Fiorentina vs Roma
Artemio Franchi Stadium
Having qualified for the Conference League final, Roma would have hoped to carry the momentum into Serie A as well. However, a controversial penalty very early in the fixture for the hosts last night put them 1-0 up. Bonaventura doubled the lead for the Lilies
In the 11th minute.
No more goals were scored in the fixture as Roma failed to create any significant chance. Thus the contest ended with a scoreline of 2-0.
Following the result, Roma managed to stay in 6th position, only ahead of Fiorentina on goal difference.
Fiorentina vs Roma: Match report
Full time score: Fiorentina 2-0 Roma
Goalscorers: Gonzalez (5′ P.), Bonaventura (11′)
Fiorentina: Terracciano; Venuti, Milenković, Igor, Biraghi (Terzic); Bonaventura (Maleh), Amrabat, Duncan; González (Callejon), Cabral (Piatek), Ikoné (Saponara)
Roma: Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp (Spinazzola), Veretout, Cristante, Sergio Oliveira (Zaniolo), Zalewski (El Shaarawy); Pellegrini (Perez), Abraham (Shomurodov)
Vincenzo Italiano, Fiorentina manager: “We needed these points, because we had unexpectedly slipped up lately, doing well against Milan without picking up points, so we wanted to create some sense of consistency.
“It has been a great season, so if we keep this concentration, it will be difficult for anyone to beat us. This is our first season with a new project, almost everything changed compared to last year, so it’s a journey and some ups and downs are natural. We’ve laid the foundations.”
Jose Mourinho, Roma manager: “I would also like an explanation from [VAR official] Mr Banti from Livorno, who isn’t far from here. [The penalty] is a touch but not a foul, and the referee who was right there did not award a penalty. It’s not an issue for VAR but Mr. Banti intervened anyway.
“If we are talking about the three points today, then we can stop there. I will say that, beyond the penalty from Banti, Fiorentina were stronger than us tonight, they played with a different energy and speed and they seemed more focused. They deserved to win.”