In the first round of Group C of the 2022/23 Europa League , Roma lost 1-2 away to Ludogorets.
In the first half, Bernard Techpedi lost a good chance to score in the face of an empty goal, and Gianluca Mancini hit the post with a header. In the second half, Cauly opened the scoring, Shomurodov pulled a goal back, and Nonato scored at the end to seal the victory. Currently, Roma are third in the group, with Ludogorets at the top.
Under the high pressure of Ludogorets , Roma was in danger of breaking the goal in the opening 3 minutes. Ludogorets would have taken a one-goal lead had it not been for Tek Pedi who had kicked the ball wide in front of the empty goal. In the next 40 minutes, Mourinho’s team was at a stalemate with their opponents, and the only good chance to score also missed them: in the 35th minute, Pellegrini took a corner kick from the left and Gianluca Mancini headed it. The attack hit the post. Earlier, Pellegrini took advantage of a corner kick to shoot the ball, which was easily resolved by Pat.
Entering stoppage time in the first half, Roma’s poor defense created another chance for Cauly to face the goal. Fortunately, Smalling blocked the crisis in time.
After changing sides in the second half, Roma attacked Ludogorets, but the players failed to seize the opportunity. In the 46th minute, Dybala dribbled the ball to the penalty area to break through from the right, and Pellegrini failed to shoot on target. In the 51st and 57th minutes, Dybala attempted a long-range shot, but both ended in failure.
In the 72nd minute of the game, Ludogorets finally scored the first goal of the game: After getting the ball from Petrovs, Cauly broke through all the way to the penalty area to complete the goal, opening the scoring for the team. Unexpectedly, in less than a quarter of an hour, Pellegrini made a cross from the right, and Xiaomurodov headed the net to chase the score to 1-1.
In the last 2 minutes of the game, Ludogorets sealed the victory. Rick sent a through ball from the right to the penalty area. After receiving the ball, Nonato shook off Ibáñez and scored, locking the final score at 2-1. At the end of the game, Roma was defeated by Ludogorets with a final goal.