Mayoral, Pellegrini Lead Roma’s Reaction Against Spezia: 4-3

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After their unpredictable Coppa Italia elimination, the Giallorossi collected a vital three points defeating Spezia in the very last minute. Fonseca confirms that his group is united.

The brutal defeat Roma suffered against Spezia in the Coppa Italia has certainly left disappointment and anger in the Lupi. But today’s match against Italiano‘s side showed that Pellegrini and his team are focused on their seasonal goal, the qualification for the Champions League.

The Giallorossi want to keep and possibly improve their current position in the Serie A standings and they put sweat and ardor to achieve today’s victory.

I think we have seen that this group is united…

We played a great match with some mistakes both up front and in the back. But I think that with all the difficulties we had this week, it’s nice to win and hug each other.

Lorenzo Pellegrini said to SKY Sport at the end of Roma v Spezia 4-3

Paulo Fonseca expressed his happiness for the performance of his men. The Portuguese coach had many unavailable players for today’s challenge but Mayoral and Pellegrini stepped up and dragged their teammates to the victory.

ROMA v SPEZIA: 4-3 | Stats

  • Ball possession: 47% – 53%
  • Total shots: 14 – 6
  • Shots inside box: 11 – 6
  • Big chances: 5 – 2

(Stats by SofaScore)

His run towards the players right after Pellegrini‘s winner was an immense satisfaction and the right reward for a group that deserved the three points.

It was an emotional moment. It would have been an injustice not to win this match. That was a team-moment in which we showed that we are all united.

Paulo Fonseca said to SKY Sport

Today’s captain of the Lupi clearly made a difference against Spezia. Remarkable was his attitude and desire to sweep away the disappointments experienced during the week and the criticisms received. His last-minute goal may have marked the beginning of a new period albeit, since the start of the season, the team has been doing positive things, especially in the Italian league.


  • Minutes played: 90′
  • Goals: 1
  • Assists: 1
  • Touches: 53
  • Accurate passes 23/26 (88%)
  • Ground duels (won): 14 (9)

(Stats by SofaScore)

If we take into consideration the recent Coppa Italia defeat Roma suffered against Spezia, the player who had disappointed the most definitely was Mayoral. On that occasion, the Spaniard had missed a few opportunities to score and a huge chance right at the end of the match. Today, instead, the 23-year-old scored a superb brace and consistently helped his teammates even dropping down towards the midfield line.

Young players must gain experience and have the necessary time to show their talent. Borja Mayoral is one of these talented strikers very mobile and with a delicate touch. Remarkable was his subtle deflection for Spinazzola who then put Karsdorp in the condition to score the 3-1.


  • Minutes played: 90′
  • Goals: 2
  • Shots on target: 2
  • Touches: 35
  • Accurate passes: 15/20 (75%)
  • Key passes: 3

(Stats by SofaScore)

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About Stefano Bernardini 4052 Articles
A Roman between New York, Philadelphia, and Rome achieving his dreams. Persistence can make extraordinary things happen. Editor of AS ROMA 360 | Collaborated with & Calcio e Finanza | Reported on Major League Soccer | Featured on Bleacher Report & OneFootball EN.

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