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Sinners & Saints: Roma 2, Inter 2

Some sinners. Some saints. Some stuck in-between. What else would you expect from Roma v Inter?


Given the recent history between AS Roma and Inter Milan (five straight draws dating back to January 2018), I'm not sure we should have expected anything other than a draw yesterday, but after Roma went up 1-0 in the 17th minute thanks to a Lorenzo Pellegrini goal, I'm sure I wasn't alone in imagining a new week starting off with Roma sitting in second place (or at least a share of it).

Jockeying for table position when we're not even 50% of the way through the season is ultimately pointless, but considering how much Roma have struggled against Italy's top teams, dispatching Antonio Conte and Inter Milan, and then tying them on the table on 36 points, would have been a tremendous shot in the arm for Roma.

But, it's not all bad news: Roma are still in third place, though Atalanta and Juventus are hot on their heels.

So, before we shift our focus to this week's Derby della Capitale, let's look at the peaks and valleys from yesterday's draw.

The Sinners

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Roger Ibañez

A rare off day for Roma's boy wonder, Ibañez wasn't dreadful yesterday but he wasn't terribly effective. In 90 minutes, Ibañez struggled to get in the flow of the match, managing only one clearance, one tackle, three interceptions and went 1-5 on ground duels, while also losing possession eight times.

It wasn't an egregious performance from Ibañez, but well off the mark by his usual standards.

Leonardo Spinazzola

Similar to Ibañez, Spinazzola's afternoon was more about inefficiency and ineffectiveness rather than glaring errors or poor decision making. Subbed out for Bruno Peres after 72 minutes, Spinazzola struggled to make an imprint against Inter, failing to create any shots, going 1-4 on crosses, and 2-7 on dribbles while losing possession 12 times.

The Saints

Football Serie A Roma-Inter Photo by Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Lorenzo Pellegrini

Pellegrini sure is enjoying this more advanced role, isn't he? In 90 minutes yesterday, Pellegrini had two shots on goal, three key passes, one successful dribble, went 2-4 on crosses, and a perfect 3-3 on long-balls while scoring Roma's first goal in the 17th minute.

Gianluca Mancini

Roma's other goal scorer receives a halo thanks to an impressive all-around effort. In addition to his late equalizer, Mancini did his usual defensive business (one tackle, two INTs, four clearances, and four duels won) while also completing 89% of his passes.

Gonzalo Villar

Sr. Stat Stuffer was at it again yesterday. In 90 minutes, Villar managed 84 touches, completed 90% of his passes, set up two shots, went 2-2 on crosses, 1-1 on longballs, had one interception, three tackles, and won 50% of his duels.

Pau Lopez

He wasn't tested much and couldn’t really do much to prevent either Inter goal, but Lopez made four saves in the box, including two spectacular efforts (one leaping, one off his line) that proved to be the difference between a draw and a defeat.

Stuck In-Between

AS Roma v FC Internazionale - Serie A Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

Jordan Veretout: One great long-range shot, one key pass, 2-3 longballs and 97% pass completion

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Three shots (only one on target), two key passes, two tackles.