By Joe Avicolli
Roma have suffered a setback in their fight for first place after only earning one point in a 2-2 draw with Bologna at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on Saturday.
Though they are now temporarily level on 27 points with league leaders Fiorentina in the Serie A standings, the Lupi failed to deliver an impressive performance in their crucial clash against the Rossoblu. After earning both of their goals from penalty kicks, it was clear that Rudi Garcia’s men were lacking a certain spark in their attack, as key players Gervinho and Mohamed Salah both missed out on the game due to injury. While neither side dominated the rain soaked pitch throughout the match, it’s clear that the Stadio Olimpico outfit still have work to do after missing out on an important victory.
Bologna defender Adam Masina opened up scoring in the match by putting the home side ahead in 14th minute and managed to help his team keep their 1-0 lead for the rest of the first half. Both of the Giallorossi’s penalty goals came in the second half, with Miralem Pjanic scoring a penalty in the 52nd minute after a Bologna handball inside the box and Edin Dzeko scoring from the spot in the 72nd minute after a foul was committed on Juan Iturbe inside of the box. Ex-Roma man Mattia Destro would eventually bring the Felsinei level by scoring a penalty of his own in the 87th minute, which was followed by a massive celebration in front of his former team. Reports from LegaSerieA.it show that the hosts slightly bested their visitors when it came to possession, as they kept hold of the ball for 51% of the match compared to Roma’s 49% of possession. The Lupi had a small advantage when it came to passing success as they had a pass completion rate of 48% compared to Bologna’s pass success rate of 46%. Radja Nainggolan had the most passes in the game with a total of 49 and had a passing accuracy of around 61%.
According to WhoScored.com, Roma took a total of 14 shots, with five landing on target, while Bologna took a total of nine shots with three landing on target. Miralem Pjanic had the most individual shots in the game with a total of six, with two landing on target, while Radja Nainggolan had the most touches throughout the 90 minutes with a total of 62. Nainggolan also had the most recovered balls in the game with five, while Rossoblu midfielder Amadou Diawara lost the most balls with a total of six. Both sides had an equal amount of corners awarded to them throughout the game, as they earned five each. Rudi Garcia’s men favored their left wing when it came to launching attacking plays, making 37% of their offensive runs down that side, while Roberto Donadoni’s men preferred the right wing for attacking maneuvers, making 44% of their offensive plays down that wing. WhoScored.com named Bologna defender Adam Masina as man of the match with a rating of 8.5 due to his opening goal and strong performance in his side’s defensive line.
Roma will certainly have their work cut out for them in their next challenge, which will be a Champions League clash against Barcelona in Spain on Tuesday, while their next Serie A match will be against Atalanta at home on November 29.