THE BALL – Roma lose in Florence and see Lazio flee (Italy)

José Mourinho’s Roma lost on Monday in Florence, 0-2, at the end of the 36th and penultimate day of Serie A.

With Rui Patrício and Sérgio Oliveira as starters in the Portuguese coach’s team (the midfielder on loan from FC Porto left at half-time), Fiorentina started the game at full speed and took advantage of the enormous passivity of Roma to, in the 11th minute, already win 2-0. At five minutes, on a penalty seen by the referee in VAR, Nico González opened the scoring and, six minutes later, it was up to midfielder Giacomo Bonaventura to freely climb the meters so that the strike from the left beats again Rui Patricio. In the second half, Roma still tried to react to get into the game but it was still worth the enormous collective disinspirement.

Faced with this defeat, the 11th in the championship, Roma let Lazio escape (62 points) and find themselves in 6th place (last access to the Europa League, 7th in the Conference League), with 59 points, the same than Fiorentina and Atalanta, with the yellow and red to keep, all the same, an advantage in the direct confrontation against these two teams. José Mourinho will also have another way, by winning the Conference League final (against Feyenoord), to guarantee qualification for the Europa League.

In the last two rounds, Roma host Venice and play Torino.

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