AS Roma has dramatically shot himself in the foot in the eighth finals of the Coppa Italia. The Romans fought back from a 2-0 backlog against Spezia, but two red cards at the beginning of the extensions did the Roma: 4-2.
Roma, who also got a sensitive hit last weekend by city mate Lazio (3-0), had a catastrophic start in the cup duel with Spezia, where goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet sat back on the couch for the first time since his groin injury.
After six minutes Andrei Galabinov made a penalty kick 1-0 for Spezia, where Jeroen Zoet was on the couch for the first time since his groin injury. The Bulgarian also gave the assist at the 2-0 of Fiorentina mercenary Riccardo Saponara, who nicely found the crossing..
Roma had to be in pursuit and also got handful of opportunities, but especially Edin Dzeko substitute Borja Mayoral did not have the sights on focus.
Lorenzo Pellegrini took care of the connection hit of eleven meters and a quarter of an hour before Henrich Mchitarjan fled the stand with a nice banging.
In the renewals, Spezia would certainly succumb to the ongoing pressure, but that situation changed completely when Roma received two red cards within two minutes.
Defender Gianluca Mancini got his second yellow card after a solid duel and goalkeeper Pau López torpedoed a broken opponent.
Against nine men Spezia smelled blood and through a beautiful headball by Daniele Verde and an even more beautiful lobe of Saponara, the biggest surprise of the eighth finals in the Italian cup became a fact.
Quarterfinals almost complete
Spezia will compete against Napoli and Internazionale against city mate AC Milan in the quarter-finals. Juventus receives second-grader SPAL.
The opponent of Atalanta Bergamo will be announced on Thursday. Then Lazios still playing Parma. The quarter-finals will be played next week.