.
Miralem Pjanic scored the first goal of the game in the 56th minute to put his side up 1-0, with Daniele De Rossi scoring just minutes after in the 59th to double the home team’s lead. Mohamed Salah was the one to put the final nail in the coffin in the 69th minute, though Empoli were able to score a consolation goal through Marcel Buchel in the 75th minute. According to LegaSerieA.it, Roma were able to keep possession for 59% of the match compared to Empoli’s possession rate of 41% throughout the 90 minutes. The Lupi also slightly bested their opponents in pass completion with a pass success rate of 85% compared to the Azzurri’s pass completion rate of 80%. Daniele De Rossi had the most completed passes with a total of 75 and had a passing accuracy of around 91%.
Reports from WhoScored.com show that Roma took a goal of nine shots, with five of them landing on target, while Marco Giampaolo’s men landed six shots on target out of a total of 13. Empoli’s goalscorer Marcel Buchel had the most shots in the match with two, as both landed on target, though a several Lupi men took two shots as well including Alessandro Florenzi, Mohamed Salah and Gervinho. Daniele De Rossi had the most touches in the game with a total of 87, while Kostas Manolas won the most balls with a total of five won throughout the clash. The hosts were awarded more corners than Empoli, earning a total of six corners throughout the game compared to the Azzurri’s four. The Giallorossi favored their right wing when it came to launching their attacks, making 40% of their offensive plays down that side, while Empoli preferred making their attacks down the left side, making 39% of their offensive maneuvers down that wing. WhoScored.com named Miralem Pjanic as man of the match with a rating of 8.1 due to his impressive performance in the midfield and his opening goal.
Roma will certainly have their work cut out for them in the coming week as their next challenges will be a Champions League group stage match against Bayer Leverkusen in Germany on October 20 and an away battle with Serie A leaders Fiorentina on October 25.