AMSTERDAM. Roma beat the Johan Cruijff Arena, overcoming Ajax 2-1 in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League, a score that puts the Giallorossi in an excellent position in view of the return to the Olympic stadium in seven days. To the advantage of the red and white with Klaassen in the 39th minute Pellegrini replied directly on a free kick with the complicity of the home goalkeeper Scherpen and Ibanez in the 87th minute. Roma starts well, taking advantage of the spaces left by Ajaxcon Dzeko who acts on the left and puts in the middle an inviting ball for Pellegrini who does not reach us by a whisker. The lancers’ response was immediate thanks to a ball from the right for Gravenberch in a central position, the midfielder’s shot was central and was blocked by Pau Lopez.
At 12 ‘Rome dangerous from the parts of Ajax, very nice dialogue between Pedro and Dzeko, the conclusion of the Bosnian ends just outside. Shortly after Spinazzola sows a couple of opponents on the left and puts a good ball in the middle for Dzeko who is anticipated and also commits a foul. At 17 ‘drumming action of the guests who try first on the left with Spinazzola, then on the right with Bruno Peres, in the end Cristante kicks from distance and Scherpen dives and puts in a corner. At 23 ‘another restart for the Capitoline with Spinazzola extending to the left and serving Dzeko who controls, turns and kicks: Scherpen saves. On the draw the former Atalanta accuses a muscle problem and shortly after he has to leave, replaced by Calafiori. Shortly after the half hour the Dutch return to be seen with a good combination between Antony and Tadic, the conclusion of the latter in turn on the far post comes out a little.
At 39 ‘the lancers unlock the match: the pressure of Roma goes out of rotation, the ball filters on the trocar, Mancini does not attack Klaassen who points the door, exchanges with Tadic and receives a return ball that he only has to push into the net. At 7 ‘of the restart the referee Karasev assigns a penalty to the hosts. Error in the disengagement phase for Roma, Ibanez commits a foul in the area on Tadic. The Serbian himself takes charge of the shot from 11 meters but Pau Lopez saves and saves his own. At 12 ‘comes the same thanks to Pellegrini. Punishment from the edge of the area by the Giallorossi captain: powerful but central shot on which Scherpen intervenes badly and sends the ball into his own goal.
At 24 ‘Ajax again dangerous, Brobbey works a good ball in the unloaded area for Tagliafico who kicks first, Pau Lopez deflects for a corner. At the half-hour percussion action of the lancers who put another ball in the middle, Antony tries a close heel strike and Pau Lopez closes the mirror once again. Shortly after Ajax pushes and goes deep again with a good play by Tadic for Antony who kicks on the fly but the Roma goalkeeper is attentive and sends for a corner. At 42 ‘comes the match goal for Roma. From the developments of a corner kicked from the left the ball ends up in Ibanez who coordinates perfectly and kicks a ball that slips under the crossbar for the Giallorossi apotheosis.