Roma 1-0 Bologna: Pellegrini’s penalty secures victory to begin 2023

ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 04: Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the opening goal from penalty spot during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Bologna FC at Stadio Olimpico on January 4, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
Summary
Timeline
Lineups

Roma began the new year with a much-needed 1-0 victory over Bologna in the Italian capital.

Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the game's only goal from the penalty spot in the opening minutes of the first half after Paulo Dybala was brought down in the Rossoblu's penalty area.

While not the most glamorous of performances, the win gives the Giallorossi a much-needed confidence boost ahead of Sunday evening's showdown at San Siro versus Milan.

In what has become a pattern this season, Roma wasted several opportunities to add insurance to their lead. Nicolo Zaniolo missed two golden opportunities to score just moments before and after the break. Paulo Dybala and Roger Ibanez also misfired late in the first half with the Giallorossi having to settle with a 1-0 lead.

Thiago Motta's side created very little but the few chances they did muster up were saved until the final moments of the affair. 

Young midfielder Niklas Pyyhtiä nearly broke the hearts of the packed Stadio Olimpico in the 96th minute. The 19 year-old came close to finding the back the net and almost secured Bologna a last-gasp draw.

Despite the scare, Roma managed to hold on, earning both a clean sheet and a vital three points.

 

Player statistic

1st half
Lorenzo Pellegrini Penalty 6'    
Roger Ibañez Yellow card 33'    
2nd half
    69' Yellow card Lewis Ferguson
Zeki Celik Yellow card 76'    
    85' Yellow card Michel Aebischer

Match statistic

38
Possession
62
14
Total shots
10
4
Shots on target
1
4
Shots off target
3
6
Blocked shots
6
10
Fouls
10
3
Corners
3
1
Offsides
1
Roma
Bologna

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
6
Defender
23
Defender
3
Defender
19
Defender
68
Midfielder
65'
4
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
22
Attacker
60'
21
Attacker
74'
92
65'
28
Lukasz Skorupski
Goalkeeper
5
Adama Soumaoro
Defender
22
Charalampos Lykogiannis
Defender
65'
17
Gary Medel
Defender
65'
26
Jhon Lucumí
Defender
3
Stefan Posch
Defender
82'
19
Lewis Ferguson
Midfielder
8
Nicolás Domínguez
Midfielder
21
Roberto Soriano
Midfielder
57'
9
Marko Arnautovic
Attacker
7
Riccardo Orsolini
Attacker

Substitutes

37
24
Defender
14
Attacker
17
Defender
63
Goalkeeper
62
Midfielder
99
Goalkeeper
20
Midfielder
77
Attacker
9
Attacker
60'
59
Midfielder
65'
8
Midfielder
65'
52
Midfielder
74'
10
Nicola Sansone
Attacker
18
Antonio Raimondo
Attacker
23
Nicola Bagnolini
Goalkeeper
4
Joaquín Sosa
Defender
6
Nikola Moro
Midfielder
20
Michel Aebischer
Midfielder
57'
50
Andrea Cambiaso
Defender
65'
30
Jerdy Schouten
Midfielder
65'
25
Niklas Pyyhtiä
Midfielder
82'
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