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Roma 1-0 Hellas Verona: Solbakken scores on debut start

AS Roma's Norwegian forward Ola Solbakken celebrates after opening the scoring during the Italian Serie A football match between AS Roma and Hellas Verona, on February 19, 2023 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP) (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)
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calendar date19 Feb 19:45
MatchDay 23
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Making his starting debut since joining the club last month, Ola Solbakken fired Roma to third in the Serie A table level on points with Milan.

The Norwegian’s perfectly placed finish in the final moments of the first half was all the Giallorossi to secure all three points against Hellas Verona, snapping the Venetian side’s four-match unbeaten run.

It’s a much-needed win for the Giallorossi who were without first-choice attacking trio Lorenzo Pellegrini, top scorer Paulo Dybala, and Tammy Abraham, who was injured just minutes into the match.

Despite missing all three pieces, Jose Mourinho’s men still created plenty of attacking opportunities thanks primarily to Stephan El Shaarawy and Leonardo Spinazzola.

In arguably his most impressive performance since returning from a torn Achilles, Spinazzola caused Verona major problems down the left flank throughout the match.

The Italian international ended the game with 1 big chance created, 4 successful dribbles, and 2 key passes.

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