This Wednesday, Roma welcomed Hellas Verona for matchday 33 of the Serie A TIM. At the Olympic Stadium, the hosts opened a two-goal lead in the first half and were able to leave with the three points after a 2-1 victory. Jordan Veretout and Edin Dzeko scored for the home team, while Matteo Pessina diminished for the visitors.
The first half started with the away side trying to surprise and control the game. Already in the early minutes, they complained about a possible penalty after a play between goalkeeper Pau Lopez and Mattia Zaccagni, but the referee didn’t see it, nor the VAR.
Then, a few minutes later, the referee saw a penalty in favor of the hosts after Alan Empereur brought Lorenzo Pellegrini down inside the box. Frenchman Veretout stepped up and converted from the spot at the 10th minute to give his team the lead.
After suffering the goal, Verona didn’t stop trying to go to the attack and, once again, complained about a penalty after Dzeko’s handball inside the box. Again, nothing was given. However, after some time, the home team controlled the match and started to create many more chances, hitting the post and almost scoring in some opportunities.
It seemed that they would go to the locker room with a minimum lead on the scoring until Dzeko appeared during the injury time. At 45+4, Leonardo Spinazzola crossed perfectly onto number 9’s head to double the scoring.
As soon as the teams went back to the second half, the visitors were able to find a goal. At the 47th minute, Mattia Zaccagni sent a low cross into the six-yard box and Pessina scored a beautiful back-heel goal.
It was enough time for a comeback, but after the goal, the away side didn’t really create chances of at least scoring an equalizer. On the other hand, the home team had a few opportunities to increase their lead again but lost them sending the ball wide. With that, the match ended 2-1 to the hosts.
With the victory, Roma reached 57 points and remain in the 5th position. Meanwhile, Hellas Verona stopped at 44 points, in 9th place.