Result AS ROMA 2 – 2 SASSUOLO, Goals by Zaza, Saturday 6 December 2014, Serie A Week 14

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77% Ball Possession AS ROMA and 23% Ball Possession SASSUOLO
AS Roma AS Roma 2 – 2 SassuoloSassuolo
78′ Adem Ljajic (pen)                  15′ Simone Zaza
92′ Adem Ljajic                              18′ Simone Zaza

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Serie A Standing BEFORE the game:
AS Roma, 2nd position with 31 points and a positive goal difference of +16
Sassuolo, 10th position with 18 points and a negative goal difference of -3

Pos Team P W D L Goals DIFF Points
2 Roma 13 10 1 2 25:9 16 31
10 Sassuolo 13 4 6 3 13:16 -3 18


What a blow at the Olimpico.  Roma collapsing  and punished by Sassuolo forward Simone Zaza scoring 2 goals.    This draw means a step back for the Roman gladiators.   Here is the situation.  Why? Roma should have defeated Sassuolo to have only 1 point difference with Juventus because they got a 0-0 draw with Fiorentina.  Juventus have now 35 points.  Roma barely managed to draw the match after being 0-2.

A cold shower in the Olimpico in the 15th minute.  It is Sassuolo forward Simone Zaza to smack the first goal of the game defeating AS Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis from close range with a left footed shot in the top left corner.   It’s the third goal this season for Zaza.

Say what?  And what is happening to the Roman gladiators?  Far from Roma reacting, it is Sassuolo to increase the score.  Again, the verdugo is foward Zaza defeating goalkeeper De Sanctis with a right footed shot in the center.  The assist is by midfielder Simone Missiroli.  Party time for Sassuolo fans while gesture of frustration among Roma players.   It’s the fourth goal this season now for Zaza.

Things complicating for Roma.  In the 50th minute, Referee Irrati gives a red card to midfielder Daniele De Rossi for collecting 2 yellow cards.

Roma shortening the distance in the 78th minute.  Referee Irrati giving a penalty to Roma.  It is forward Adem Ljajic to convert the penalty with a right footed shot.  It’s the 5th goal this season for Ljajic.   Penalty conceded by Sassuolo defender Sime Vrsaljko after a handball in the penalty area and Irrati gives him a yellow card.

Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco giving resting time to forward Simone Zaza in the 85th minute by replacing him with forward Sergio Floccari.

Game ending with Sassuolo also having 10 players because Referee Irrati gives a red card to defender Sime Vrsaljko for a second yellow card in the 90th minute.

Sassuolo highly motivated considering they have won their last 3 games this season.  Surely,  this victory at the Olimpico is a prestigious one for Sassuolo.   Precedents at the Olimpico di Roma Stadium is only 1 ending with a draw.  Sassuolo has been been almost like a bad luck for Roma.  Sassuolo put an end to the 10 consecutive victories of the Roman gladiators with that 1-1 draw with the own goal by Longhi and the goal by forward Domenico Berardi.

Here is AS ROMA official starting lineup by coach Rudi Garcia:

AS ROMA (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Florenzi, Manolas, Yanga-Mbiwa, Holebas; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Iturbe, Destro, Ljajic.

Here is SASSUOLO official starting lineup by coach Eusebio Di Francesco:

SASSUOLO (4-3-3): Consigli; Vrsaljko, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Peluso; Brighi, Missiroli, Taider; Berardi, Zaza, Sansone.


Disciplinary Situation BEFORE the game. No suspended players for AS ROMA.

1 suspended player for SASSUOLO: Manganelli


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Click the video to watch the highlights of the game AS ROMA vs SASSUOLO with all goals on Saturday 6 December 2014 for the Serie A Week 14.

Photo: Fine primo tempo | half time: Roma-Sassuolo 0-2 (15' Zaza, 18' Zaza)<br /><br /><br />


Stats AFTER the game.  Top scorer for AS ROMA:  Forwards Mattia Destro and Adem Ljajic with 4 goals each

Top scorer for SASSUOLO: Forward Simone Zaza with 4 goals

AS Roma Goals Goals Sassuolo
Destro, Mattia 4 4 Zaza, Simone
Ljajic, Adem 5 3 Berardi, Domenico
Pjanic, Miralem 3 2 Taider, Saphir
Florenzi, Alessandro 2 2 Floccari, Sergio
Nainggolan, Radja 2 1 Sansone, Nicola


Here are the last 3 games of AS ROMA: 2 wins, 1 draw

30/11/14 SA Roma Inter 4:2 Round 13
25/11/14 UCLG CSKA Moscow Roma 1:1 Matchday 5
22/11/14 SA Atalanta Roma 1:2 Round 12


Here are the last 3 games of SASSUOLO: 3 wins

02/12/14 CI Sassuolo Pescara 1:0 R4
29/11/14 SA Sassuolo Verona 2:1 Round 13
23/11/14 SA Turin Sassuolo 0:1 Round 12

Photo: ROMA (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Florenzi, Manolas, Mapou, Cholevas; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Ljajic, Destro, Iturbe </p><br />



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Serie A tickets2014 – 2015 Italian Serie A Week 14

AS Roma – Sassuolo
Saturday 6 December 2014
Olimpico di Roma Stadium
Rome, Italy


Referee: IRRATI
Fourth Official: FIORITO

Goals: 15′ Simone Zaza (S), 18′ Simone Zaza (S)

Official formations – lineups:

AS ROMA (4-3-3): De Sanctis; Florenzi, Manolas, Yanga-Mbiwa, Holebas; Pjanic, De Rossi, Strootman; Iturbe, Destro, Ljajic.

Subs: Skorupski; Cole, Emanuelson, Maicon, Somma, Astori, Keita, Nainggolan, Totti, Gervinho, Borriello, Sanabria.

Coach.: Rudi Garcia.

SASSUOLO (4-3-3): Consigli; Vrsaljko, Cannavaro, Acerbi, Peluso; Brighi, Missiroli, Taider; Berardi, Zaza, Sansone.

Subs: Pomini, Polito; Antei, Ariaudo, Terranova, Longhi, Gazzola, Biondini, Chibsah, Pavoletti, Floccari, Floro Flores.

Coach.: Eusebio Di Francesco.

Match Stats

AS Roma Match Stats Sassuolo
2 Goals 2
21 (5) Shots (on goal) 6 (3)
17 Fouls 15
11 Corner kicks 1
3 Offsides 2
77% Ball Possession 23%
2 Yellow Cards 2
1 Red Cards 1
1 Saves 3