It was the second time in the last four months that Roma had lost at the Stadio Olimpico.
The first time came on January 30, when Marco Di Vaio scored a stunning opener to level in the 79th minute.
This time, however, the hosts were without key players, as captain Simone Inzaghi limped off with a knee injury and Simone Conti was ruled out with a calf injury.
Despite that, the Roma fans and players were not in the mood for a loss and they even managed to pull off a rare double win in the first leg, in front of 2,000 supporters at Stadios Olimpicomico.
« It was a difficult game for us, but we played well and deserved to win, » said the Roma captain.
« We created a lot of chances and we scored two goals.
We need to keep this win.
The result is very important for the team and for me personally, who’s doing my best to play. »
The first leg of the meeting at the Olimpioli was a much different affair with Napoli scoring a pair of late goals.
The Giallorossi were without captain Simone Contini and Andrea Ranocchia but the home side did well to contain the Roma defence and held onto the lead at the break.
However, the two teams traded goals in the second half and the result was decided by a penalty kick.
It is a big moment for the Roma faithful and for the Gialloressi supporters, who were already celebrating a second win in four days.
Gianluigi Buffon was given the nod to start the second leg with a goal.
After a slow start to the game, the Giallo hit the front early in the match and the Biancocelesti got on the end of a free kick.
After the kick, a long ball was headed over by Gennaro Gattuso and it fell to Buffon, who turned the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
This was a very important result for the Nerazzurri, who had been searching for a victory in the league.
While Buffon’s goal came in the 66th minute, the home team had chances to take the lead late in the game and they were denied by the hosts’ goalkeeper, who was unable to keep the ball out of the box.
But it was not to be.
On 65 minutes, Gianluigi Donnarumma had a chance to take a penalty, but the referee denied the move.
In the 67th minute and the Giallso had the chance to make it 2-0.
A long pass was played to Alessandro Pjanic, who headed the ball past the defender to the feet of Simone Continelli.
Pjanic headed the resultant shot into the net to give the home fans an early reward.
That was not the only late goal for the home sides.
Dani Carvalho had a shot blocked by the keeper and a penalty was awarded for an illegal block by Gialloro.
As the Gialli went up 3-2 in the 86th minute the visitors had a penalty appeal turned down.
Both sides were down by two goals at this point and there were a lot more penalties to be dealt out.
Just before the break, Simone Contri was sent off for an unsporting tackle.
There were three changes to the team that was at the start of the game but the main change was that of the goalkeepers.
Simone Inzaghu, Giorgio Barzagli, and Simone Boffetta made the starting eleven, with Stefano Sorrentino taking over at the right-back position.
Barzagli replaced Simone Continati, while Boffetta and Sorrentini replaced Gattu and Inzagha.
Roma’s line-up was unchanged but they switched between the left-sided and right-sided lines and both teams were very much aware of the changes.
When the first whistle went, Roma’s defensive shape was as predictable as ever and the visitors took control in the opening stages.
They were the first team to open the scoring when Simone Contino headed in a long free kick in the 33rd minute.
Bologna came close to scoring a late equaliser when a long pass from Gino Ciretti was headed into the path of Simone Perinoni, who hit the woodwork.
Gialloro were looking to make their move, but they were unable to find a way through the defence and were awarded a penalty for a foul.
And it was Roma who made it 3-1 in the 70th minute when Simone Inaghi took a free header from the right.
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