Late drama as Roma clinched Europa League qualification with a last-minute penalty kick
In a thrilling finish to Serie A, Roma secured their place in the Europa League at the expense of Juventus. Former Bianconeri player Paulo Dybala’s penalty kick in the 90th minute sealed a dramatic 2-1 victory over Spezia. The result also means that Spezia now face a play-off match to determine Premier League status for next season.
A late penalty from Dybala sends Roma to the Europa League
Roma emerged victorious in a decisive match against Spezia thanks to a late penalty kick taken by Paulo Dybala. The 2-1 win secured Roma’s qualification for the Europa League and ended Spezia’s hopes of avoiding the relegation match.
The Early Leadership of Spezia and Rome’s Response
Spezia took an early lead with Demetrius Nikolaou’s goal, boosting their chances of survival. However, Roma responded to the score, and Nikola Zalewski equalized before half-time. The match remained balanced, with both teams competing for each other’s goals.
Dybala’s decisive penalty and relegation effects
In the final moments of the match, Dybala stepped up and calmly scored a penalty, securing Roma’s place in the top six. Meanwhile, Milan’s victory over Verona meant that Spezia and Verona would face a relegation play-off, joining Cremonese and Sampdoria in the battle against demotion.
Mourinho’s support and uncertain future
Roma fans showed their unwavering support for coach Jose Mourinho, with banners expressing solidarity and admiration. Despite recent controversy, including his actions after the Europa League final, fans have reiterated their support for Mourinho. Whether he will remain on the bench at Roma next season remains uncertain, but fans remain hopeful of another successful Europa League campaign.
Player of the match – Stephan El Shaarawy
While Dybala may have been the hero with the winning penalty, Stephan El Shaarawy showed off his attacking prowess for Roma. A constant threat, he hit the crossbar with a powerful effort and scored the decisive penalty that sealed the victory.
Roma’s thrilling victory over Spezia on the final day of Serie A secured their qualification for the Europa League. A late penalty by Paulo Dybala ensured victory for Roma and ended Spezia’s hopes of avoiding a relegation play-off. With the unwavering support of coach Jose Mourinho and outstanding performances from players such as Stephan El Shaarawy, Roma is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead in the European Championship.