Folded by Venice, Rome swallows consecutive defeats

Folded by Venice, Rome swallows consecutive defeats

AS Roma have lost back-to-back matches after being knocked down at Venice headquarters and beaten 2-3 by the hosts in Italian League Match Week 12 at Pier Luigi Penzo Stadium on Sunday (7/11).

The result marks Roma’s first loss in two consecutive Serie A games since being under Jose Mourinho, after losing last week to AC Milan at home. Goals by Eldor Shomurodov and Tammy Abraham had given Roma a comeback from behind thanks to the quick goal from Mattia Caldara, but the Giallorossi failed to maintain this advantage and their goal was again shattered by Mattia Aramu and David Okereke who brought Venice back to victory.

The results put Roma temporarily stranded in fifth place in the table with 19 points after being passed by Atalanta last night. Roma’s position could further sag if city rivals Lazio win late in the game. As for Venice, this victory temporarily took them away from the relegation zone and occupy 14th place with 12 points, according to the official website of the Italian League.

Just three minutes into the match, Venezia managed to take the lead thanks to Caldara’s free-kick to accommodate Aramu’s free-kick to outsmart goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Roma almost found the back of the net in the 27th minute, but Abraham’s shot ended. Shomurodov’s cross still touched the post.

Roma’s hard work finally paid off in the 43rd minute when Shomurodov took advantage of a frayed situation in front of goal by finishing the ball gag after goalkeeper Sergio Romero parried Abraham’s head and Lorenzo’s shot Pellegrini.

Roma managed to turn things around just before half-time when Abraham’s left-footed strike found its way into the hosts’ goal in the second minute of added time for the first half.

Roma were eager to expand their lead 2-1 after the break, but none of their seven attempts in the first ten minutes of the second half came to fruition.

Instead of adding up front, Roma even awarded the hosts a penalty after Bryan Cristante knocked Caldara down inside the restricted area.

Aramu was the executioner and confidently inserted the ball into the lower right corner of the net to make it 2-2 again in the 65th minute. Roma’s next two chances came when suddenly Venezia launched a clinical counterattack and this was finished with a precise Okereke finish on Ethan Ampadu’s through pass to put the hosts back in front. in the 74th minute.

The goal ignited the enthusiasm of the Venezia players who were then more diligent in creating chances, including two back-to-back corner kick situations which forced Patricio to deal with securing the net for heads from Marco Modolo and Okereke. Venezia almost ended the game early at the end of regulation time when Thomas Henry completed Ridgeciano Haps’ cross, unfortunately his shot always hit the crossbar.

Roma had the last chance in the fourth minute of added time for a corner kick, but Gianluca Mancini’s header narrowly missed the mark and Venezia closed the game with a 3-2 victory over the visitors. This defeat is clearly a duty Mourinho has to do to improve Roma performance after the international break in around two weeks time. (OL-8)


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