Europa League, Roma-Hjk Helsinki 3-0

Europa League, Roma-Hjk Helsinki 3-0

(Adnkronos) – After the defeat on their debut in Bulgaria with Ludogorets, Roma redeem themselves by beating HJK Helsinki 3-0 at the Olimpico. Mourinho’s team fails to obtain the result in the first half despite the numerical superiority for the red Tenho after a quarter of an hour, but in the second half it goes wild. Dybala enters and unlocks it, Pellegrini doubles after a good action by Zaniolo. Once again the former Inter Milan, in an assist-man version, gives away the ball for Belotti’s 3-0. Now in the classification of group C of the Europa League leads Betis Sevilla, 3-2 winner over Ludogorets, with 6 points, 3 more than the Giallorossi and Bulgarians, the Hjk closes the group to zero.

The match script is as expected, with Roma having possession of the ball and the HJK closed in a hedgehog trying to use the counterattack. Rome struggling to break through, but finds the opportunity for an opponent’s inattention: Lingman’s wrong back pass that serves in Belotti launched on the net. Captain Tenho sacrifices himself and commits a blatant obstruction: the intervention of the Var is worth the red card to the defender.

With one man less, the HJK covers itself even more, the coach Koskela removes a striker and integrates a midfielder. Surprisingly, however, it is the guests who have the most sensational opportunity in the 25th minute, with a shot from Hoskonen hitting the outside post. Roma tries to react in the second half of the match: Pellegrini tries with a header from Pellegrini, Belotti and Zaniolo look for each other and find each other and from the tandem two goal opportunities are born neutralized by Hazard.

At the start of the second half, Mourinho plays the Dybala card. The Argentine enters the field from the beginning of the second half, together with Smalling. We move on to 4-2-3-1 with Karsdorp and Spinazzola full backs. Just the ‘Joya unlocks’ the game at 47′. Nice action started by Spinazzola and continued with a splendid assist from Pellegrini for the Argentine’s left foot. The doubling immediately after, signed by the captain. From a lunge by Zaniolo and subsequent cross, the ball is deflected by a Finnish defender and luckily carom on Pellegrini’s chest and then ends up on the net: 2-0 in the 49th minute. First goal of the season for the former Sassuolo, who scored 14 goals last year.

The game actually becomes pure academy, but there is still a way to celebrate for Andrea Belotti’s first goal in the Giallorossi. In the second game as a starter, the former captain of Torino finishes in the 68th minute from a few steps on an assist from a Zaniolo who has returned in style.

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