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Europa Conference League :Roma Beat Leicester 1-0 (agg: 2-1) To Reach Final

by Kolkata Today

Tammy Abraham’s thumping early header helped Roma reach a European final for the first time in 31 years.

Roma’s last European final came in 1990/91, when they lost 2-1 on aggregate to fellow Italian side Inter (0-2 a, 1-0 h).

Roma are unbeaten in their last 19 European home matches, since a 2-0 Champions League loss to Real Madrid in November 2018.

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Tammy Abraham’s11th-minute header, and a disciplined defensive display thereafter, allowed Jose Mourinho ‘s Roma to edge past Leicester City  and into the inaugural Europa Conference League final.

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Tammy Abraham scored his ninth UEFA Europa Conference League goal of the season – becoming the first Englishman to score nine goals in a European campaign (group stage onwards) since Newcastle’s Alan Shearer in 2004/05.

Jose Mourinho has now reached a major UEFA final with four different clubs.

Much was made of Leicester’s attacking threat but it was the hosts who started on the front foot, Kasper Schmeichel keeping out first-leg goalscorer Lorenzo Pellegrini’s free-kick in the opening ten minutes.

From the resulting corner, Chris Smalling managed to evade his marker but could only head over the bar.

This was a warning of things to come for the visitors as, 11 minutes in, captain Pellegrini’s outswinging corner from the right was met in emphatic fashion by Abraham, who outjumped Ricardo Pereira before powering an unstoppable header past the helpless Schmeichel.

The visiting goalkeeper was on hand to deny Pellegrini just six minutes later after Nicola Zalewski’s defence-splitting ball had sent the Roma captain clear as the visitors tried to weather the home side’s pressure.

Leicester brought on Daniel Amartey and Kelechi Iheanacho at the break in a bid to match Roma’s defensive system, and the Foxes sought to find their way back into the match. However, the visitors were unable to test a resolute home defence, only forcing Rui Patrício into two comfortable saves from curling efforts from James Maddison and sub Iheanacho late on.

Leicester’s Jonny Evans,said , “Going behind to a Mourinho team, you knew it was going to be difficult to break them down anyway. Losing that goal in the first-half to a set piece, which has been a problem for us, we didn’t really find a way back in.”


Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers said , “Of course when you lose the second leg of a semi-final it’s disappointing. The second half, we were much better. We forced the game and imposed our way into the game. We had to make changes, I thought we weren’t aggressive enough in the first half.”

Roma’s Tammy Abraham said, “I have no words for the team and the fans. It’s a dream come true. Roma have deserved a final for a long time: I’m happy we reached it, for me and everyone.”

Roma coach Jose Mourinho said,”We had a fantastic game, the players are great and deserve this final. In 180 minutes our goalkeeper had just two saves to make.”


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