Europa League, Ludogorets-Roma 2-1

Shomurodov’s goal in the 86th minute was useless

Ludogorets beat Roma 2-1 in the match valid for the first day of the Europa League group C played at the Ludogorets Arena in Razgrad in Bulgaria. To the advantage of the hosts with Cauly in the 72nd minute Shomurodov replies in the 86th minute; two minutes later Nonato scored the match goal. In the other match of the group Betis Sevilla won 2-0 away to Hjk Helsinki.

The match

Start in attack for the hosts with Despodov, a meteor from Cagliari, who jumps Mancini in the 4 ‘. The solution sought is a hybrid between shooting and suggestion for the partner and the ball ends up on the bottom. Shortly after Roma protest for a penalty not granted to Pellegrini. However, the captain is the man who builds more chances for the guests: his first shot on goal in the 12th minute. At the turn of the half hour two chances, always with Pellegrini, on the development of as many inactive balls. Closing with the Ludogorets in forcing but the doors remain untouched.

At the opening of the second half, Pellegrini is still dangerous: face to face with Padt, on Dybala’s pocket, he chooses the soft touch that ends up a little higher. Shortly after Mourinho changes something: out of Belotti, still behind in condition, and a disappointing Celik for Shomurodov and Spinazzola, with Zalewski sliding to the right. At 27 ‘Cauly and good to slip into the corridor opened by the careless defense of Rome and face to face with Svilar, scores the 1-0. After the disadvantage, Mourinho tries again with the boys: inside Bove and Volpato, plus the new Camara purchase. It is Volpato and the former Olympiacos who are very close: on both occasions Ludogorets is saved on the goal line. When you least expect it, Roma equalized: Pellegrini again, this time at the cross from the bottom. All alone, Shomurodov hits his head and scores 1-1. It lasts a breath: at 88 ‘the usual Cauly makes the vacuum and discharges. Ibanez leaves room for Nonato, who does not forgive: 2-1. Curtain.