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Fazio’s 95th minute winner keeps AS Roma in title race

FT Score: AS Roma-1(Fazio) Cagliari-0
Stadio Olimpico, Rome

Following dropping points away in Verona to Cheivo last weekend Roma look to get back on the right track as they return on Saturday not in the 16th match of the Serie A campaign. Roma will welcome 14th place Cagliari to the Stadio Olimpico here in Rome as they try to get out of their slump. Roma and Cagliari faced off twice during last years campaign with Roma drawing the first meeting winning the second. Both teams in need of a win to get back into form with Roma having drawn two of there last three matches in the league while Cagliari have only picked up three points in the last 5 Serie A matches. Despite Roma’s draws against Geona and Cheivo they remain heavy favorites in this game it is a must win for the Giallorossi as the Romans intend to stay in this title race at the moment the race for the scudetto remains wide open Roma understand the importance of this game. the game would kick off in Rome from the start it would be what you would expect Roma came out very aggressive attacking the Cagliari defense constantly. Roma would be all over them but the defensive style of play kept it even going in the half. In the second half Roma continued to be all over them early in the second half Roma were given a penalty as Diego Perotti stepped up and the man who never misses missed as his shot was saved Roma continued to attack but the later he became the more and more it started to look like dropped points then in the bitter end Fazio scored the dramatic late winner off a free kick from Kolarov as Fazio to keeps Roma in the hunt for the Scudetto. Next week Roma will face a real test as they travel to Turin to face Juventus an important three points for Roma

A dramatic win for Roma sees them keep themselves in the title race the Romans nearly dropping two points at home. Roma really left it to the bitter end tonight at the Stadio Olimpico as Federico Fazio rescue Roma with his 95th minute strike to keep Roma’s Season alive. With the win here today it puts them even with Juventus who they play next week in Turin. This is a massive win without this late winner if could of been all but over for Roma in this seasons Hunt for the Scudetto. A brilliant display from Roma in the attacking sense as they were going at Cagliari all game long but struggled with the clinical finishing needed. Eusebio Di Francesco went for it tactically starting Dzeko and Schick together a partnership that could be very dangerous as the season progresses I thought it worked quite well with both players getting very good chances to score throughout the game as time progresses I think we will see more good performances from this strike force that featured Perotti today. Perotti missed from the spot early in the second half that would of given Roma this lead much earlier very disspointg as he is nearly untouchable from 12 yards out. Roma were able to rebound from it with Fazio late goal it required late heroics largely because of the way in which Cagliari lined up they played very defensive a parked bus was very much placed in the Stadio Olimpico as they played with 5 defensive midfielders they had no intention of winning the game they wanted the point only two players were in attacking positions. Over the 90 minutes Alexzandar Kolarov was the man who stuck out making his impact felt no only did he deliver the game winning ball that Fazio put away but often sent service to the strikers he played a near perfect game he continues to prove how much of a bargain he is. Fazio aside from the goal did really well in his own right as he played brilliant defensively and scored the winner the man of the match he shared between the both of them. Roma need to work on the finishing the chances are there they must be more clinical. We seen Alisson get another clean sheet taking his league leading about to 9 despite not having to do anything practically. This wasn’t Roma best performance but a win like this goes along in this competitive title race. Next week Eusebio Di Francesco and Roma take on Juventus it what will surely be a tense match but Roma will be ready for it.

MAN OF THE MATCH– Fazio,Alexander Kolarov (Shared)

Next Match: vs Torino,Saturday,December 20th,2017
Next Match In Serie A: vs Juventus,Sunday,December 23th, 2017