The shirt was allowed to come off. Romelu Lukaku certainly did not play his best match for AS Roma against Lecce, but the end result still remains. That decisive goal deep in injury time, after substitute Azmoun had already scored the equalizer in extra time. Up and over mid-range in two minutes.
LOOK. Romelu Lukaku sends AS Roma into delirium
Lukaku’s evening had started sourly. He had not missed a single penalty in Italy. A first for ‘Big Rom’ against Lecce: he missed his first of 19 penalties as an Italian employee. That series of 100 percent no longer stands.
Normally Paolo Dybala is the regular penalty taker at Roma, but Lukaku also has a reputation to uphold. He immediately botched it on his first attempt for Roma. It was just badly kicked. Lukaku missed his last penalty in August 2017, while still playing for Man United. Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel (now Anderlecht) then stopped his kick.
Lukaku continued the line of that miss afterwards. Until that one decisive action that exploded the Stadio Olimpico. That’s why they bought it.
Jose Mourinho gave his striker a big hug after the final whistle.
LOOK. Lukaku’s penalty miss against Lecce
End of second half
Yellow card for Romelu Lukaku
2-1 GOAL by Romelu Lukaku!
1-1 GOAL by Sardar Azmoun!
Yellow card for Diego Llorente
Yellow card for Gabriel Strefezza
Yellow card for Ahmed Touba
Pontus Almqvist is replaced by Ahmed Touba
Nikola Krstovic is replaced by Roberto Piccoli
Beautiful ball from Lukaku. The Red Devil puts the ball ready for Dybala to decide.
Rick Karsdorp is replaced by Rasmus Kristensen
Gianluca Mancini is replaced by Nicola Zalewski
Stephan El Shaarawy is replaced by Andrea Belotti
Yellow card for Ylber Ramadani
Yellow card for Renato Sanches
Lameck Banda is replaced by Gabriel Strefezza
Houssem Aouar is replaced by Sardar Azmoun
0-1 GOAL by Pontus Almqvist!
Roma gets the lid on the nose. Almqvist is in the right place to push a put-back past Rui Patricio.
Edoardo Bove is replaced by Renato Sanches
Hamza Rafia is replaced by Joan Gonzàlez
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