Despite another rousing performance from Juric's men a scoreline that flattered the visitors from Rome
Roma were delighted to leave the Bentegodi with three points and three goals on Sunday evening. In truth, they scarcely merited either. Hellas, on the other hand, will feel hard done by, having delivered yet another convincing performance, but with nothing to show for it. In fact, Verona dominated the game for large spells and, if decisions had gone the other way, could have been celebrating an historic victory.
Roma were clinical and took the few chances that came their way, including a classic sucker punch at the death, when Hellas were busy pressing for an equaliser at the other end.
Zaccagni, who won the battle for a starting berth ahead of Salcedo, and Amrabat were Verona’s stand out players, Amrabat once again delivering a commanding performance in midfield, especially in the first half. Less convincing at the back, Juric’s men conceded three goals for the first time since he took over in the summer.
With the rain lashing down, it was Hellas who came closest to scoring in the early exchanges, forcing a smart double save first from Zaccagni and then from Lazovic.
The breakthrough came after 17 minutes with a outstanding through ball from Pelligrini into the path of Kluivert, who drilled home through Silvestri’s legs. Just four minutes later, Zaccagni picked out Faraoni at the back post and his precise header beat Pau Lopez for a well-deserved equaliser.
With five minutes of the first half remaining, Verona took a well-deserved lead through Faraoni. The referee consulted VAR to check if the ball had left the field of play as Lazovic lunged for the cross. After a lengthy delay, the goal was eventually ruled out for a marginal offside in the build-up.
Minutes later, Günter impeded Dzeko inside the box and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a spot-kick. Perotti coolly slotted away the penalty to give Roma a lead that they barely merited going into the break.
With 15 minutes of the second half played, Juric sent on Salcedo for Verre. Veloso was also introduced as Hellas sought an equaliser. With 10 minutes remaining, the final roll of the dice for Juric as Pazzini, to the joy of the home fans, was given a rare chance. He was immediately involved in the action, when his close-range effort came off Smalling’s arm. The referee immediately signalled for a penalty, only to be overruled once again by another marginal offside decision in the build-up.
With Verona still desperately chasing an equaliser, Roma broke with Pellegrini providing the assist for Perotti to slot home. A disappointing finish to another thrilling evening at the Bentegodi.
Next up for Hellas Verona, Atalanta on Saturday afternoon.