Ten-man Roma stage dramatic fightback to draw with Sassuolo

by admin on January 29th, 2019

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Ljajic had begun the comeback with a 78th minute penalty for a Roma side reduced to 10 men six minutes after the break when midfielder Daniele De Rossi was sent off for a second booking.


Rudi Garcia’s team stayed three points behind leaders and titleholders Juventus, who drew 0-0 at Fiorentina on Friday, after dropping their first points at home in the league this season.

Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman started his first game for Roma since last March when he injured his left knee, forcing him to miss the World Cup.

Simone Zaza silenced the Stadio Olimpico crowd with two goals in three minutes, the first courtesy of a blunder by Morgan De Sanctis.

The Roma goalkeeper took too long in trying the clear the ball and Zaza intercepted and slid the ball into the net in the 15th minute. Three minutes later, Zaza escaped the offside trap and powered his shot past a helpless De Sanctis.

Roma’s best chance of the half was a Jose Holebas effort from a tight angle which Andrea Consigli just tipped onto the crossbar.

Roma seemed to be chasing a lost cause after De Rossi’s dismissal but a controversial penalty with 13 minutes to go, awarded for handball by Sime Vrsaljko, allowed Ljajic to reduce the arrears.

The Serbia international found the back of the net again in the third minute of stoppage time, side-footing home his sixth league goal of the season after Alessandro Florenzi got to the byline and pulled the ball back.

“We are disappointed,” said Ljajic. “I’m not sure

what happened at the start, we didn’t seem ready. But after going down by two goals we dominated. Too bad we came away with just the one point.”

(Editing by Brian Homewood)

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