Tammy Abraham Saves Roma Against 10-Man
Last-gasp Abraham saves Roma against 10-man Spezia
Roma Vs Spezia – Tammy Abraham scored a penalty in the ninth minute of stoppage time to give Roma a 1-0 victory against Spezia, who had to play the whole second half with 10 men.
After an action-packed contest on the Italian Riviera that seemed to be headed for a stalemate, England international Abraham slammed home his 12th Serie A goal of the season from the penalty spot to salvage the points for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Roma have moved up to sixth position in the table with 44 points, six points behind the Champions League spots, due to a penalty awarded following an on-field VAR review that enraged relegation-threatened Spezia.
It was given for Giulio Maggiore kicking Nicolo Zaniolo in the head as the Roma forward hit the crossbar with a header in the second of two incredible stoppage-time goalmouth scrambles as Spezia fought tooth and nail to hold off the visitors after Kelvin Amian was sent off on the stroke of half-time.
“I still can’t find my words, I don’t know what happened today,” Abraham said to DAZN.
“The ball didn’t want to go inside. We tried, even me, I was on the line and I still couldn’t score. But the most important thing is we got the goal at the end and the three points.”
Roma had 31 shots and struck the woodwork four times at the Stadio Alberto Picco on what had looked to be another frustrating evening for Mourinho’s men.
After Abraham’s stunning winner, Spezia, who wore t-shirts with the words “end war” inscribed in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag in support of their comrade Viktor Kovalenko, are four points above the relegation zone.
"I don't know what happened today – the ball didn't want to go in! We tried everything … but the most important is we got the goal in the end.
"This was a very important win for us today. Hopefully we can build on this."
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 27, 2022
A point behind Spezia are Cagliari, who continued their remarkable new year’s revival by winning 2-1 at Torino to climb out of the Serie A relegation zone.
Walter Mazzarri’s side came out on top in Turin thanks to strikes in each half from Raoul Bellanova and Alessandro Deiola, which cancelled out a second goal in as many games from Italy forward Andrea Belotti who had levelled the scores eight minutes after the break.
The Sardinian side looked doomed to the drop at the turn of the year after a run of 11 matches without a win left them second-from-bottom with just 10 points.
However they have picked up 15 points from their eight games since the winter break and now sit 17th, three points ahead of Venezia who lost 3-1 at Verona thanks to a Giovanni Simeone hat-trick.
Simeone’s first goals of 2022 took his league tally for the season to 15 and moved ninth-placed Verona to within three points of the European places.
David Okereke headed the away side back into the game with his team two down with nine minutes remaining but they were left to rue missing chances to take control of the game in the first half.
Napoli take on Champions League-chasing Lazio on Sunday night knowing a win will put them top on goal difference.