By Joe Avicolli
Roma have lost their grip on first place following their 1-0 defeat to Inter at the San Siro on Saturday.
The capital city club managed to put in a decent performance against their hosts but failed to capitalize on their multiple scoring opportunities, which ultimately led to them picking up their second loss of the season. Rudi Garcia’s men, who currently sit one point behind Inter in second place on the league table, were able to earn more possession and create quite a few more chances than the Biscione, though the Milan side did well to hold on to their 1-0 lead and secure the victory.
Inter midfielder Gary Medel was the only person to score in the game, netting his team’s game-winning goal in the 31st minute of the match. Roma’s situation would only become worse as the match went on as Miralem Pjanic ended up getting sent off in the 73rd minute after receiving his second yellow card of the game, giving the visitors more problems as they attempted to get themselves level with Roberto Mancini’s men. Reports from LegaSerieA.it show that the Lupi were able to keep possession of the ball for 59% of the time while the Nerazzurri held possession for 41% of the heated battle. The capital city club also bested their opponents when it came to pass completion as they had a pass success rate of 84% compared to Inter’s pass completion rate of 72%. Antonio Rudiger had the most passes in the game with a total of 77 and a passing accuracy of around 90%.
According to WhoScored.com, Roma took a total of 19 shots, with nine of their shots landing on target, while the Milan side took a total of 10 shots with just three landing on goal. Mohamed Salah and Inter midfielder Fredy Guarin were tied for most individual shots, as both players had five, though Salah managed to put three on target compared to Guarin’s one. Antonio Rudiger had the most touches throughout the clash with a total of 94, while Biscione midfielder Marcelo Brozovic won the most balls with a total of four. Rudi Garcia’s men were awarded quite a few more corner kicks than their hosts, earning nine throughout the 90 minutes compared to Inter’s four. Both sides favored their right wing when it came to launching their attacking plays, with Roma making 48% of their offensive maneuvers down the right side and Inter making 43% of their attacking plays down the same wing. WhoScored.com named Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic as man of the match with a rating of 9.2 thanks to his heroic performance in goal, as he prevented Roma from scoring on numerous occasions.
Roma’s next challenge will be a Champions League group stage battle against Bayer Leverkusen in Rome on November 4, while their next Serie A match will be an intense derby clash with rivals Lazio on November 8.