Gregoire Defrel opened the scoring in brilliant fashion before Andrea Consigli coughed up possession to allow for Francesco Totti to easily net his 300th goal for the Giallorossi. Roma loanee Matteo Politano grabbed his first in Serie A to give the Neroverdi the lead just before halftime and Mohamed Salah levelled the score with a sensational volley in the second half.
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Morgan De Sanctis – 6 – Present
Filled in for Wojciech Szczesny but could not give any more for the two goals he conceded. Very vocal to his outfield players and looked far more confident than his Sassuolo counterpart.
Antonio Rudiger – 7 – Decent
Looked unbeatable in the sprint at times but was virtually absent for Sassuolo’s opening goal. Provided very accurate passing and a handful of tackles while also dribbling past a couple of opponents. He should have been awarded a penalty kick in the last minutes after being hauled down by Federico Peluso in the box.
Douglas Maicon – 6 – Feeble
The 34-year-old was embarrassing at times with a few simple passes going astray and lacked hthe pace of his glory days to catch up to long passes up the flank. He was booked for simulation before making way for man of the moment Alessandro Florenzi.
Vasilis Torosidis – 6.5 – Capable
Good work to keep Roma’s passes flowing and picked up a few tackles along the way yet sometimes looked a step behind the forward movements.
Daniele De Rossi – 6.5 – Defensive
Only showed his offensive side with some shots from distance and was far more confident in defensive plays. He made a crucial slide tackle clearance on a good looking through ball late in the match to ward off the surprise counters by Sassuolo.
Miralem Pjanic – 7 – Visionary
A good performer within a mostly lacklustre Roma side. His accuracy in passing behind Sassuolo’s back line nearly set up Mohamed Salah on multiple occasions before finally giving an assist to Francesco Totti’s 300th goal despite the 38-year-old being offside.
Kostas Manolas – 6.5 – Worker
Only seemed to look out of sorts during the goalscoring plays by Sassuolo where he could’ve marked the likes of Gregoire Defrel and Matteo Politano a lot closer. Although he was solid in all other aspects of his game.
Radja Nainggolan – 6 – Lacking
Seemed to be at the wrong place at the wrong time near the end of Roma’s plays. Looked far better in the build up or defensive aspects for the Giallorossi and was unable to find a good strike on target.
Francesco Totti – 7.5 – Memorable
A classic performance from Roma’s icon. He got in the face of both defenders and Consigli while also reverting to a deep lying playmaker to bewitch the opposition. Although he looked destined for an assist he notched his 300th career goal with Roma despite the replay showing his offside position.
Mohamed Salah – 8 – Blockbuster
A fantastic performance in all aspects of the game. Won more dribbles than any of his teammates while also getting stuck into tackles, blocked a shot, and netted an unstoppable one timed volley off of a cleared corner kick to claim his first goal in a Roma shirt.
Juan Iturbe – 6 – Mad
Very hard working to get forward and open up space in attack but somewhat wasteful in his shooting efforts. More than capable to get back into defence and won back possession with some solid tackles but was visibly angry when taken out of the match in just the 50th minute.
Iago Falque – 6 – Patient
Better at patiently running and holding possession to spread passes than Iturbe. Had a promising headed effort caught by Consigli in the final minutes of the match.
Alessandro Florenzi – 6.5 – Impact
Gave Roma some much needed pace as a right full-back and was buzzing with confidence following his game against Barcelona. Won a pair of aerial duels and put in some threatening passes.
Edin Dzeko – N/A