AS Roma pulled off a remarkable late comeback on Sunday evening to secure a 2-1 victory against Lecce. Romelu Lukaku and Sardar Azmoun were the heroes of the match, scoring stoppage-time goals that left fans at the Stadio Olimpico on the edge of their seats.
Lukaku, who had earlier missed a sixth-minute penalty, redeemed himself with a decisive strike in the dying moments of the game. The Belgian striker’s goal capped off a stunning turnaround for Jose Mourinho’s squad, which had looked poised for a shocking defeat after Pontus Almqvist netted Lecce’s opener in the 71st minute.
Despite facing a determined Lecce side, Roma’s attacking trio of Dybala, El Shaarawy, and Lukaku continuously threatened the visitors’ defense. However, the Lecce goalkeeper, Wladimiro Falcone, put in a stellar performance, denying multiple attempts from the Roma side.
With approximately 20 minutes remaining, Roma found themselves trailing and in danger of dropping crucial points. It was then that Azmoun and Lukaku stepped up to the plate. Azmoun’s powerful header in the 91st minute drew the team’s level, setting the stage for Lukaku’s dramatic winner just minutes later.
The victory catapulted Roma to eighth place in the Serie A standings, now just four points away from the coveted Champions League spots. This timely win also positioned them ahead of city rivals Lazio in the lead-up to the highly anticipated Rome derby next weekend.
In another Serie A fixture, Juventus secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Fiorentina, thanks to an early goal by Fabio Miretti. The win marked Juventus’ fourth consecutive league victory, keeping them in contention for the top spot.
Despite Fiorentina’s spirited attacking efforts, Juventus held firm, showcasing a disciplined defensive performance. Wojciech Szczesny’s crucial saves ensured the visitors maintained their lead and secured the three points.
With only two points separating them from league leaders Inter Milan, Juventus is poised for a fierce title race. The Tuscany region, severely affected by Storm Ciaran, didn’t deter the teams from delivering an intense and competitive match.
The victory propelled Juventus to second place in the Serie A standings, just behind Inter Milan. Meanwhile, Fiorentina faces a challenging period, having lost three consecutive matches without finding the back of the net.
Roma is set to face Lazio in a highly anticipated derby clash, while Juventus looks to maintain their title pursuit against Bologna.