Bologna 1-5 Roma: It’s first-half demolition job for Roma

Edin Dzeko-Henrikh Mkhitaryan-Roma

AS Roma blew Bologna away on Sunday in a first half that saw them score five times to condemn their hosts to their 7th loss of the Serie A season.

Roma needed little time to get in the lead as they were gifted an own goal by Andrea Poli in the fifth minute and from then on everything went Roma’s way.

Edin Dzeko put his side further ahead in the 10th minute collecting a pass from Pellegrini in the middle of the box and smashing it into the bottom right corner.

The impressive display of attacking football from Roma continued and five minutes from the second goal Lorenzo Pellegrini having set up the second goal for Dzeko got in the score sheet himself with a short-range shot from outside the box into the bottom left corner.

The home side had something to cheer in the 24th minute when Bryan Cristante put the ball into his own net to earn Bologna some respite.

But the goal was rather irrelevant as Roma put the game further away from them with some beautiful array of passes that ended with Henrikh Mkhitaryan teeing up Jordan Veretout to score in the 34th minute.

The Armenian completed the first half demolition with a goal of his own to hand Roma a commanding win in the first half.

The home team emerged from the tunnel with a raft of changes as Sinisa Mihajlovic sought to save face and avoid further embarrassment. The changes seemed to work for the hosts as it stemmed the visitors attacking prowess.

The second period which was low on quality football ended with a with five yellow cards dished out in the second half alone.

The result leaves Roma in sixth place while Bologna drop to 13th place with 12 points. Both sides are back in action in the Serie A with Roma hosting Torino while Bologna will travel to Spezia.