Two goals from defenders earned AS Roma a 2-0 victory over Spezia on Monday. So, among other Serie A football news, Roma beat Spezia by 2-0 at home in Rome yesterday. And this result saw Jose Mourinho’s side climb above Juventus into sixth place in the Serie A standings.
However, the Portuguese coach was not too happy with his Roma team’s overall performance throughout this home match against Spezia.
“I liked the two goals from a corner because yesterday we trained on this for 20, 25 minutes,” Jose Mourinho told Sky Sport Italia.
“I like the result but not the game or how we played. We were in control in the first half but we lost a lot of easy balls.
“We brought Spezia back into the game, when it was not difficult to close it.”
Still, Roma surpassed Juve on goal difference with 28 points from 17 games, while Spezia stay 17th with 12 points.
Serie A Football News – Roma Beat Spezia by 2-0 at Home in Rome
In this game, Roma were actively looking to get back to winning ways after losing their previous two league matches.
And indeed, centre-back Chris Smalling headed the hosts into a sixth-minute lead at the Stadio Olimpico.
English striker Tammy Abraham then hit the crossbar with an unorthodox chest shot as Roma pressed for a second goal. And the same player again came close to scoring early in the second half.
However, the second goal eventually came from someone else in the 56th minute, but also from a corner. Roger Ibanez headed home to put the game to bed.
This victory was tarnished somewhat, though, when 18-year-old Roma substitute Felix Afena-Gyan was sent off late on. He had picking up two bookings.
And Mourinho was furious with the referee after seeing Afena-Gyan bizarrely dismissed.
After all, the second of the Ghanaian teenager’s bookings was for handball as he ran through to score what he thought was Roma’s third goal late, in the 93rd minute.