The 27th round of Serie A ends with the Roma 2-1 victory over Sampdoria. At the Olimpico the Giallorossi create three clear chances in the first 10 ‘but they even go below for the goal of Gabbiadini, caused by a mistake by Diawara (11 ‘). In the second half it breaks loose Dzeko, author of two primary goals (64 and 85 ‘) that keep Fonseca’s Champions-hopes on: Roma remain at -6 from Atalanta.
It is a roller coaster Rome, in the sense that it alternates phases in which it gives the feeling of being able score three to four goals and others of total blackout, especially in some singles. The weighted average of these moments of the game seemed to lead to a draw, but mathematics has little to do with football, where the champions make the difference. And as long as Roma have Dzeko they can hope to have the last word. Sampdoria initially uses the unfortunate evening of Diawara: the midfielder of Fonseca with a weak back pass sets the table for Gabbiadini’s 1-0 (11 ‘). The blucerchiato is lively and good, he overcomes Mirante and bags with an empty door, showing he can do the job of the injured Quagliarella. Yet in the first ten minutes Roma dominate: only one amazing Audero closes the door to the Giallorossi with three decisive interventions on Dzeko and Pastore. The Argentine offers old-class flashes, but not yet continuously. And above all it slows down the dribble, which Fonseca needs. Perhaps Pellegrini would have served from the first minute. The Samp is compacted after the lead and rises in tone, also going close to doubling in the 28th minute: another gift from Diawara puts Jankto in a position to kick on the external pole. Three minutes later Veretout would put things right for Fonseca. A surgical right plate, that of the French, however, thwarted by a previous touch of Perez’s elbow, caught by the Var.
We then go to rest on the 1-0 for Sampdoria and Fonseca ponders the sacrosanct changes, especially in midfield. Because Dzeko works, it just isn’t served properly. So, past the quarter of an hour, inside Pellegrini, Cristante and Zappacosta for Pastore, Diawara and Bruno Peres. The replacements they change their face to Rome, suddenly more proactive and above all fast. Pellegrini immediately takes the reins of the trocar and puts Dzeko in the door with an assist to the kiss: the rest is put by the Bosnian, with a wonderful left on the fly (64 ‘) that is worth the draw. The yellow number 7 has a devastating impact on the race and only a few seconds later he rides Kolarov, whose left is deflected outside the net. At 68 ‘the Serbian hits the post on a free kick (perhaps there is also a decisive touch by Audero) and Mkhitaryan also brings good results: someone like him, however dangerous at the start of the second half with a wide left, is much more at ease in a more fluid and less pompous maneuver. In short, the inertia of the race is all on the side of the Fonseca band, but to take the three points you need a bell from Cristante and the usual vein of Dzeko, still decisive with the flying thrust, this time on the right (85 ‘): the bomber touches 104 with Roma, reaching “Piedone” Manfredini. But what matters most, for the Giallorossi fans, are the three points, because it is thanks to these that the Capitolini still have any hope of qualifying for the next Champions League. Of course, as long as Atalanta runs like this it will be impossible, but trying is the minimum. For the guests, however, it is a bitter defeat, especially because Ranieri had made his mouth to the draw: the Dorians remain fifth last +1 to Lecce and Genoa.
The report cards
Dzeko 7.5 – Roma clings to its giant and thanks to it snatches three suffered points. In the first half Audero closes the door, the Bosnian takes revenge in the second half with two more difficult goals than the replays may suggest.
Pilgrims 7 – Enter and change the game. Someone like him should never be out, even if Fonseca perhaps wanted to save money in view of Milan. His assist also, Kolarov would also put in the goal but the left of the Serbian goes off on the outside of the net.
Diawara 4 – Sorry to have to give such heavy failures, but touch three balls and give them to the opponents with the door completely available. With the blame for Samp’s goal and post, Fonseca removes it in exasperation after an hour.
Audero 7.5 – The Giallorossi are seen arriving from all sides and closes the door with every attempt, lowering decisive saves, especially on Dzeko. Safe even in the second half, he has few faults on his goals.
Gabbiadini 7 – Holds all the weight of the attack alone and does it great. It ranges on the offensive front and, after a heartfelt thanks to Diawara, beats Mirante for the goal that could have given the +4 on the relegation zone.
Yoshida 5 – Full enough in the first half, the Japanese up to the interval had perfectly commanded the rear of Ranieri. Then, however, he clearly loses the individual duel with Dzeko and costs the defeat to the Blucerchiati.
Rome (4-2-3-1): Mirante 6; Bruno Peres 6 (16 ‘st Zappacosta 6.5), Smalling 6.5, Ibañez 6, Kolarov 6.5; Diawara 4 (16 ‘st Cristante 6), Veretout 6; Perez 5.5 (27 ‘st Ünder 6), Shepherd 5.5 (16’ st Pellegrini 7), Mkhitaryan 6.5 (40 ‘st Kalinic sv); Dzeko 7. Available: Fuzato, Perotti, Villar, Fazio, Mancini, Spinazzola, Kluivert. All .: Fonseca 5.5.
Sampdoria (4-5-1): Audero 7.5; Bereszynski 6, Yoshida 5, Tonelli 5.5, Augello 5.5 (36 ‘st Murru sv); Depaoli 6, Thorsby 6.5, Ekdal 6, Linetty 6 (25 ‘st Ramirez 6), Jankto 6.5 (18’ st Leris 6); Gabbiadini 7 (18 ‘st Bonazzoli 5.5). Available: Falcone, Vieira, Chabot, Colley, Askildsen, La Gumina, D’Amico, Bertolacci. All .: Ranieri 6.5.
networks: 11 ‘Gabbiadini (S), 19’ st, 40 ‘st Dzeko (R)
Booked: Mkhitaryan (R); Jankto (S), Bereszynski (S)
Red cards: –
– Edin Dzeko scored 104 goals for Roma, reaching Pedro Manfredini in 5th place in the ranking of the best scorers of Rome in all competitions.
– Edin Dzeko has taken part in 11 goals in his last 10 games for Roma in Serie A (eight goals and three assists).
– Roma have their third consecutive Serie A win for the second time in this league (the first in November 2019).
– Roma have scored 13 games in all competitions: the last time the team in the capital did better in a single season dates back to the last 15 games of 2016/17, the last with Luciano Spalletti on the bench .
– Only Luis Alberto (13) and Alejandro Gómez (11) provided more assists than Lorenzo Pellegrini in this championship: nine, four of which were for Edin Dzeko.
– Sampdoria have lost three of their last four Serie A away games, suffering an average of three goals per game in defeats.
– Manolo Gabbiadini has scored seven goals in this championship: one less than the personal best of goals scored in a single Serie A season (eight in 2014/15 with Napoli and in 2013/14, again with Sampdoria).
– Manolo Gabbiadini hadn’t scored away from Serie A since last December against Genoa.
– Before the goal scored by Manolo Gabbiadini tonight, Sampdoria had scored only one of the previous 13 Serie A goals in the early times.
– First goal of Sampdoria in the first 15 minutes of play of a match in this championship; that blucerchiata was the only team not to have scored in this Serie A time slot yet
– Jakub Jankto has crossed the finish line of 50 games with the Sampdoria shirt in all competitions.