Roma sealed Venice’s descent – and annoyed themselves powerfully

Just a few days after the bitter 2-0 loss in Florence, Roma have suffered another setback in the fight for international Serie A positions. The 1-1 draw against relegated Venice offered one thing above all: bad luck.

Had to get upset with his colleagues several times – twice about himself: Lorenzo Pellegrini.


It should be well known that Pellegrini, who was born in Rome, is one of the best standard and long-range shooting experts in Serie A. There were other examples of his art this Saturday evening in the course of the 37th and penultimate match day in the Italian House of Lords – only: no goal. Because the Roma captain fired two remarkable long-range shots at the goal post, via a free kick to the crossbar on the right (19th minute) and also via a free kick to the top edge of the crossbar (56th).

Pellegrini not only tore his hair over himself that evening at the Stadio Olimpico, two of his colleagues were also unlucky. Both Cristante with a hammer-hard long-range shot (51st) and Joker Zalewski with a great flick also despaired on the crossbar (89th). Aside from the four goals, the favorite from the capital often found their champion in goalkeeper Mäenpää, Abraham or substitute El Shaarawy failed in a powerful final phase against the already 37-year-old Finn.

Roma missed victory, Venice descended again

And so the Roma, who were fighting for the international rankings with Lazio, Florence and Atalanta, had to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Venetians. 1: 1 because the Conference League finalist coached by José Mourinho (on May 25 at 9 p.m. against Feyenoord Rotterdam) had already caught the 0: 1 after 50 seconds with a header from Okereke and even then only Joker Shomurodov successfully shot under the bar (76′).

The fact that Venice’s Kiyine received a straight red card after a kick against Pellegrini and a subsequent VAR assignment didn’t help either. All in all, a disappointing evening for the Romans, who have more than 30 degrees – but also for Venice, who have to go directly to Serie B due to the missed three (only six wins and 26 points in 37 games).

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