Poor Lukaku and AS Roma suffer expensive loss of points, Svilar even has to save Romans from defeat at Lecce | Series A


A relatively invisible Romelu Lukaku and AS Roma have suffered expensive loss of points in the battle for a Champions League ticket. The score remained 0-0 when they visited mid-table Lecce and Roma were especially happy with that. Lukaku was hardly put into action.

Competitor Bologna won 3-0 against Salernitana earlier in the day, so the gap with a Champions League place was six points before the start of the match in Lecce. So there was some pressure on the Romans, who have been doing well since De Rossi’s appointment. 22 out of 27, those are figures you can come home with. Didn’t that international break come at the wrong time?

Yes, as it turned out. Because what Roma showed before the break was not worthy of Champions League football. Lecce was sharper. And also more dangerous – Svilar had to intervene twice. On the other side, Lukaku had a difficult evening. ‘Big Rom’ was hardly reached and certainly not in the zone of truth. The Red Devil was invisible.


Even after the break, the Romans found it extremely difficult to get their sniper into position. Twenty minutes before the end there was a rare heading opportunity, but Lukaku could not hit the ball. A few minutes earlier, Dorgu left the score 1-0 quite incomprehensibly. Aouar missed again for Roma.

Svilar showed an excellent reflex, which resulted in a spectacle score. Not an ideal scenario for AS Roma, a week before the city derby against Lazio and the double confrontation with AC Milan in the Europa League in prospect.

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End of second half


Rescue Svilar

Substitute Banda gets some space to take action and fires a shot. Svilar taps the ball into a corner kick.


Yellow card for Bryan Cristante


Rick Karsdorp is replaced by Zeki Çelik


Tommaso Baldanzi is replaced by Paulo Dybala


Antonino Gallo is replaced by Lorenzo Venuti


Yellow card for Ylber Ramadani


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Marker Lukaku

Lukaku is now being found a little more. The Red Devil discards, El Shaarawy decides too weak.


Chance Roma

Finally another big opportunity for Roma. Substitute Aouar appears alone in front of the goalkeeper, but it is Falcone who comes out on top.


Patrick Dorgu is replaced by Rémi Oudin


Lukaku can’t quite head the ball

Then (almost) Lukaku. He tries to head the ball towards the goal on a cross, but the Red Devil does not hit the target cleanly. The ball goes wide.


What a miss

Roma escapes the deficit! Dorgu can take a free-standing shot from a few meters, but the winger incomprehensibly kicks wide.


Nicola Zalewski is replaced by Stephan El Shaarawy


Edoardo Bove is replaced by Houssem Aouar




Pontus Almqvist is replaced by Lameck Banda


Roberto Piccoli is replaced by Nicola Sansone


No penalty

A hot stand in the penalty area of ​​Lecce. Zalewski goes to the ground, the ref decides no penalty. The VAR follows him.


Evan N’Dicka is replaced by Dean Huijsen

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