Roma 3-1 Ludogorets: capital club advance to knockouts

AS Roma's Italian midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini shoots to score his second penalty during the UEFA Europa League Group C football match between AS Rome (ITA) and Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) on November 3, 2022 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. (Photo by Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP) (Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images)
Summary
Timeline
Lineups

Roma punched their ticket to the Europa League knockout stage, defeating Ludogorets this evening in a drama-filled affair at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Giallorossi officially finish runners-up in Group C thanks to their 3-1 win over the Bulgarians in the Italian capital.

Two penalties from Lorenzo Pellegrini and a sublime performance from Nicolo Zaniolo lifted Roma to qualification despite an incredible effort from Ludogorets, who took an early 1-0 lead before having a late equaliser chalked off by VAR.

Although unlucky, it's hard to argue against Roma deserving the victory after the massive difference Nicolo Zaniolo made once he was brought on after half time.

Down 1-0, Mourinho brought on Zaniolo, Cristian Volpato, and Bryan Cristante and it didn't take long for his decisions to bear fruit.

Within the space of ten minutes, Zaniolo won two penalties, both of which were scored by Pellegrini, before capping off his performance with a phenomenal solo goal in the 85th minute.

The result also gives Mourinho's side a confidence boost ahead of this weekend's pivotal Derby showdown against in-city rivals Lazio. 

Player statistic

1st half
    15' Yellow card Cicinho
    41' Goal Rick
(Assist: Cicinho)
2nd half
Cristian Volpato Yellow card 49'    
Lorenzo Pellegrini Penalty 56'    
    62' Yellow card Thiago
    64' Yellow card Anton Nedyalkov
Lorenzo Pellegrini Penalty 65'    
    65' Yellow card Jakub Piotrowski
    80' Yellow card Rick
Nicolò Zaniolo
(Assist: Bryan Cristante)
Goal 85'    
Nicolò Zaniolo Yellow card 87'    
Matías Viña Yellow card 88'    
    89' Red card Olivier Verdon
    90+1' Yellow card Nonato

Match statistic

51
Possession
49
20
Total shots
9
9
Shots on target
5
7
Shots off target
3
4
Blocked shots
1
19
Fouls
16
8
Corners
1
1
Offsides
0
Roma
Ludogorets

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
6
Defender
17
Defender
2
Defender
46'
3
Defender
7
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
46'
8
Midfielder
61'
11
Attacker
46'
92
9
Attacker
1
Sergio Padt
Goalkeeper
3
Anton Nedyalkov
Defender
16
Aslak Fonn Witry
Defender
87'
4
Cicinho
Defender
87'
24
Olivier Verdon
Defender
30
Pedrinho
Defender
95
Cauly
Midfielder
6
Jakub Piotrowski
Midfielder
71'
37
Bernard Tekpetey
Attacker
71'
73
Rick
Attacker
9
Thiago
Attacker
71'

Substitutes

24
Defender
14
Attacker
63
Goalkeeper
65
Midfielder
19
Defender
99
Goalkeeper
72
Attacker
4
Midfielder
46'
22
Attacker
46'
59
Midfielder
61'
52
Midfielder
81'
62
Midfielder
23
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Midfielder
5
Georgi Terziev
Defender
32
Igor Plastun
Defender
12
Simon Sluga
Goalkeeper
8
Claude Gonçalves
Midfielder
64
Dominik Yankov
Midfielder
67
Damyan Hristov
Goalkeeper
11
Kiril Despodov
Attacker
71'
10
Matías Tissera
Attacker
71'
20
Nonato
Midfielder
71'
90
Spas Delev
Attacker
87'
14
Denny Gropper
Defender
87'
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