MILAN, Italy– Roma’s
chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League suffered another blow
on Friday as a 3-2 home defeat by Bologna extended the capital club’s winless
streak to three Serie A games.
Paulo Fonseca’s fifth-placed side remain level on points
with fourth-placed Atalanta, who visit Fiorentina on Saturday, before the two
teams meet in Bergamo next weekend.
“At this moment, we are too anxious, so I must consider
what I can do to change this situation,” Roma boss Fonseca told Sky Sport
“We must work to change this. It’s not overly dramatic,
it might all seem negative right now, but we just need courage.”
Riccardo Orsolini took advantage of an error by English
defender Chris Smalling to grab a 16th-minute advantage for Bologna at the
Stadio Olimpico, before Stefano Denswil’s dreadful own goal drew Roma level
just six minutes later.
But Gambian international Musa Barrow scored excellent
individual efforts either side of half-time to send Bologna on their way to
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s header gave the home side hope with 18
minutes remaining, but Bryan Cristante was sent off shortly afterwards to end
any thoughts of a comeback.
Bologna climbed to sixth in the table after their third
straight win, one point above Cagliari and Parma in the race to qualify for the
On Saturday, Serie A leaders Juventus visit Verona, before
second-placed Inter, three points off the pace, face city rivals AC Milan on