Tammy Abraham’s lone goal enough as Roma shutout Atalanta at the Olimpico #1416

A.S Roma 1 Atalanta 0FT

Following an emotional victory last weekend against Spezia, Tammy Abraham’s 99th-minute penalty Roma has placed themselves in prime position to get themselves back into the Europa League. Roma’s entire season very well could be defined by the next two fixtures. On Saturday, they would take on Atalanta at the Stadio Olimpico. Going into the game, Atalanta was just three points ahead of Roma in the standings, with an opportunity for Roma to go level on points with Atalanta, who sit in fifth place. In the reverse fixture, Roma ripped them apart in a 4–1 victory in their first victory against them in 2017. There was a lot of pressure and importance on Roma to get a result against Atalanta. Jose Mourinho is still suspended, but a much-improved performance against Spezia gave them the confidence they needed. It was a tough game, as expected every time Roma in Atalanta goes head-to-head. There are usually fireworks one way or another. Atalanta has been slipping as of late but still have their eyes on Champions League football as this match was equally crucial for them. It was a battle as expected today, but Roma needed a moment to put themselves in front. Rick karsdorp to Nicolo zaniolo to Tammy Abraham, who found enough space to squeeze the ball into the back of the net to give Roma a 1–0 lead, his 20th goal of the season. It turned out to be a significant moment, similar to the moment he had last weekend. Roma took their lead into the second half and did everything required to hold off a strong Atalanta team that is tough to deal with on their day. Atalanta looked strong but was missing something; they got into dangerous areas, but Roma played well from front to back and was able to hold a fiery Atlanta side doing the double, earning a 1–0 victory in what could be a vital section of the season with the Derby next weekend this is exactly what was needed.

After preparations and predictions, the match got underway at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome for one of the biggest matches of Roma season as Atlanta and Roma lock horns with European implications on the line. Roma took the energy from their positive performance last week and immediately got after it with a very aggressive start. In the opening minute, henrikh Mkhitaryan attempts to give Roma some early inspiration with two attempted strikes from outside the box, both deflected by the Atalanta defense. Shortly after Lorenzo Pellegrini picked out a cross for Gianluca Mancini in the box, he got on the end of it from close range, but Juan Musso could get his hand on it. Atalanta had the possession advantage, but Roma seemed to be taking the higher quality chances and getting into those attacking areas more often. Just before the 20-minute mark, Nicola Zalewski picked out a pass-through Nicolo zaniolo, who has been very inconsistent this season, showed his true colors in this one as he tried stretching range with a deep strike testing Atalanta, but Juan Musso was there once again. At first glance, Roma did seem like they were in control which is very difficult to do against such a high-powered attack that Atalanta have; even though things will surely change, they could not have asked for a better start. However, eventually, Atalanta was going to get going Demiral attempted a strike from the right side as he was looking for the left corner, but Rui was unbothered. Three minutes later, Mario pasalic found Remo freuler, who dumped a strike from outside the box very well hit, but rui Patricio gets on it. Just a few minutes later, right at the half-hour mark, Nicolo zaniolo gave it another try from Deep, but Juan Musso once again was there to save it. Atalanta had a couple of chances here and there, but Roma looked like they had more control and took advantage before not too long. In the 32nd minute, Roma went from coast to coast Rick karsdorp pushing the ball forward on the right-wing eventually finding zaniolo before putting through Tammy Abraham, who collected the ball in the box while being pressured; the goalkeeper came out of the box and tried to deal with it the English striker found just end up space to find the back of the neck bouncing off the goalkeeper before rolling in as Roma took a 1–0 lead. Tammy Abraham would score his 20th goal of the season as he is the first English striker to get to 20 goals this season. He ran towards the crowd, showing his love for the club, kissing the badge as he celebrated Roma in front. Roma more or less held their ground the rest of the half as the giallorossi had a narrow lead thanks to Tammy Abraham’s opening strike.

A truly outstanding first half of play from Roma over the last two games has really seemed to turn the corner, and they are hitting themselves up at the right time with the Derby not long away. Atalanta brought on Luis Muriel, attempting to shift momentum in the second half. Early in the second half, Remo freuler tried to get something going for the visitors striking from the six-yard box, hoping to test rui Patricio. Once again, the Portuguese shot-stopper was there to handle the situation. Atalanta was growing with confidence as the game developed. The Ukrainian missile Ruslan malinovskyi dug in before firing a snipe at the Roma goal not long after. Still, the Portuguese keeper continued not to be threatened by the current situation. Romo attempted to reply coming from a set-piece, but Gianluca Mancini’s header fires wide following a corner kick. It really became a game of chess between them, Roma primarily trying to distance themselves from Atalanta while essentially letting Atalanta go at them. Still, the difference is from previous week’s Roma were prepared for that. Weren’t any significant chances on goal for a little while. Roma went to the bench bringing on Jordan veretout for Nicolo zaniolo. Not long after the substitution, Roma nearly got themselves a second. As Jordan veretout found Tammy Abraham as he whisked him a pass Roma’s number 9 father through on strike but have too much on it as it coasted over as Abraham was visibly upset with himself as Roma had a big opportunity to double the lead. Roman made a couple more changes down the stretch, but they were handling the situation it didn’t appear that Atalanta was going to find themselves back into it, really limiting scoring opportunities as there weren’t very many chances of any kind in the second half. At the very end, Demiral connected on a header from a Hans hateboer cross just falling in the hands of rui Patricio; there was a little bit of controversy at the end with the De Roon and henrikh Mkhitaryan both receiving red cards at the end, but Roma get the job done the Tammy Abraham goal being more than enough as they pick up one of their most important victories of the season doing the double over Atalanta as Roma continue to climb the table now being level on points with the team they just beat it’s all smiles at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday evening following a very critical victory in Roma’s season.

Roma had been undergoing some pretty brutal form at the beginning of 2022 it looks like they were falling further and further away from finishing ahead of Lazio and potentially getting back into the Europa League at least the natural way. Things have suddenly changed. Roma plays horribly vs Verona in the first half; they come back and get a point. Mourinho gets suspended for two games late penalty against Spezia put them on track to get back in the picture and potentially qualify for the Europa League; all the expectations and the Ambitions of this Roma team could ultimately come true if the next to fixtures Following last weekend went their way. Atalanta at home is a tricky proposition. I know that Roma beat them in their house, but at the same time, it was their first victory against Atlanta since 2017. This was going to take quite an effort. Roma’s season depended on their performance on Sunday. It was a challenging game where Roma showed their mental strength when they needed it the most. Tammy Abraham scores again, his 20th of the season, to give Roma that lead in the first half Atalanta had a lot of the ball; they pushed in a dangerous area and came close on several occasions. However, Rui Patricio and the Roma defense came to play as well, as the attack really looked like they were on the verge of a second goal; it was a really difficult challenge for one they were able to deal with. They leave the Stadio Olimpico with maximum points; they are currently in 6th Place, one point in front of Lazio and Atalanta instead. This could be one of the most vital moments for the season, playing against a really attacking mind a team and getting results with a clean sheet and a narrow victory. Next week it’s the Derby against Lazio; if Roma can win the derby, it would separate themselves from Lazio and potentially nearly clinch a possibility of them finishing head of the rivals for the first time in three years meanwhile they have the same amount of points as Atalanta who has a game in the end if they lose that game in hand and continue to struggle Roma could finish 5th it would be an incredible achievement if Roma were able to get top 5 considering how the season has gone. That’s six points out of two games without Mourinho. I’m interested in what that means; the way they have played in comparison is not comparable; they’ve put together two of the best performances they saw in months without hopefully the return of Mourinho will not affect Roma’s current run of form, but, interestingly, we’ll see what the effects of that are. One thing is certain this is a massive victory and truly could end the season on a high after all. Roma could not be better prepared for the Derby than they are now; months ago, they would not have held this lead; they held a 1–0 lead for 50 minutes they had the mentality and mental strength to get there in the end as a heat up at precisely the right time they will take this energy into the derby. Roma has a reason to be confident of knocking them off their perch the Roman Derby loading for the first time in a couple of years.

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