Diego Perotti Fires Roma Into the Round 16 as Roma win Group
Score: A.S Roma 1 Qarabağ 0 FT
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Following Roma’s domination of SPAL at the weekend Roma prepare for the final match day of the champions league group. As the worlds biggest club competition returns Everything is on the line as Roma have a chance to qualify with a win and can win the group with a win and a Chelsea loss. Back in match day 2 Roma went to the Baku Stadium and beat Qarabag 2-1 the chance to go through is there for them to make the knockout stage which is huge for a club like Roma after not being in the champions league last season. Qarabag would arrive to the Stadio Olimpico to try and ruin the party. Roma would be heavy favorites going into this one with the quality they have High flying Roma having the chance to close out the group here at home. They weren’t going to miss a chance to win out. Eusebio Di Francesco would have his side ready for a massive European night in Rome. Second place Roma against bottom of the group Qarabag as the Romans looked to keep their great form going on this Tuesday Night. Roma had a lot of chances in the first half and they nearly scored a few occasions but weren’t as sharp as they might of could of been. It was scoreless after the first half needed a goal Roma came out aggressive in the second half and it worked as Roma took the lead as Diego Perotti header’s beat the keeper to give Roma 1-0 lead. The Roma attack would only continue and continue in the second half with chances left and Right but Perotti’s decisive goal proved to be the difference as Roma win and thanks to Chelsea’s draw with Atletico Roma would win the group of death as Eusebio Di Francesco defined the odds to win the group despite no one believing that Roma could.
In a game where it was necessary for Roma to win with everything on the line Roma delivered and pulled off the impossible. Going into this game Roma needed a win to qualify for the Knockout stage but could win the group if Chelsea loss or drew due to Roma’s head to head advantage. Both happened here tonight Roma were heavy favorites in this game as they took on bottom Qarabag who had not been in the champions league before on paper it was all Roma but in the champions league you just never know Roma were in great position have already played the tough opposition already. After a scoreless first half things were getting nerve raking but a header from Diego Perotti fired home the winner the man who scored the winner in stoppage time of the last day of the season a year ago to get them in Europe as delivered for Roma as they win their Group something that no one believed could happen. Everyone picked Atletico and Chelsea to go through in this group of death. A man who Luciano Spalletti never believed in his thriving under the Eusebio Di Francesco. Tonight he is my man of the match winning it for the 4th time Diego Perotti only Dzeko as more this season for Roma he is been one of the best players in the champions league this season it would be outrageous if he doesn’t get picked for the Argentina national team this summer. Not only did he score the winner but he was flat out the best player on the pitch for a Roma team that was trying to win the group. The team from Azerbaijan tried to put up a fight against Roma very much tried parking the bus to earn what would be a fantastic point. They made Roma work for it despite being overmatched. In Eusebio Di Francesco’s first season he has taken this team to an incredible level given what they lost over the summer. Roma won this group because of there victory against Chelsea it came down to one game and delivered. This Roma team can go far in this competition if they are able to Avoid Real and Bayern in the Round of 16 I think Roma can make the Last 8 no one gave them chance to get out of this group no one will give them a chance in the next Round either but once again I believe Roma will fight to the end.
Man Of The Match: Diego Perotti