ACF Fiorentina – AS Roma: Both Teams Cancel Each Other Out In A Scrappy Draw (1-1)
Fiorentina and AS Roma faced off in a physical, aggressive encounter that saw moments of pressing from both sides, lots of aerial duels, and few measured passing sequences. Roma ended up taking control of the unruly game as play progressed, but were forced into chasing an equalizer after Fiorentina converted a penalty at the half hour mark.
Both ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma have struggled to find consistent form in the first part of this season, which is represented by their recent form charts. Fiorentina had failed to win their last three games preceding this encounter, scoring a meager two goals in that timeframe. Roma had fared slightly better up until that point. They managed a 2-0 win against Empoli and drew with Napoli, only to endure a shock defeat to ten-men S.P.A.L in-between those two games.
Despite the duo’s struggles, both Fiorentina and Roma sat equal on points and well within touching distance of the European spots on Saturday, making a win in this match all the more important.
Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco approached this critical encounter by using virtually the same lineup that played against Napoli. An injury to defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi forced Di Francesco to bring Nicoló Zaniolo into the lineup as a number ten, as Lorenzo Pellegrini played a bit deeper in mifdield. Other than that, he only replaced center back Kostas Manolas and right back Davide Santon with Federico Fazio and Alessandro Florenzi respectively.
Very few changes for Stefano Pioli’s Fiorentina as well. Everyone who played in the game . . .