Roma Settles for Disappointing Draw Against Salernitana in European Pursuit
Roma missed out on two crucial points in their quest for European qualification next season, settling for a 2-2 draw against Salernitana in the 36th round of the Italian League. The first half saw Salernitana take the lead through Antonio Candreva’s goal in the 12th minute. Stephan Shaarawy equalized for Roma just two minutes into the second half, but Boulaye Dia responded with Salernitana’s second goal in the 54th minute. Nemanja Matic rescued a point for Roma with a late equalizer in the 83rd minute.
Salernitana’s Early Lead and Roma’s Response:
In the 12th minute, Salernitana broke the deadlock with Antonio Candreva finding the back of the net. However, Roma quickly bounced back in the second half, with Stephan Shaarawy leveling the scoreline just two minutes after the restart.
Salernitana’s Second Goal and Roma’s Late Equalizer:
Salernitana regained the lead in the 54th minute as Boulaye Dia capitalized on an opportunity to put his team ahead. With time running out, Roma fought back, and in the 83rd minute, veteran Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic scored the crucial equalizing goal to salvage a point for his side.
Roma’s European Aspirations:
With only two rounds remaining in the season, Roma’s draw leaves them with 60 points in seventh place, one point behind sixth-placed Atalanta, who secured a spot in the preliminary round of the European Conference League. Roma’s hopes of securing European participation next season have become more challenging.
Salernitana, on the other hand, earned a point from the draw, bringing their tally to 39 points and placing them in 15th position in the league table.
Roma’s European Conference League Triumph:
It is worth noting that Roma emerged victorious in the inaugural edition of the European Conference League last season. They clinched the title by defeating Feyenoord Rotterdam with a solitary goal in the final.
Roma’s draw against Salernitana dealt a blow to their aspirations of European qualification for the upcoming season. The team showed resilience with Stephan Shaarawy and Nemanja Matic finding the back of the net. However, securing a spot in European competitions has become more challenging for Roma, who now sit in seventh place in the league standings.