Roma were just seconds away from drawing their fourth league match in a row this evening before winning a last-second penalty versus Spezia.
With less than 20 seconds remaining, Spezia’s Giulio Maggiore was defending on Roma’s set piece and was caught delivering a high boot straight into Nicolo Zaniolo’s face.
Referee Michael Fabbri did not initially whistle for a foul but moments later he was instructed to conduct an on-field review by VAR. Less than one minute later, Fabbri awarded the Giallorossi a penalty, which was ultimately buried by Tammy Abraham—his 12th league goal of the season.
“We worked on penalties yesterday and tonight I was the designated taker,” the Englishman told DAZN.
“Usually it’s Lorenzo (Pellegrini) but he took all the pressure off me. He calmed me down and wished me luck.”
Abraham was also asked about the Giallorossi’s recent scoring woes. They ended the evening with 30 shots, however, they still had problems finding the back of the net.
“The goal seemed cursed,” he joked.
“Near the end I was half a step away from the goal linbut I couldn’t get a foot on the ball. But we got the win, which is the most important thing. We knew tonight was going to be tough, but it was also an crucial game for us.”
He added, “Rome is my home, I fell in love with this club from day one. The most important matter is doing well for this club. We need to build on this and keep going.”