Brighton Bow To Roman Massacre In Europa League Round of 16

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AS Roma’s strong position in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals was once again put to test after a convincing 4-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the first leg of the round of 16 at the Stadio Olimpico.

This makes Roma’s impressive record of just one defeat in their last 24 home games in this competition.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s debut in European knockout football ended against a seasoned AS Roma team.

In the match, Leonardo Spinazzola delivered a precise cross to Romelu Lukaku, whose header was saved over the bar by Jason Steele, preventing Roma from scoring early in the game.

Paulo Dybala scored to give AS Roma the lead. He timed his run well to receive a precise pass from Leandro Paredes, calmly finishing past Jason Steele.

Initially, the goal was disallowed due to an offside call by the linesman, but VAR (Video Assistant Referee) reversed the decision, confirming the goal for Roma.

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It is indeed a challenging period for Roberto De Zerbi’s team, which has been struggling with poor form. However, they showed a promising response. Simon Adingra, playing energetically on the left side, provided a good opportunity for Danny Welbeck, whose header was saved by Mile Svilar, the goalkeeper.

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AS Roma extended their lead due to a mistake by Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, which Romelu Lukaku capitalized on by scoring a clinical goal past Jason Steele. Despite this setback, Danny Welbeck almost scored for Brighton shortly after from another Simon Adingra cross, but Mile Svilar made another crucial save just before halftime, denying Welbeck once again.

Brighton’s coach, Roberto De Zerbi, made a change in the attacking lineup in the second half, bringing on Ansu Fati to replace Julio Enciso.

However, AS Roma further dampened any hopes of a comeback by Brighton when Gianluca Mancini excellently stretched to connect with Stephan El Shaarawy’s cross, likely leading to another goal for Roma.

AS Roma’s dominance in the match and Brighton’s defensive vulnerabilities. The goal by Bryan Cristante, assisted by Stephan El Shaarawy, further emphasized Brighton’s struggle defensively. With Roma securing a four-goal lead, the second leg of the match was shaping up to be a mere formality, leaving Brighton’s European campaign hanging by a thread.

AS Roma for their highly efficient performance, capitalized on Brighton’s lack of experience in European competition. Roma has now emerged as serious contenders for winning the tournament.

On the other hand, while Brighton deserves praise for reaching this stage, their chances of progressing further seem slim, as it would require a remarkable comeback to avoid being eliminated from Europe without much of a fight.

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