Just as when everyone thinks that things started to change for As Roma right after Vincenzo Montella takes the coaching role replacing Claudio Ranieri, the Giallorossi showed again their vulnerability this weekend as they blow away a lead once again.
Leading the game 2-0 in the first half, Roma were forced to end the game with a 2-2 draw as their opponent, Parma, pulled two goal back in the second half, drawing questions again on whether the capital club can really change their inconsistency under Montella.
Having a positive start on his professional coaching career with a 1-0 victory against Bologna on midweek, things looked bright again for Montella at the start of Roma’s weekend game against Parma at Olympico. Playing in front of their home crowd, the capital side took the first lead from a penalty spot after Rodrigo Taddei clumsily brought down by Alessandro Lucarelli in the penalty area. Francesco Totti stepped up to take the spot kick and scored the opening goal that also marked his 600th appearances with Roma.
Despite not actually creating much in the game, Roma, somehow managed to doubled their lead 10 minutes before the first period ended through Juan’s easy tap in from 6 yards out after Parma keeper, Antonio Mirante, palmed off Daniele De Rossi’s header right in front of the Brazilian defender. This goal ended the first period with the home team once again looking comfortable although they have to lose David Pizarro, who got injured in the of the first period and had to be stretchered off the field.
With Fabricio Simplicio coming into the second half in place of Pizarro, Roma started the game in the same way as the play in the second half but it was Parma that managed to put on an extra gear as they seemed motivated in troubling the home team. After failing on some attempts, the Gialloblu finally got their goal in a very fascinating way as Carvalho Amauri scored with the flick of his heel, leaving the home team’s keeper, Doni, surprised by the effort.
Getting the edge after scoring the goal, Parma kept on pushing hard and just as like the time Ranieri was still on the dug out, Roma’s lack of concentration in important moments occurred once again as Amauri struck his second of the night just five minutes after the first goal. The equalizing goal gave the away team more confident as they began to believe they can snatch a winner against the troubled capital side, unfortunately the Gialloblu were forced to finish the game with 10 men after Massimo Paci received his second yellow.
Getting a draw in your first two league games surely isn’t a bad thing for the coach, however the way that Montella’s team blew away a two goal lead seemed to suggest that their problem hasn’t really finished yet. Surely Montella’s worked can’t be counted in this early phase, but considering the fact that the Roman will be facing tough schedules in the upcoming weeks, the former striker should really something fixed as soon as possible
As Roma v Parma 2-2
Goals: Totti pen 19, Juan 36 (Roma);Amauri 73, 78 (Parma)
Roma: Doni; Cassetti, Juan, N Burdisso, Riise; De Rossi, Pizarro (Simplicio 46); Taddei, Brighi, Vucinic (Menez 62); Totti (Borriello 75)
Parma: Mirante; Paci, Paletta, Lucarelli; Zaccardo (Dzemaili 72), Valiani, Morrone (Crespo 52) (Pisano 81), Modesto; Candreva, Amauri, Giovinco
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