ItalyJose Mourinho’s teachers and students suddenly lost 2-3 at Venezia in round 12 on November 7, thereby falling out of the Top 4 in Serie A.
Roma dominates by all parameters, but underperforms. They held the ball 61%, shot 27 times – including 11 times on target, but only scored two goals. On the contrary, Venezia scored three goals after seven shots on goal.
Venezia even opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. Despite being trailed 1-2 by Roma after the first half, the newly promoted Serie A team scored twice in the second half to win their first win over Roma since 1999. It was also the first time they scored three goals in a match in the Italian league.
Mourinho is under a lot of pressure, as Roma have not won their last two matches, losing 1-2 to Milan in Serie A and drawing with Norwegian club Bodo Glimt in the Conference League. Further, the Italian capital team won only one of the last six matches in all competitions. Being a guest of the rookie team and being in the “red light” group, therefore, is considered an opportunity for Roma to find joy again.
However, very soon after the opening whistle, they were poured cold water by Venice. From Mattia Aramu’s free kick, Mattia Caldara entered the ball near the goal to knock out goalkeeper Rui Patricio.
After the goal, Mourinho’s army rushed to attack, while Venezia actively pulled the defensive stone formation low. The away team created many delicious opportunities, the most significant being Tammy Abraham’s corner kick in the 27th minute.
Roma’s effort to press the field paid off in the last five minutes. In the 43rd minute, goalkeeper Sergio Romero could not catch Tammy Abraham’s shot, and striker Eldor Shomurodov struck to equalize the score. The duo continued to create goals in the second minute of injury time. Shomurodov crosses the ball to Abraham to control with his chest, uses his strength to eliminate central defender Pietro Ceccaroni and then crosses the corner of the table.
Roma maintained pressure in the second half, but lacked effectiveness. Not only that, mistakes in defense cost them dearly. In the 64th minute, the referee determined that Bryan Cristante pushed down the home player in the penalty area, and gave Venezia a penalty. On the 11m mark, Mattia Aramu shot to the right corner, fooling goalkeeper Patricio.
Mourinho immediately brought Carles Perez onto the pitch. But when this adjustment did not make a difference, his team had to concede more goals. In the 74th minute, Ethan Ampadu – a player playing for Venezia on loan from Chelsea – passed a long pass from home for Okereke to break the offside trap, penetrate the penalty area, and then cross the corner to beat Patricio in a face-to-face position.
Mourinho then continued to change, renewing the attack when respectively bringing in Nicolo Zaniolo, Borja Mayoral and Nicola Zalewski, but Roma were still helpless. Even, they would have lost more heavily if Thomas Henry had not kicked the bar in the 90th minute.
Losing to Venice, Roma dropped to sixth with 19 points, two points behind Lazio and three at Atalanta. This result also makes Mourinho’s chair shaken, when Roma have received five defeats in Serie A this season. Meanwhile, Venice climbed to 15th with 12 points, three points above the “red light” group.
Venice: Sergio Romero, Mazzocchi (Ebuehi 76′), Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps, Crnigoj (Sigurdsson 46′), Ampadu, Busio, Aramu (Tessmann 76′), Kiyine (Modolo 70′), Okereke (Henry 89′).
Roma: Patricio, Ibanez, Kumbulla (Perez 66′), Mancini, El Shaarawy (Zaniolo 77′), Veretout, Cristante, Karsdorp (Zalewski 83′), Pellegrini, Abraham, Shomurodov (Mayoral 83′).