Unlucky. To say the least. A shot blunder that becomes a clumsy assist but perfect for the Portuguese striker who then does not miss. 2-1. The goal that enshrines a result that is not satisfying from Roma’s point of view, for what has been seen on the pitch. And what makes Porto happy is that it has seen a more than decent result in view of the return to Portugal.
Roma had a decent start, maybe a little contracted in the first half, but then Dzeko’s chance over the post warmed the spirits. Porto showed great possession, everyone can be found in the right place, play on the right pace, to scan an almost memorized game. Roma has struggled to break these patterns, but has’ defended well anticipating the opponents, thanks to a great Manolas, succeeding then pierced the Portuguese with counter breaks, led by a great Cristante in the middle, refined by an inspired Dzeko , then finalized by a stratospheric Zaniolo. Double brace for him. Excellent Kolarov on the wing and Pellegrini to support the punters
Rome has tried in every way but has not managed to bring home the hoped result. From a possible 3-0 to Lopez’s goal, not expected at the Roma camp. But this is football. Waiting for the return match, the fairy tale remains Zaniolo, now a star courted by several big teams. Needless to hide, this guy is of another level, a cross between Totti and Iniesta, strong on the legs, power and inspiration. Head on shoulders and so humble. He has everything to become a great, great player. If serious, Roma is to invest and build the team around him, present and future. Give him the number 10 of Totti. And immediately the new contract. Only way not to lose it. Francesco will agree, you will see. And so he would say, sell anyone but not Zaniolo.