A deserved but painful victory. A 2-1 that resurrects Mourinho’s Roma and relaunches its ambitions in the championship bringing it back to fourth place, just one distance from the top. In Empoli the light of Dybalaauthor of a fine goal and the decisive assist on the goal of Abraham. For the rest, the usual repertoire of stakes hit and missed opportunities, starting with a penalty of Pilgrims. For the hosts, the goal of the momentary draw made in the final of the first half by is useless Bandinelli.
The choices of Mourinho and Zanetti
Mourinho finds Abraham in front with Pellegrini and Dybala behind him. Celik gains place on the right, on the left is Spinazzola. Zanetti again relies on the Lammers-Satriano couple in attack, while the keys to the trocar go to Pjaca.
Lively first half, Dybala lights up Rome
The first half is fun with Empoli starting strong and Roma growing slowly but when it does it gives the opponents shivers: we are only at 6 ‘when Dybala lights up his evening with a deviation under the measure that hits the post straight. It ‘s just the starter of an evening of absolute level for the Argentine. Ten minutes and Joya go by find the net of advantage painting a dream trajectory with a left around the edge that gives no hope to Vicario. It is the 1-0 that unlocks the game but shakes Empoli who begins to grind the game, putting the Giallorossi rearguard in difficulty several times. Pjaca first and a sensational pole hit by Satriano then are a clear alarm signal for Roma suffering from the push of Parisi on the wing (what a duel with Celik) and the resourcefulness of Satriano And Lammers there in front. The guests, however, do not wait passively but propose themselves forward by creating scoring balls thanks to the genius of Dybala. Right on the sunset of the first fraction, Empoli finds the same thanks to a clever as well as spectacular Bandinelli’s header who exploits the passivity of the Giallorossi defense on a cross from Stojanovic from the right.
Shooting, how many emotions!
The recovery begins in the sign of Rome with Ibanez one step away from the header on a brushstroke cross by Pellegrini: on the goal line it is Parisi who replies with a decisive intervention. The guests hold the ball in their hands but maneuver in a too staid way allowing the Empoli quick restarts. Fatigue is felt on the legs and scoring chances are seen few. At 70 ‘it is Satriano to devour the goal of the advantage on the cue of the newly entered Akpa Akpro: the attacker slips well behind Mancini but on the most beautiful he kicks sensationally to the side in front of Rui Patricio. Roma trembles but a minute later finds the 2-1 goal thanks to the umpteenth great play by Dybala who from the right brushes a cross into the area to kiss Abraham, good at reiterating goals under measure. Shortly after the Giallorossi would have the opportunity to send the challenge to the archive thanks to a rigor granted by the referee Marinelli for a knockdown of Ibanez but on the spot Pellegrini misses the opportunity by shooting on the crossbar. Mourinho runs for cover and enters first Bove and then Belotti. Just the new entrants have two good opportunities neutralized by Vicario’s feline reflexes, then he thinks about it Akpa Akpro to take the scene first hitting the pole with a dry conclusion from the edge and then getting expelled for a very tough post on Smalling. During the nine minutes of injury time, Empoli is close to equal with Ismajlil that frightens Rui Patricio from the edge. Before the final whistle there is still time to see the entrance of Camara. Roma can celebrate an important victory but it came with too much suffering. Mourinho must once again thank Joya for him.
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