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AS Roma 3-0 Udinese: Serie A Player Ratings

AS Roma 2-0 Udinese: Serie A Player Ratings
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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.

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.

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.

Player ratings

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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