Roma couldn’t get past the goalless draw at home against an enraged Bologna and, although he remains in fifth position, he loses the advantage he had with Lazio after this thirty-fifth round of Serie A, the honorable division of Italian football.
Bologna is still in a state of grace and has already accumulated six games in a row without defeat. After turning the Italian domestic championship upside down by beating Inter (2-1) last Wednesday, Roma has been his next victim.
The men led by the Serbian Sinisa Milhajlovic have become a ‘giant killer’ during the last stretch of the season. Atalanta, Milan, Juventus, Inter and now Roma, all in just over a month. Neither has achieved a victory.
the portuguese Jose Mourinho he approached the game thinking about the second leg of the Conference League semifinals against the English Leicester and did not line up several regular players.
The domain was distributed, although in the first half the ‘Loba’ led the singing voice and had the clearest chances. However, the visiting defense, led by Chilean Gary Medel, foiled the ‘giallorrossi’ attempts.
Little by little, the team from Bologna (north) was finding themselves more comfortable. the austrian Marko Arnautovic returned to leave another more than remarkable performance, already habitual, and vented the departure of his team, caused failures in the local defense and beat the Italian Roberto Mancini in most of the direct duels. He lacked the goal to complete the night.
The Portuguese coach brought on four starting players at once in the second half to reverse the tie: the Englishman Tammy Abrham, the Italian Lorenzo Pellegrini, the Polish Nicola Zalewski and the Dutchman Rick Kardosp.
The ‘Loba’ improved and was much more incisive in attack with Pellegrini and Abrahambut Bologna did an exercise in resistance in the final minutes and relied on counterattacks, which on occasion put the goal defended by the Portuguese Rui Patricio in trouble.
The goalless draw was on the scoreboard for 95 minutes and, after this draw, the Romans remain fifth with 59 pointsoccupying the Europa League place, although tied with Lazio and three from Fiorentina. Bologna, meanwhile, remains 13th, out of danger and with nothing at stake.
Karsdorp (57′, Maitland-Niles), Nicola Zalewski (57′, El Shaarawy), Lorenzo Pellegrini (58′, Carles Pérez), Tammy Abraham (58′, Felix Afena-Gyan), muse barrow (61′, Riccardo Orsolini), By Silvestri (61′, Dense Kasius), Mathas Svanberg (68′, Nicolas Dominguez), Eldor Shomurodov (76′, Veretout), Arthur Theate (81′, Kevin Bonifazi), Michel Aebischer (81′, Soriano)
Referee: Michael Fabbri
VAR Referee: Marco Piccinini
Medel (40′, Yellow