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AS Roma Show The Sky Is The Limit

Posted by Kevin Walker Sunday, February 14, 2021

AS Roma win again, 02.13.10The Giallorossi dominated Saturday evening, soundly defeating Palermo during their round 24 match, courtesy of one aka Matteo Brighi.

Roma's well-organized attack early-on, met by a laid back Palermo XI content to play fetch, yielded several corners but no damaging finish. As expected Palermo took a crack at it on the counterattack, but were also taking advantage of the space given to Federico Balzaretti to move forward—as Marco Motta seemed willing to concede ground. 8 minutes in, Francesco Totti would link up with Rodrigo Taddei—who was eager to go it alone, missing John Arne Riise open on the far side. The Brazilian’s offering went in low to keeper Salvatore Sirigo, who easily made the save.

The visitors would strike back soon thereafter, as Mattia Cassani worked a clever play with Fabio Simplicio down the right. Cassani’s cross was allowed to roll through by Edison Cavani to Fabrizio Miccoli, but from 12 yards the striker lofted his shot skyward. A 30 yard shot from Giulio Migliaccio ten minutes later forced Julio Sergio to make a respectable save. The strike would be just enough of a threat to introduce some doubt in the Roma defense, spurring the squad into regaining possession.

The initial result would be a yellow card to Simon Kjaer from referee Tagliavento for Palermo, after a poor challenge on a surging Taddei down the left flank. Roma were ignited by the passion of the play. Daniel De Rossi first sent a cross in that would fall to Mirko Vucinic—but the Montenegrin’s shot would be sent wide.

Roma would find their first goal on 33 minutes off a Totti corner collected by Brighi., The Roma midfielder simply sidefooted it in pass the keeper to give the home-side the lead as the ball took a deflection off Palermo defender Cesare Bovo, beating keeper Sirigu. After the initial goal it was all downhill for the visitors with Palermo resigning themselves to defeat too easily.

After the Interval

To the visitor's credit they pressed for an equalize after the first 45, but made little of their chances as events only worsened. The Beast Julio Baptista, netted Roma’s second goal in 53rd minute, putting the match beyond any real doubt for Claudio Raneiri's crew. Motta’s excellent cross from the right flank would be helped along by Taddei (who committed a questionable push on Cassani), leaving the ball for Brighi to set up Baptista with an easy shot from five yards out. Less than 10 minutes later Brighi got his second tally after the ever-vigilant Motta sent a cross into the box. The ball would bounce back to Brighi, who took it off a knee to whip a 20 yards shot into the far post. Keeper Sirigu managed to get a hand on it, but would be left red faced as the ball squirts pas into the back netting.

Javier Pastore’s late effort would provide the visitors a consolation goal. The Argentinean, rather lucky to receive a penalty (after being sandwiched by Taddei and De Rossi at the edge of the box), allowed for hitman Miccoli to convert with style. Roma however would not be denied further glory, scoring a 4th goal only moments later. David Pizarro threaded the ball through the porous Palermo defense to John Arne Riise and it was little more than a tap in for the big man. It was a tight angle on the left, but Riise made it look easy enough! 4-1 Roma!

Ranieri's team continue to surprise as their remarkable form continues. With 6 points behind Internazionale (who have a game in-hand), they managed to put some pressure on the leaders and record a sixth straight league victory. Juventus handlers are surely regretting the release of Ranieri now.

Roma: Julio Sergio; Motta, Burdisso, Juan, Riise; De Rossi, Pizarro; Taddei, Brighi, Vucinic (Menez 65); Totti (Julio Baptista 46)

Palermo: Sirigu; Cassani, Kjaer, Bovo, Balzaretti; Migliaccio, Liverani, Bresciano; Simplicio (Pastore 56); Miccoli, Cavani (Budan 72)

Ref: Tagliavento

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