Ebene News – GB – Roma woes continue as they fall at Sampdoria 2-0

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Following their victory over Crotone on Saturday and Atalanta’s draw against Sassuolo earlier today, Inter Milan officially sewn up the 2020-2021 Scudetto this afternoon, undermining the drama of the rest of the team a bit. Serie A Matchday 34 matches Roma’s title dreams died months ago and thanks to their April woes their Champions League dreams for next season have still been dashed, making today’s clash against Sampdoria at the Luigi Ferraris a rather strange affair

However, freed from the restrictions of table observation and cursed with more injuries than you can count, Paulo Fonseca had the luxury of going a little crazy with his starting lineup today, reinserting Max Kumbulla in the top eleven, giving rare starts for Davide Santon and Daniel Fuzato while releasing the two-forward look with Edin Dzeko and Borja Mayoral from the opening whistle

Fonseca’s new 3-4-1-2 look looked sharp early in the game, forcing Sampdoria to fight hard on defense in just the third minute when Borja Mayoral went wild in the front box to be refused by one last Lorenzo Tonelli’s sliding block block – one of the many he did in the first half

As the two teams settle into the game again, we got our first real look at Daniel Fuzato this season, who seized the opportunity in the eighth minute, snatching a Sampdoria free kick through the air to end a threat stopped before it started It wasn’t a terribly threatening bullet but Fuzato was on it in an instant

Sampdoria would threaten Fuzato’s area again moments later when Morten Thorsby was played at the near post to be denied by a blocked shot from Marash Kumbulla The Genoa-based club would find themselves outside Roma’s gate again in the 12th minute when Manolo Gabbiadini slipped behind Roma’s baseline, chasing a beautifully hit ball over it, but the Italian veteran failed couldn’t sort it out in time and luck was wasted but he found enough room behind Smalling, Mancini and Kumbulla

Roma would push back the next minute when Santon played Borja Mayoral in the box with a whipped low-cross from the right flank.The timing, weight and trajectory were perfect but, just like he had done several minutes earlier, Tonelli threw his body in front of the ball to prevent Roma from sneaking into goal The Giallorossi would threaten again in the next corner when Chris Smalling’s towering header was saved by Emil Audero

The opening quarter hour of this match was marked by some pretty loose football with Roma probing the ball down the middle in an effort to get Mayoral and Dzeko to work together while Sampdoria found some success on the left thanks to Tommaso Augello and Jakub Jankto, who tested Fuzato in the 20th minute with a cross dipping to the far right post, which Fuzato rose to claim with aplomb

The back-and-forth continued in the 22nd minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Edin Dzeko led a two-on-three counterattack, with Mkhitaryan playing Dzeko in the middle, but the Big Bosnian managed a little more than to dribble the counter to death , get suffocated by three defenders of Sampdoria

Dzeko almost had his moment in the sun in the 28th minute when Mkhitaryan again put him in the middle with a perfect ball, catching Dzeko around 30 yards away Dzeko dribbled past Audero and scored the ball low and away, but was quickly ruled offside

While Samp tested Fuzato with a few dangerous crosses and direct free kicks, their first live shot of the match only came in the 34th minute when Valerio Verre, a former Roma academy product , shot away from the goal

But that simple attempt precipitated a solid two to three minute spell where Roma simply couldn’t dispossess Sampdoria, who did well to recycle possession at the edge of the 18-yard box, forcing Fuzato to make another stop in the 35th minute

The game had definitely opened, but neither side created anything that looks like a clear chance, so it looked like we were going to go into the half without a goal. But in the 43rd minute, Edin Dzeko slackened to the left, took Audero out of his line and dribbled around the flared keeper before firing a left-footed shot into the side net Placing the ball to Dzeko’s left is far from ideal, but it was arguably Roma’s best half-time chance and was emblematic of their approach at this point – shoot the defense in the middle and choose Dzeko or Mayoral while they were doing a split second flees the final defender

After 44 largely untested minutes, Daniel Fuzato made a horrible blunder just before the halftime kick, playing an apathetic ball to Kumbulla on the left side of the pitch The pass, which appeared to die on the grass, was quickly picked up and immediately turned into a goal by Adrien Silva, who beat Fuzato down and to the right Fuzato wasn’t helped by Kumbulla, who seemed to be slipping, but it was a lousy end for the young Roma goalkeeper, who looked otherwise solid

As tough as it sounds, Roma started the second half with almost repeating the same mistake that gave Sampdoria the lead With Smalling under pressure in Roma’s third defensive end, he played a slow, rhythmic ball to Fuzato in the box With Gabbidiani rushing towards the free ball, Fuzato swings into action and barely manages to clear the ball from danger

It would be a harbinger of things to come for Roma, who completely collapsed in the second half, although they threw some kickbacks in the way of Sampdoria after narrowly avoiding a Another goal, Roma decided to create a chance in the 52nd minute when Cristante threw a cross on Mkhitaryan at the near post only to be denied again by Audero, who quickly covered the near post – and good thing because Mkhitaryan would have had a gimme goal

Despite the growing frustration, Roma continued to push and push Samp’s back line and almost had an equalizer just ahead of the hour when Edin Dzeko beat Audero down and away Dzeko, who was played in space by Cristante and Mayoral, was ruled offside again It was a true carbon copy of the first goal: he played in space, dribbles in a one-on-one, beats goalkeeper scores easily but is flagged offside

Dzeko’s frustration would continue to boil moments later when Santon whipped a perfect cross for Dzeko to the door of the penalty bench.But, rather than fighting for position, Dzeko remained unmoved, even though he always found the energy to complain

Fonseca would make his first match change in the 64th minute, bringing in Roger Ibañez for Kumbulla, who suffered multiple knee and hip blows throughout the match

With just over 25 minutes to go, Roma were down but not eliminated, but Sampdoria crushed Roma’s remaining hopes in the blink of an eye in the 65th minute when Jakub Jankto capitalized on a counterattack from Sampdoria, bursting into space and blowing past Santon to the right before beating an unfortunate Fuzato on goal

Roma came back straight away and were denied another offside goal Borja Mayoral scored a quick Giallorossi block but unfortunately Dzeko was offside during the preparation phase and the goal was was quickly cleared after a short VAR call

Giallorossi’s luck would change a few minutes later when Gianluca Mancini shot a cross from the right edge of the zone Adrien Silva used perfect technique to defend Mancini – with his head held high, hands behind his back – but the moment he played the ball, Silva inexplicably raised his hands, kicking the ball in the process and giving the ball a penalty. Roma

No, Edin Dzeko ran for the ball, chose the lower right corner to be stoned by Audero

And that was really it The last 15 to 20 minutes of the match were atrocious

Roma welcome Manchester United to the capital on Thursday for the return leg of the Europa League semi-finals

AS Roma, UC Sampdoria, Serie A, Paulo Fonseca

Ebene News – GB – Roma woes continue as they fall at Sampdoria 2-0

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