Verona-Roma 2-1, Giallorossi ko and Mourinho is waiting for Lukaku

The Venetians with full points after 2 days, Rome without victories

Verona beat Roma 2-1 in the advance on the calendar for the second day of Serie A 2023-2024. The Venetians impose themselves with goals from Duda and Ngonge. The Giallorossi close the gap with Aouar but do not complete the comeback. Verona flies to 6 points at the top of the standings, the formation of Mourinho – who awaits the arrival of Lukaku from Chelsea – remains at 1 winless in 180 minutes.


Verona passes immediately. In the 4th minute Rui Patricio was not flawless on Terracciano’s shot, the goalkeeper’s rebound was a gift for Duda which is not wrong: 1-0. Roma were forced to chase from the start and came close to equalizing in the 10th minute: a corner, Cristante hits the header and hits the crossbar. In the 16th minute Pellegrini missed the goal by a few centimetres, in the 28th minute Dybala appeared in front of Montipò who saved with his foot. In the 31st minute Magnani had to sacrifice himself to reject Zalewski’s shot, while the yellow and red pressure increased. In the 41st minute Roma won a penalty for Hongla’s hand ball. The Var, however, cancels the penalty because the action is tainted by offside. The draw doesn’t come, the doubling does. Verona, after almost the entire first half in the trenches, strikes on the counterattack. Duda throws Ngonge who runs away to the right, drinking Smalling and on the 48th hole Rui Patricio with his left: 2-0.

Mourinho changes Roma with 3 substitutions. The insertion of Aouar, in particular, turns out to be spot on. The new signing in the 56th minute is ready to take advantage of the carambola triggered by Pellegrini’s shot and Belotti’s header: 2-1, race reopened. However, the Giallorossi struggled to find space in the last half hour, Dybala’s exit due to muscle problems didn’t help. Verona closes in and uses strong tactics when needed: Hien spreads Belotti in the 84th minute and is sent off. Roma tries the final assault in numerical superiority, Pellegrini hits the second crossbar for the capitolini. Roma raise the white flag after 10 minutes of added time and Verona flies.