It was far from a pretty match: a lackluster first half morphed into a tense second half that saw the Giallorossi lead for a total of five minutes. That is until Edin Dzeko found the back of the net on the last play of stoppage time. Roma found a way to take three massive points down a man in a tough road venue. A few players stood out as the Giallorossi took the W at the death in Bologna, but who should be named CdT Man of the Match?
Kolarov just makes it look so easy whenever the Giallorossi have a free kick near the opponents’ area. Today was no different. As my wife put it, it’s like shooting a free throw. Kolarov’s joy turned to frustration when he was whistled for a soft penalty that saw Bologna tie the score. However, he had a strong match on the left flank, especially in attack with 3 key passes, 6 accurate long balls, and an 88.4 passing percentage. A strong match from Kolarov, which shouldn’t be discounted for a harsh PK.
Pellegrini didn’t shine like last weekend when he had three assists. However, he played a pivotal role in the build up yet again. His assist on Dzeko’s winner was pinpoint; one of three accurate crosses that he put in. He also had six shots, won four aerial duels, completed two dribbles, three key passes, and was fouled three times. Solid all around game for the ever-improving Roman.
Dzeko may have been starved for service for large swaths of this match. However, in the end he ended up being decisive yet again. The Big Bosnian worked hard throughout, never lamenting his teammates difficulties. Most importantly, he continues to find his name on the scoresheet. This time with the stoppage time winner. Perhaps, the best move of the mercato was to reward him with a contract renewal.
Veretout continues to show why he was so highly sought after this summer. The Frenchman may not be flashy, but he has solidified the midfield. His run to set up the winner was fantastic; one of five successful dribbles. He also supplied 7 accurate long balls and had three total tackles. His insertion into the starting XI and Roma’s improved D doesn’t seem to be a coincidence.
Who was Roma’s Man of the Match against Bologna?
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