Serie A, Empoli-Roma 1-2: Dybala and Abraham relaunch the Giallorossi

Mourinho’s team returns to win after two consecutive knockouts: fourth place, one point from the first

There Rome it suffers, but it beats Empoli and avoids the third consecutive stop, after the defeats against Udinese (4-0) and Ludogorets (2-1). The Giallorossi win thanks to Paulo Dybalawhich signs the advantage with a valuable conclusion and serves the 2-1 final assist to Tammy Abraham: useless the network of Bandinelli and the great performance of Empoli, which hits two poles and frightens Rui Patricio. Mou engages Udinese at 13 points, -1 from the top. Pilgrims takes a penalty on the crossbar, sent off Akpa Akpro.

THE MATCH
Roma returns to success, in the sign of Paulo Dybala: Joya finds the net of the advantage and then serves the final 2-1 assist to Tammy Abraham, opaque until the goal. Mourinho smiles, after two consecutive knockouts, and hooks Udinese to 13 points: -1 from the leading trio made up of Milan, Napoli and Atalanta. Empoli plays with personality, the Giallorossi respond in the restart: Lammers has a chance after a few moments, while Dybala hits the post in the 7th minute. Joya has a warm foot and shows it in the 17 ‘, bringing forward the of him: on the imprecise postponement of Luperto comes the stop and shot of the Argentine, who overtakes Vicario with a delightful left-footed shot. The Tuscans don’t give up and react: Satriano has a first chance, then hits the post in the 22nd minute. Parisi is the engine of Empoli’s offensive game, but Celik suffers in defense: the Turkish tests Vicario’s reflexes with a great shot. From fright to a draw for the hosts, who score in the 43rd minute: the Giallorossi defense is distracted by Stojanovic’s cross and Bandinelli finds the right trajectory for the goal. So we go to the break on 1-1, a fair result. At the resumption, Roma are immediately close to scoring: Ibanez hits with a sure shot on Pellegrini’s assist, Parisi saves on the line. This is the last play of the full-back, who is replaced because he was booked, but Empoli does not give up and becomes dangerous with Satriano: the Uruguayan, owned by Inter, touches the net after a great movement in depth. Wrong goal and goal conceded, because in the 71st minute the Giallorossi advantage arrives: Dybala serves Abraham, who is ready for the 2-1 tap-in. The Giallorossi have the chance to close it from the spot, but Pellegrini kicks the penalty of the trio on the crossbar, awarded for a foul by Cacace on Ibanez. Akpa-Akpro protagonist in the final: the former Lazio hits the post, but is sent off in the 86th minute for a dangerous intervention on Smalling and leaves Empoli in ten. The Tuscans take a risk, with Bove nearly 3-1: superlative Vicar, who keeps his family alive. The ending is pyrotechnic: Rui Patricio saves on Ismajli and Bandinelli, Vicario avoids Belotti’s first Giallorossi goal. It therefore ends 2-1, Roma returns to success and Mou smiles.

REPORT CARDS
Dybala 7.5 –
Look at that Joya. The Argentine lights up like a flash in the evening at Empoli: the goal of the advantage is a pearl of technique and quality, and he comes close to doubling twice on two occasions. In the final, he serves Abraham’s 2-1 assist. Simply decisive, all the offensive actions of Roma pass through him.

Abraham 6.5 – Great forwards are like that, they know how to hit even in a difficult evening. The former Chelsea is struggling to build opportunities and works hard for the team, but responds to Dybala’s winning assist: a 2-1 goal and a second goal of the season.

Pilgrims 5.5 – On the evening of his 200th in Serie A, he starts well but then progressively loses distance. He misses the penalty of the possible 3-1, kicking on the crossbar, and is definitely tired.

Vicar 7 – At least three decisive saves to keep Empoli alive until the last breath. He is confirmed as one of the best Serie A goalkeepers.

Parisi 6.5 – The real attacking director of Empoli. With his perpetual motion and his overlapping he generates superiority and scoring chances. Nice duel with Celik, beautiful his save on the line that denies the 2-1 to Ibanez. He is replaced in the 52nd minute because he was booked, Zanetti decides not to risk.

Satriano 6.5 – The Uruguayan striker, owned by Inter, is the most inspired of his: he hits a post, touches the net three times and fights like a lion. He closes as a gladiator, after a hard blow to the nasal septum.

THE TABLE

EMPOLI-ROME 1-2
Empoli (4-3-1-2):
Vicar 7; Stojanovic 6.5, Ismajli 6.5, Luperto 5.5, Parisi 6.5 (7 ‘st Cacace 5.5); Haas 6 (17 ‘st Akpa-Akpro 5.5), Marin 6 (37’ st Grassi sv), Bandinelli 6.5; Pjaca 5.5 (17 ‘st Bajrami 5.5); Satriano 6.5, Lammers 5.5 (37 ‘st Cambiaghi sv). All. P. Zanetti 6. Available: Perisan, Walukiewicz, De Winter, Henderson, Ekong, Degli Innocenti, Fazzini, Ujkani
Rome (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio 6.5; Mancini 6, Smalling 6, Ibanez 6; Zeki Celik 6.5, Cristante 6, Matic 5.5, Spinazzola 6 (52 ‘st Viña sv); Dybala 7.5 (35 ‘st Bove 6), Pellegrini 5.5 (48’ st Camara sv); Abraham 6.5 (35 ‘st Belotti 6). All. Mourinho 6. Available: Shomurodov, Zaniolo, Volpato, Boer, Tripi, Svilar
Referee: Marinelli
Markers: 7 ‘Dybala (R), 43’ Bandinelli (E), 26 ‘st Abraham (R)
Ammonites: Parisi (E), Ismajli (E), Akpa-Akpro (E), Zeki Celik (R)
Expelled: Akpa-Akpro (E) at 41 ‘st
Note: Pellegrini (R) has taken a penalty on the crossbar

THE STATISTICS
• Roma have scored 13 points in the first six days of this league, registering their best start since 2017/18 (15 points). The top of the ranking is only one point away, the shortest distance since 2013/14 (zero).
• Roma have won all of their last six Serie A matches against Empoli, the Giallorossi’s longest open series in the competition. Furthermore, for the first time Roma have won four games in a row at Empoli.
• Paulo Dybala has scored 27 goals from outside the box in Serie A, since his competition debut in September 2012 no other player has scored more (27, like Mertens).
• All of Paulo Dybala’s last four goals from outside the box in Serie A have come away (vs Salernitana in November 2021, vs Roma in January 2022, vs Genoa in May 2022).
• Beginning in 2012/13 (his first season in Serie A) only Ciro Immobile (57) opened the scoring by scoring Paulo Dybala’s (42) multi-game first goal in the tournament.
• Tammy Abraham has scored 13 of the 19 goals away for Roma in Serie A, including all three against Empoli in the competition (68%).
• Paulo Dybala assisted both of Abraham’s goals in Serie A this season: the Argentinian has taken part in five goals (out of eight) in his first six league games, only in 2017/18 did he do better (10 in that case).
• Filippo Bandinelli scored his third Serie A goal, his first since November 2021, all at Castellani. With the Roma goal, Bandinelli scored one goal from the left, one from the right and one from the head in the top flight.
• Filippo Bandinelli is the first Empoli player to score against Castellani in the first half in a match against Roma in Serie A by Nicola Pozzi in February 2007
• Lorenzo Pellegrini played his 200th game with the Roma shirt considering all competitions.

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Serie A, Empoli-Roma 1-2: Dybala and Abraham relaunch the Giallorossi


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