EMPOLI 1-2 ROMA: Tammy Abraham’s second-half winner fires Jose Mourinho’s side back to winning ways as the Italian giants take fifth spot in Serie A
- Tammy Abraham netted a 71st minute winner to get Roma back to winning ways
- Jose Mourinho’s side climbed to fifth in Serie A – one point behind Napoli in first
- Paulo Dybala scored the first before setting up Abraham’s second-half winner
Both teams hit the woodwork numerous times, while Roma missed a penalty and an Empoli player was sent off late on.
Roma moved up to fifth, a point behind the top three of Napoli, Atalanta and AC Milan.
Striker Tammy Abraham scored Roma’s winner as the Italian side claimed fifth spot in Serie A
Jose Mourinho’s side was looking to bounce back from consecutive losses: 4-0 to Udinese last weekend, and 2-1 at Ludogorets in the Europa League.
It almost got off to the best possible start but Dybala’s effort came off the right post.
It did take the lead 10 minutes later when Empoli failed to clear a cross and it came out to Dybala at the edge of the area and he fired a powerful shot into the top left corner.
Empoli almost leveled shortly after but Martin Satriano’s header came off the left post.
Paulo Dybala scored the first for Jose Mourinho’s side before setting up Abraham’s winner
The home side did go in at halftime level, however, as Petar Stojanovic’s cross went through a crowd of bodies for Filippo Bandinelli to head in to the bottom right corner, two minutes before the break.
Roma restored its lead when Dybala whipped in a cross from the right and Tammy Abraham volleyed it in at the back post.
Roma should have doubled its advantage 10 minutes from fulltime but Lorenzo Pellegrini fired his spot kick off the crossbar, after Liberato Cacace was penalized for bringing down Roger Ibanez just inside the area.
Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro hit the post for Empoli but their chances of snatching something from the match diminished three minutes from time when the same player was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Chris Smalling.