Roma-Spezia 2-0: goals from Smalling and Ibanez, Mourinho reaches Juventus. Felix Afena-Gyan expelled in the final

Defense turns into attack and the Roma wins the three points against Spice (2-0) reaching 28 in the standings like the Juventus and detaching the Lazio. The networks came from Smalling (replaced in the 64th minute due to injury) e Ibanez, both on two corners taken by Veretout. The first, that of the English, was “soiled” by Abraham, the second, that of the full-back, is a classic dunk of the head.

Roma administered the game for most of the 90 minutes, gave La Spezia the field intermittently, only to pick up the situation after having defused the dangers. Dangers mainly came from Manaj (a goal for offside by Bastoni was canceled), but also by Amian on the final.

Roma-Spezia, illness for a fan. Fear at the Olimpico, the South Curve stops singing

The Giallorossi defense protagonist, therefore, but also the offensive department tried to show off with Abraham: the Englishman in addition to being the author of the assist of the first goal, proposed himself continuously trying to affect the result. It is his post on a cross from Mkhitaryan (eighth wood in the season) and it is his full chest dunk at the end of the first half. Remaining in attack, in the 65th minute Mourinho he threw in Afena-Gyan instead of Mayoral (not very incisive, often imprecise): Ghanaian was preferred to Shomurodov despite the two-week stop due to Covid, but with his lightning descents he ignited the Olimpico up to that point in silence due to an illness of a boy in Curva Sud. An enthusiasm that also brought him a yellow card and then red for having adjusted the ball in his hand before scoring. He went to cheer, but his goal was canceled, sending Mourinho into a rage.

Roma-Spezia, the match report


94′ – The referee blows his whistle three times, Roma wins 2-0 against Spezia

93′ – Felix Afena scores, but the goal is disallowed for a tap with his arm. The attacker was already booked and is sent off

92′ – Yellow for Gyasi, Bove enters for Veretout

90′ – Three minutes of injury time granted by the referee

82′ – Another opportunity to shorten the distance failed from Spezia: Amian with his head, all alone, does not find the door

78′ – Very dangerous spice, triple chance for guests. Rui Patricio neutralizes Manaj’s shot after a defensive inattention by the Giallorossi

70′ – Yellow also for Felix Afena for protests

65′ – Kumbulla’s foul on Agudelo: the defender is booked (there was also a check from the Var which excluded direct red)

64′ – Double change for Mourinho: outside the author of the first, Smalling, and Borja Mayoral, inside Diawara and Felix Afena

61′ – Manaj beats Rui Patricio but Bastoni, author of the assist, is offside. The referee cancels with the help of the Var

57′ – Roma doubles: Ibanez’s header from Veretout’s assist from a corner kick

56′ – Good attempt by Manaj with the right, para Rui Patricio

54′ – Yellow for Vina for a foul on the new entry Agudelo

53′ – Triple change for Thiago Motta: out Strelec, Maggiore and Kovalenko, in Green, Bastoni and Agudelo

50′ – Vina close to doubling for Rome, Spezia manages to escape amid protests from the Giallorossi who wanted the penalty kick

46′ – Race resumed at the Olimpico. No changes for the two coaches


45′ – In the final, pole, the eighth, for Tammy Abraham this year: Roma can’t double before going to the locker room

35′ – Spezia also tries with Reca, Rui Patricio saves in two times

25′ – Abraham’s touch in the center for Vina, the winger shoots in a corner kick

17′ – First change for Spezia: outside Sala, inside Kiwior

7′ – At the first opportunity, Roma immediately took the lead on the development of a corner kick. Bank of Abraham and Smalling tap-in for the 1-0 of the hosts

1′ – Everything is ready at the Olimpico for the match between Rome and Spezia, of the teacher against the pupil. Match that closes the seventeenth day of Serie A

Rome-Spezia, the official formations

ROMA (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Ibanez, Smalling, Kumbulla; Karsdorp, Veretout, Cristante, Mkhitaryan, Vina; Mayoral, Abraham. All. Mourinho

SPICE (3-5-2): Provedel; Amian, Erlic, Nikolau; Gyasi, Kovalenko, Sala, Maggiore, Reca; Strelec, Manaj. All. Thiago Motta

Last updated: Tuesday 14 December 2021, 00:58


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Roma-Spezia 2-0: goals from Smalling and Ibanez, Mourinho reaches Juventus. Felix Afena-Gyan expelled in the final

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