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Across the Romaverse, #120: Ola, Ola, Ola! Solbakken Sinks Verona

Ola Solbakken stole the show last weekend, scoring the lone goal in Roma's 1-0 win over Hellas Verona. We discuss his dream start and much more in the latest episode of Across the Romaverse.

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

Prior to kick-off on Sunday evening, Jose Mourinho found himself in a precarious position. The Giallorossi dropped points at Lecce last Sunday, then a late Salzburg goal sent the Lupi back to Rome with their tails between their legs after their Europa League first-leg match in Austria. To make matters worse, Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Pellegrini left Thursday’s match with physical ailments—making them unavailable against Verona.

Tammy Abraham lasted 14 minutes before Mourinho was down another cornerstone piece in an already heavily rotated line-up. However, it’s matches like these that create opportunities for others, and one of Roma’s new boys took his chance by the scruff of the neck. After torturing Roma in last season’s Europa Conference League, Ola Solbakken had his first positive impact for the Giallorossi.

It was the Norwegian’s 44th-minute goal—a cool finish on a great attacking move—that proved to make all the difference in a decisive 1-0 victory. In this episode, we discuss that, as well as the following:

  • Boos directed at Bove
  • Georginio Wijnaldum's performance
  • Looking ahead to Salzburg and the Europa League
  • Kumbulla or Llorente against Cremonese?

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