Match Report: Serie A newcomers given a lesson or two about top flight football by the Giallorossi
A.S Roma 4 Benevento 0 FT
Stadio Ciro Vigorito, Benevento
Following Roma’s Recent victory last weekend against Verona at home, Roma resumed their journey in Serie A with their mid-week and 4th Match Day of the season Campaign. This time the Giallorossi headed on the road to face another side that Roma was expected to be able to deal with quite easily. As they prepared to faceoff against newly Promoted Benevento it would be the first time the two teams have ever faced on against each other.
Benevento have lost their previous 4 games to start the season most recently getting crushed by Napoli 6-0. So going into the match Roma were the heavy favorites. Roma however was without the services of Patrick Schick and Radja Nainggolan due to injury and as a result Eusebio Di Francesco made a few more adjustments for this game as he changed things up a little bit due to the absentees.
Once again the tactics really did seem to make the difference in this game. The game was very dominated by Roma much like against Verona. Benevento put up more of a fight thought out the game as Alisson was challenged on several occasion but they was always going to be one winner here. Roma opened up the scoring just past the 20 minute mark As Kolarov set up Dzeko for the opening goal of the game giving Roma the early 1-0 lead as it happens it would be the exact minute Roma took the lead last week as well. Benevento did continued to try and put up a fight but Roma would double there lead about 10 minute before the end of the half when Benevento tried to stop Dzeko from scoring another off a pass into the box as a result Lucioni put it into his own net to give Roma the 2-0 lead going into the half. In the second half Roma would be in control of the game once again as Dzeko would add his Second goal of the game to give Roma the 3-0 lead before another own goal would pile it on to make it 4-0 victory for the Giallorossi taking Roma’s point total to 9pts with one game back. With EDF’s tactics instrumental in Roma’s 4-0 victory.
Another very convincing performance from Roma once again despite the score line they were slightly challenged in certain parts of the game. But as it happens Benevento just didn’t have enough to realistically give Roma a fight they lacked the quality and they were unable to finish off chances. As they drop yet another game Roma seems to start getting some momentum. There staring to look like a very dangerous team on the attack EDF has continued to put players in the right spots I think tactically his approach and the way he lines up his team is probably better than Spalletti I don’t think he’s quite a better manager but the way he set up his team might be better than Lucaino. In this game he used size and physical advantage he put Dzeko up front but a little deeper than usual because of a major height advantage in their defense. The 6’4 Bosnian was often up against a 5’8 defender which allowed Dzeko to operate in space very well there wasn’t much the defenders could do to stop him. In this game we also saw Pellegrini and Under get another start both looked pretty sharp Under didn’t have his best game but getting the kid out there is very important.
EDF also brought Bruno Peres and Juan Jesus back into the defense which greatly helped putting the Benevento attack in check due to the speed they have. Perotti retuned to the lineup as well playing really well again also the impact of Kolarov in this game must be mentioned he has been Roma’s best defender this season he has not had a bad game yet getting a pitch perfect assist a top of a good performance. Maxime Gonalons given his debut and though he did well with De Rossi and Nainggolan being not used The team collectively to very well together with another inspiring performance. Edin Dzeko gets his second Match of the match award this season he was dangerous through out the game scoring two goals and could of added two more if it wasn’t for the bad luck with the post not only did he score but he did well leading the line passed at a high level in this game had an all around great performance. Following this match up returning home to face off with bottom half Udinese side in Rome on Saturday. Before Roma hit the most difficult part of this schedule so far as they play AC Milan, Napoli and Chelsea in a row. So at this point Roma need to be winning all the games against these bottom sides. Another inspired victory for Roma as they move into the top 5 still beimg a game back once again Eusebio Di Francesco tactics made the difference.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Edin Dzeko
Next Match In Serie A: vs Udinese, Saturday, September 23rd, 2017