Roma 2-1 Lecce: Smalling, Dybala lift Mourinho’s men to win

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 09: Chris Smalling of AS Roma celebrates after scoring their team's first goal during the Serie A match between AS Roma and US Lecce at Stadio Olimpico on October 09, 2022 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
09-10-2022 18:45
MatchDay 9
US Lecce
US Lecce

Roma secured their sixth league victory of the season, defeating Lecce 2-1 this evening in the final match of round nine in Serie A.

The Giallorossi beat the newly promoted in front of a packed Stadio Olimpico with over 65,000 on hand. A first-half goal from Chris Smalling and calm penalty finish from Paulo Dybala were all Jose Mourinho's men needed to earn the three points over Marco Baroni's side.

Despite having to play with ten men for over sixty minutes, Lecce put up a very strong fight and weren't content sitting back after they leveled the score just before halftime. 

Veteran defender Chris Smalling gave Roma an early lead just five minutes into the match. 

The Englishman found the back of the net from the back post, heading home Nicola Zalewski's delivery from the right side.

Not long thereafter, Smalling nearly earned a brace but his shot flashed off target.

Even though the capital club were dominant early on, Lecce leveled the score from a set piece.

Attacker Gabriel Strefezza pounced on a loose ball from a corner kick and fired the ball past Rui Patricio.

After halftime, Jose Mourinho introduced Tammy Abraham hoping the Englishman could provide an attacking spark. 

It didn't take long for his decision to pay dividends. The former Chelsea man won a penalty in the 47th minute after he was brought down in the area by Kristoffer Askildsen.

After the decision was confirmed by VAR, Paulo Dybala put Roma back ahead, scoring his 5th league goal of the season. 

Unfortunately the Argentine was forced off seconds after the goal because he appeared to tweak his hamstring during the goal celebrations.

The capital club had plenty of chances to add an insurance goal or two but Nicola Zalewski, Tammy Abraham and Eldor Shomurodov couldn't convert their chances. 

Nonetheless, Lecce were left frustrated in the final half an hour and didn't create additional goalscoring threats.

Player statistic

1st half
Chris Smalling
(Assist: Lorenzo Pellegrini)
Goal 6'    
    22' Red card Morten Hjulmand
    39' Goal Gabriel Strefezza
2nd half
Paulo Dybala Penalty 48'    
    57' Yellow card Samuel Umtiti
Roger Ibañez Yellow card 60'    
Gianluca Mancini Yellow card 62'    
    88' Yellow card Federico Di Francesco

Match statistic

67
Possession
33
20
Total shots
6
6
Shots on target
3
7
Shots off target
2
7
Blocked shots
1
12
Fouls
11
13
Corners
4
1
Offsides
1
Roma
US Lecce

Starting lineups

1
Goalkeeper
6
Defender
23
Defender
88'
17
Defender
46'
3
Defender
4
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
59
Midfielder
11
Attacker
77'
22
Attacker
46'
21
Attacker
50'
30
Wladimiro Falcone
Goalkeeper
6
Federico Baschirotto
Defender
97
Giuseppe Pezzella
Defender
93
Samuel Umtiti
Defender
17
Valentin Gendrey
Defender
16
Joan Gonzàlez
Midfielder
46'
7
Kristoffer Askildsen
Midfielder
71'
42
Morten Hjulmand
Midfielder
77
Assan Ceesay
Attacker
90'
27
Gabriel Strefezza
Attacker
71'
22
Lameck Banda
Attacker
81'

Substitutes

92
63
Goalkeeper
65
Midfielder
52
Midfielder
58
Defender
62
Midfielder
60
99
Goalkeeper
20
Midfielder
37
46'
9
Attacker
46'
8
Midfielder
50'
14
Attacker
77'
24
Defender
88'
4
Mert Cetin
Defender
1
Marco Bleve
Goalkeeper
25
Antonino Gallo
Defender
3
Kastriot Dermaku
Defender
13
Alessandro Tuia
Defender
19
Marcin Listkowski
Attacker
99
Pablo Rodríguez
Attacker
21
Federico Brancolini
Goalkeeper
5
Marin Pongracic
Defender
29
Alexis Blin
Midfielder
46'
11
Federico Di Francesco
Attacker
71'
14
Thórir Jóhann Helgason
Midfielder
71'
9
Lorenzo Colombo
Attacker
81'
28
Rémi Oudin
Attacker
90'
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