Let’s check out the player ratings from the Serie A clash between AS Roma and Udinese over at the Stadio Olimpico.
Jordan Veretout’s double and an injury-time Pedro goal ensured Roma leapfrogged Juventus into third-place in the Serie A table.
A return to winning ways was a must on Sunday afternoon for the Giallorossi after a costly 2-0 defeat to Juventus last time out. They welcomed Lorenzo Pellegrini back from suspension, but still had several key men missing. The most notable absentee from Paulo Fonseca’s line-up, however, was Edin Dzeko.
The Giallorossi boss again left his striker on the bench following their very public bust-up. He had no reason to regret, though, as Veretout took just five minutes to head Gianluca Mancini’s ball into the back of the Udinese net from six yards out.
15 – Thanks to his brace in the first half against Udinese, Jordan Veretout is now the top French goalscorer of AS Roma in the Serie A under the 3 points for a win era with 15 goals. Wolf. pic.twitter.com/pIZY0A0FHH
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) February 14, 2021
The French midfielder and Roger Ibanez almost doubled Roma’s lead later only to be denied by Udinese keeper Juan Musso and a Stryger Larsen block respectively.
But Veretout eventually got his brace, and his ninth league goal of the season, before the half-hour mark. A Musso foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the box led the referee to point to the spot. And Veretout didn’t hesitate to score from 18-yards.
Udinese, who had kept back-to-back clean sheets previously, were left with a mountain to climb. The Bianconeri couldn’t provide any serious threat in the attack, having managed only a single shot on target, and had VAR to thank for not going 3-0 down before the break.
A review led the referee to disallow a Pellegrini goal after video footage captured Mkhitaryan fouling Larsen in the build-up.
Roma 3-0 Udinese FT:
Shots on target: 5-1
Passing accuracy: 86%-87%
Possession: 52%-48% https://t.co/aoYVVqO3Jm
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 14, 2021
Udinese came out stronger after the break and imposed themselves more into the match. Rodrigo De Paul was perhaps unlucky not to score from a free-kick after narrowly missing the top corner of the goal. Roma keeper Pau Lopez, meanwhile, spared Bryan Cristante’s blushes to stop Gerard Deulofeu in a one-one after the defender handed the Catalan a rare scoring opportunity.
De Paul and Deulofeu tried again to get Udinese back in contention, but Dzeko managed set-up fellow substitute Pedro for a third goal in stoppage-time to put the outcome beyond doubt.
Roma have now moved up to third in the Serie A standings and sit just six points off the top while Udinese stay 12th.
Roma: Lopez (7); Mancini (8), Cristante (7), Ibanez (7); Karsdrop (7), Villar (6), Veretout (8), Spinazzola (7); Pellegrini (6), Mkhitaryan (6); Mayoral (6).
Bench: Dzeko (6), Pedro (7).
Udinese: Musso (5); Bonifazi (6), Nuytinck (7), Samir (7); Larsen (5), De Paul (7), Arslan (5), Walace (6), Zeegelaar (6); Llorente (6), Deulofeu (6).
Bench: Ouwejan (6), Makengo (6), Okaka (5), Molina (5).
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