15 de Abril de 2021

Roma through to semifinal after draw in second leg (1-1)

Onto the Semifinal!!! Edin Dzeko scored a vital goal to ease the nerves as Roma qualified for the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night. And that proved crucial, as the game at the Stadio Olimpico eventually finished 1-1 - ensuring a 3-2 aggregate win for Paulo Fonseca's side after last week's 2-1 win in Amsterdam. Manchester United will be the next opponent to beat in semifinals.

After the 90-minute contribution by Pedro on the first leg of the tie, the Spaniard played the final stage of the game replacing Mkhitaryan.

Substitute Brian Brobbey scored moments after half-time for the visitors, but the second goal they needed to have any hope of progressing would not prove forthcoming.

In truth it was Ajax who controlled large parts of the contest, dominating possession - especially in the first half - and probing for opportunities.

It was not until Brobbey came on, however, that they found a way to break the deadlock. The young striker latched onto a deep ball into space to flick home, setting up a dramatic final 40 minutes.

Soon after Dusan Tadic thought he had put his side ahead in the tie, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul in the build-up. It was a let-off for the Giallorossi, who certainly made the most of it.

Dzeko's goal - after a great run and cross from Calafiori - did not change the task for Ajax manifestly, but now another goal for them would only be enough to force extra-time, not win the tie outright. And that added security seemed to calm Roma - who did not have too many real scares as they saw out the contest.


- Match stats:

Roma (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Calafiori (80’ Villar); Mkhitaryan (87’ Pedro), Pellegrini; Dzeko (80’ Mayoral)

Ajax (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Klaiber (67’ Schuurs, 83’ Idrissi) , Timber, Martinez, Tagliafico; Alvarez (70’ Kudus), Klaassen, Gravenberch; Antony (46’ Brobbey), Tadic, Neres (83’ Traorè)

Bookings: Taylor amonestó a Ibañez 43’, Veretout 67’, Mancini 68’, Dzeko 78’, Cristante 86’, Tagliafico 89’, Martínez 90+2’.

Goals: 49’ Brobbey, 72’ Dzeko.

- Match report by asroma.com

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