Roma definitively said goodbye to the Champions League. They had few options to qualify for the Champions League after losing 0-2 at the Olympic against Udinese; who took a big step to ensure permanence. The second defeat followed by Paulo Fonseca’s team, after Sunday’s 2-0 win against Milan; keeps him in fifth place but already 12 points behind Atalanta (4th) and, furthermore, I couldn’t neglect since he has 6 points to Verona (8th) in the fight to access the Europa League.
The match was complicated for Roma before the first quarter of an hour with a lucky goal from Udinese. Kevin Lasagna focused on the left and Rodrigo De Paul on the other side spliced fatally; but his blunder became a perfect assist for Lasagna himself, first, to finish off the net.
In half an hour another blow for Roma. Diego Perotti was sent off with a red card for a tough foul on Rodrigo Becao and left his teammates in numerical inferiority. Despite this setback, Roma stepped up their pressure in midfield and kept the initiative. Udinese, meanwhile, arrived with great danger every time they went against the counter.
Carles Perez, the only resource of Rome
He found Paulo Fonseca’s team very difficult to create scoring chances. With Edin Dzeko reserved on the bench, the only ones were the result of the initiative of Carles Perez and Cengiz Under. A shot by the Perez was the origin of the clearest since the ball reached Bryan Cristante; whose crashing from outside the area crashed into the crossbar (32 ‘).
Before the break Under, after a pass from Carles Perez, had the tie but Musso flew to deflect a shot towards the squad. Paulo Fonseca left Under in the booth and replaced Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Carles Perez continued to argue for the goal with two occasions that Musso frustrated. In the 63rd minute, Fonseca gave way to the young Murcian Gonzalo Villar ay Dzeko. Chris Smalling, with a slightly deflected header in a corner, had the last option to put Roma in the game. Udinese did more and more damage to the counterattack and in one of the De Paul served Ilija Nestorovski on a plate 0-2, who gave his team his first victory in the Olympic since 2012.