In it clash of styles who faced Roma and Real Sociedad for the first time in history (2-0), José Mourinho emerged victorious who, starting from a solid defensive framework, deactivated a Real who tried without success and gave in to two blows from the locals .
Roma put the tie on track with a demonstration of what this team is. A team that feels comfortable without the ball, very solid in defense and that as soon as they have the opportunity they look for Dybala to generate all the danger. All this, combined with a absolute mastery of set pieces that once again served the ‘giallorossi’ to leave the tie on track.
The game began with many doubts and inaccuracies, but just when Real began to fuel, to find itself between the lines in the rhombus that formed Zubimendi, Merino, Illarramendi and Silva, Roma gave the first blow and signed a house brand goal. A quick transition in which Dybalaof course, ruled the roost.
The ‘Jewel’ picked up the ball that Rico lost in the left-handed profile, with meters to go. He temporized the Argentine, waited for the perfect moment to cede the ball inside the box to Abrahamwho with a hip feint made a hole to get the center that finished off at will The Shaarawy at the far post, causing the explosion of the private Coliseum of Rome.
The goal left a Spanish team very touched that was about to concede the second goal within a minute. An inaccuracy by Remiro in the exit of the ball he infarcted the visiting fans.
Mourinho’s plan worked, a game that, after the goal, developed as he wanted the ‘giallorosso’ set, orderedgiving up possession and being very vertical with El Shaarawy due to the left-handed profile.
Absolute seriousness of the ‘Loba’ in defense, stopping the inmates of kubo and making Real’s possession sterile, with Silva being the most outstanding player of the visitors. A disputed match, but with the feeling that Roma had him under control, that if he pressed he could generate chances.
He had it, in fact, just before the break. A new error by Remiro froze Real again. This time clearer, more serious. Abraham pressed and complicated the goal’s clearance, which bounced directly at Dybala’s head, but with such power that the ‘Jewel’ couldn’t direct his header into an empty goal.
Real came out strong in the second half, willing to recover from the setback of the first goal as soon as possible. She caused problems in Roma’s defensive network, although a long shot from Rico, which forced Rui Patricio to stretch to the maximum, was his best option to tie the game in those minutes of local confusion.
Mourinho’s team was recomposed and the script was repeated again. Roma did not concede, they were a block in defense, with Matic and Cristando putting out fires in the center of the field and with Smalling, Mancini and Kumbulla prevailing up front.
Roma felt comfortable, knowing that they were going to enjoy some occasion like the one Belotti crashed against a squadin a new demonstration that this Roma is very clear about their plan and their style of play.
Alguacil tried to gather skillful pieces that could dismantle the Roman defensive framework and gave entry to Oyarzabal, Brais Mendez and Cho. Real improved, Merino had a very clear chance inside the small area, but it was not enough.
In fact, the Basque team paid dearly for the occasion when Roma knocked them out with three minutes to go. He did it with another house brand move. Dybala put a perfect ball from the corner so that Kumbulla entered like a plane at the far post. Mourinho won the first game of chess against Alguacil.
— Data sheet:
2 – Rome: Rui Patricio; Llorente (Kumbulla, m.46), Smalling, Mancini; El Shaarawy (Spinazzola, m.61), Matic, Cristante, Karsdop; Pellegrini (Wijnaldum, m.61), Dybala (Bove, m.88); Abraham (Belotti, m.61).
0 – Royal Society: I remir; Gorosabel (Sola, m.83), Zubeldia, Le Normad, Rico; Illarramendi (Brais, m.75), Merino, Zubimendi, Silva (Turrientes, m.83); Sorloth (Sorloth, m.67) and Kubo (Cho, m.75).
goals: 1-0, m.13: El Shaarawy; 2-0, m.87: Kumbulla.
Referee: S. Scharer. He showed a yellow card to Matic (m.94) by Roma; and to Zubeldia (m.71) and Oyarzábal (m.94) by Real Sociedad.
incidents: First leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.