Who says you can’t do it without experience in your frontline? Well, actually, that’d be me saying that all season long. But the frontline of Borja Mayoral, Lorenzo Pellegrini, and (accompanied by ringside valet) Carles Perez led Roma to a goal-fest victory over nemesis-club Spezia this afternoon. It’s just a shame that Roma’s backline kept letting Spezia back into the game at the other end of the field.
Mayoral opened the scoring in typical fashion for Roma, before Spezia got an equalizer just seven minutes later through striker Roberto Piccoli. Both point-blank range goals for each side were the clue that neither team had it in mind to play safe, conservative football. And why should we have expected any different after the mid-week cup game?
There will be plenty of blame to hand around for Max Kumbulla, Chris Smalling, Roger Ibañez, and Pau Lopez when it comes to the goals conceded today, but the Giallorossi always had the firepower at the front end to keep their noses ahead on the scoreline. It took as long as ten minutes deep into the second half, but Mayoral once again struck to put Roma 2-1 up. And the home side weren’t done there.
Just minutes later, Mayoral backheeled a sumptuous 1-2 move down the left flank to put Spinazzola past the last line of Spezia’s defence. Roma’s left wingback then looked up inside the box to gift Rick Karsdorp with an easy goal on the far side for 3-1. Yet Spezia would hit back minutes later with substitute Diego Farias grabbing a goal back for 3-2. That put the last half hour of the game on red-and-yellow alert for Roma and, sure enough, Spezia would equalize in the very last minute of normal time through ex-Roma forward Daniele Verde.
But if you thought that was the end of the story, just check the end of the highlights video below for an all-around team move that was capped off by Lorenzo Pellegrini heroics on the day for Roma.