Sorrentino’s goalkeeping heroics deny Roma three points
Following Roma’s recent win in the champions league against Qarabag that saw the club win the group of death as they clinched their spot in the champions league Round of 16; as well as coming off a 37 shot performance in their 3-1 win over SPAL in the league Roma would return to league action. Roma would head to Verona as they took on Cheivo in the 15th match of this season’s Serie A campaign. Roma had won both meetings between the two teams a season ago with 5-3 and 3-1 wins respective however Cheivo is a team that has some fight in them they took a 0-0 draw against title challengers Napoli earlier this season they would try to do the same against Roma. With points dropped in the Juventus-Inter game Roma had the chance to make up ground in the title race. Several adjustments were made for Eusebio Di Francesco and Roma but the ruthless attack did not change. Roma controlled possession and dominated the first half with several great chances to break the deadlock Chievo’s attack was non existent as Roma continued to light them up but a superb goalkeeping performance from Sorrentino made it more difficult then it would have been otherwise. After the first half it was 0-0 in the second half Roma’s attack was heating up once again however there was some unreal goalkeeping from Sorrentino as he pulled off big save after big save in crucial moments Roma did everything the could a near flawless performance but the goalkeeping was just next level as Roma drop points in Verona. No ground was gained in the title race but with Inter,Juventus and Napoli all dropping points no ground was sacrificed either this title race is still wide open.A game in which Roma did everything right bedside putting the ball in the back of the net. Roma were sharp passing the ball at a high percentage dominated possession and abused Chevio’s goal. Unfortunately came across a goal keeper that was eagerly up to the challenge who had the game of his life. If Sorrentino isn’t the keeper this is an easy win for Roma Chievo brought practically nothing forward created absolutely nothing a part from a few chances Alisson didn’t really have anything to do. For Roma their weren’t a lack of chances either they just ran into a keeper that wasn’t going to be beat. Roma had 26 shots with several goal scoring chances it was a game that Roma deserved to win without a shadow of a doubt Roma were excellent but they just couldn’t beat the spectacular keeper. Roma came out very differently then they usual do but it wasn’t a tactical error Chevio’s goal was a firing range regardless. We got to see Patrik Schick start for the first time in a full 90mintue you can just see how good this kid can be I thought he did very well create more then a fair few chances he did a very good job filling in for Dzeko was able to balance that role very well. We also saw Gerson get another start in the strike force I thought that he did quite well once again he has truly shown that he is capable of doing well in this league after being barely used by Spalletti last season. Cengiz Under also made another appearance off the bench and did pretty good given the small amount of time that was given to him. This Roma team will be really good in a few years with the talent they have with these three. The biggest difference maker in this game was Sorrentino however the Man Of the match for Roma has to be between Kolarov and Gonalons I thought Gonalons did really well in an attacking sense which is something we haven’t quite seen from him I liked the way he went after it. However Roma’s man of the match for me was Alexzandar Kolarov with his 3rd time I’ve given it to him this season which puts him even with El Shaarawy for the 3rd most. Kolarov was excellent as he always is he competed 9 crosses as well getting his teammates into good situations a lot of the quality chances Roma got were off the back of what Kolarov did on the wing running the flank an all-round good performance. Roma weren’t poor in this game it actually was quite the opposite Roma needed to be a little sharper in front of goal lucky for Roma Napoli dropped points So no ground is lost time to regroup and get ready for Cagliari.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Alexsandar Kolarov