The Roma is in the final of the Conference League! Thanks to a goal by Tammy Abraham the Giallorossi beat Leicester and take a pass to Tirana, where they will face Feyenoord, who won the double match with Marseille.
In a setting of sensational audience, Mourinho’s men take the lead after 11 ‘: Pellegrini’s corner kick from the right and cross at the near post, where Abraham is ready to beat Schmeichel
The Foxes face the match in the same way as the first leg, that is with the aim of imposing a frenzied pace on the race. The Roma defense practically never suffers and slowly begins to take control of the game, crushing the English in their half of the field. At 11 ‘the Giallorossi take the lead thanks to the home specialty, set pieces: on a corner kick from the right, Pellegrini puts it on the near post, where Abraham takes the time to the scorer and beats Schmeichel with a header which is stuffed under the crossbar. Also in the first 45 minutes, Mourinho’s men risk doubling, but Pellegrini coordinates badly with his left foot and kicks at the opposing goalkeeper.
However, Leicester takes the field and in the second half puts the curtains in the half of the field of Rome. However, the Foxes only shoot twice with Maddison and Iheanacho, but their attempts are central and are easily neutralized by Rui Patricio. An opportunity also happens on Zalewski’s feet: on a deflected pass by Oliveira, the ball ends up in his part, but the Pole from Tivoli does not kick immediately and hits Evans. In the final the Giallorossi are on the legs; to drag them thinks the Olimpico who with his cheering allows the players to throw the heart out of the obstacle. The referee blows his whistle, the party breaks out: Roma are in the final of the Conference League !!!
It is not about a fact on the pitch, but the episode of the match took place in the stands. At 50 ‘Rui Patricio is preparing to take a goal kick very calmly to buy time and while waiting the cameras frame Claudio Ranieri sitting in the stands. The whole Olympic stadium stops, the fans get up and give a thunderous applause to a coach who has entered the hearts of both clubs. Sir. Claudio, visibly moved, raises his arm in greeting. It is undoubtedly the most exciting moment of the match.
ROMA (3-5-2): Rui Patricio 6.5; Mancini 6.5, Smalling 7, Ibanez 7; Karsdorp 7, Cristante 6.5, Sergio Oliveira 7, Lo. Pellegrini 7.5, Zalewski 8 (Vina sv); Zaniolo 7 (Veretout sv), Abraham 7.5 (Shomurodov sv).
Abraham 7.5 – His inzuccata gives the Giallorossi a direct flight to Tirana. We see little in the goal area, but a champion is seen above all in moments of difficulty: he runs, fights, sprints, gets hurt but still runs. And then he cheers on the audience. Leader.
Zaniolo 7 – His size is able to face the gigantic English defenders and when Roma are in trouble, he relies on him, who puts on the body and allows his teammates to catch their breath. An international referee does not foul every contact of him;
Zalewski 8 – After the great performance of the first leg, the MVP is confirmed also in the return. He dominates on the left wing like a veteran, even if he’s just a kid providing enlightening passes for the forwards. His millennial confidence is seen instead in the ideas with which he sows panic in the defense of Leicester.
Pellegrini 7.5 – Collecting that headband worn by two football greats can’t be easy. Today, however, Pellegrini brought his team to the final and did it as a true captain, showing up in times of difficulty and taking responsibility for the game.
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