Rome-Bologna 1-0, goal by Pellegrini from a penalty

The Giallorossi impose themselves with the midfielder’s goal

Roma beat Bologna 1-0 in the match valid for the 16th day of Serie A. Roma thanks to this success, signed by Pellegrini on a penalty kick for a foul on Dybala, reached 30 points by catching Lazio, defeated in Lecce, while Bologna remains at 19 points.

THE MATCH – For the first match of 2023 Mourinho surprises with the introduction of Tahirovic as owner from the first minute with Cristante in midfield, while in attack Dybala and Pellegrini in support of Zaniolo, and Abraham starting from the bench. Thiago Motta instead relies on Arnautovic supported by Orsolini, Ferguson and Soriano.

Roma got off to a strong start right away and took the lead in the 6th minute with a penalty kick scored by Lorenzo Pellegrini. The Roma captain displaces Skorupski with a right to the edge of the post. The penalty is awarded for a foul by Lucumí on Dybala. Just the Argentine in the 10th minute enters the area with the ball but is stopped by Medel. Mouy’s Roma continued to push and in the 17th minute a powerful shot from Mancini arrived which was deflected by Zaniolo almost mocking Skorupski but ended up over the crossbar.

Bologna can be seen in the 31st minute with Orsolini attempting a spectacular bicycle kick in the area but finishing wide wide. In the 42nd minute Dybala is still the protagonist. From Pellegrini’s corner, the ball remained in the area and Joya kicked twice: the first hit Dominguez, the second grazed the crossbar. Then in the 44th minute Zaniolo was still dangerous but his shot went wide.

Also at the start of the second half it was Mourinho’s team that became dangerous. In the 48th minute great control by Pellegrini who serves Celik, a deflected ball that reaches Zaniolo, a first intention turn shot but a close outgoing shot by Skorupski who saves Bologna. In the 56th minute Bologna reappeared from Rui Patricio’s side with a triple chance which ended with Lucumi’s shot blocked on the ground by the Giallorossi goalkeeper. Thiago Motta’s team increased in intensity and in the 61st minute Ferguson missed Dominguez’s cross at the far post by a few centimetres.

Mourinho changes and first inserts Abraham for Zaniolo, then Zalewski for El Shaarawy, Matic for Tahirovic and Bove for Dybala. In the 71st minute Bologna ask for a penalty for an alleged foul by Matic on Ferguson but the referee Santoro warns the rossoblu player for simulation with the confirmation of the Var. Bologna tries to recover the game but the Roma defense concedes little. In the 89th minute Dominguez tries with a shot from around that goes wide. Bologna very close to equalizing in full stoppage time: in the 95th minute Smalling deflects Pyyhtiä’s shot for a corner, then on the following corner Abraham’s header on the goal line saves the result.