Fiorentina-Roma Ends Same Strong 1-1
Firenze – Fierce battles took place in Florence in the first leg of the Europa League last 16. Fiorentina as the hosts ahead, but Roma could eventually force a draw. The final score, 1-1.
In a match that took place at the Artemio Franchi, Friday (13/3) pm dawn, Fiorentina appear pressing since the beginning. Vincenzo Montella not put pure striker up front. He put the trio Joaquin, Mohamed Salah, and Josip Ilicic. The only pure striker brought, Khouma Babacar, started the game from the bench.
On the opposite side, Rome also lowers offensive formation with Juan Iturbe, Adem Ljajic, and Alessandro Florenzi are on the front lines. In a note ESPNFC, Rome does have fewer than Fiorentina attempt. However, attempts on target I Lupi even more.
Fiorentina incised 16 attempts throughout the match, but only 2 of them are right on target. Meanwhile, Rome had nine attempts, but 4 of them on target.
In the early game, One and Ilicic could threaten the goal of Rome. However, the opportunities gained by both teams have not been able to vibrate nets guests. It was only in the 17th minute Fiorentina can excel.
The opening goal was started by one of the host oper conducted by Daniele De Rossi. De Rossi’s error, Fiorentina immediately counterattack quickly. One direct way through the third final area before finally releasing a breakthrough in the right direction. On the right, Ilicic already waiting. After holding the ball for a moment, Ilicic immediately release the right leg kick from a narrow angle.
Three minutes later, Iturbe get a chance to equalize. However, kick forward Rome could still be stopped by Fiorentina goalkeeper, Neto.
Towards the end of the first half, Rome again get a chance. This time through a header from Seydou Keita. Bad luck for Keita, his header from close range was wide.
In the second half, precisely on the 60th minute, Roma earned a penalty after a foul on Iturbe Neto who breaks into the penalty box. Neto also get a penalty for the violation.
The penalty was protested Fiorentina players and Neto own. They feel there is no contact at all between the goalkeeper and Iturbe. However, their protest was ignored.
Adem Ljajic then advanced to the executor, but his shot to the left can be guessed by Neto. Ljajic kick pushed over the Net and Fiorentina supporters cheered.
Roma continued to press after the penalty. In the 77th minute, they finally equalized. Goals stems from a corner kick that made Florenzi. Floating ball into the penalty box Fiorentina then met with a header by Keita who stood not guarded.
Before the end of the second half, Roma could get a good chance. Starting from a built slowly, the ball is given to Radja Nainggolan who are outside the penalty box. Nainggolan then release the kick from outside the box, but his shot was still rising.
Fiorentina: Neto, Rodriguez, Basanta, Alonso, Tomovic, Badelj, Pizarro (Mati Fernandez 45), Borja (Aquilani 72), Joaquin, One, Ilicic (Babacar 81).
AS Roma: Skorupski, Yanga-Mbiwa, Cholevas, Torosidis, Manolas (Astori 26), Nainggolan, De Rossi (Pjanic 22), Keita, Iturbe, Ljajic (Gervinho 75), Florenzi.