With a convincing 2-0 victory against Spezia, AS Roma provisibly climbed to fourth place in the Serie A standings and extended their undefeated streak away from home to nine games across all competitions.
Despite this, the Poland international was instrumental in what would otherwise have been a lackluster start to the game. He was denied a penalty after falling inside the penalty area, with claims that Ferrer touched his trailing leg.
Tammy Abraham was brought down on the edge of the area by Petko Hristov’s challenge, which may have resulted in a red card for preventing a goal opportunity, but the incident did not even result in a VAR review. Luca Gottis’ team rode their luck again. After this outburst, José Mourinho’s team began to edge a cagey contest and scored on their first significant opportunity of the game.
Paulo Dybala gave a selfless ball to Stephan El Shaarawy just before halftime, who then scored his first goal in all competitions since October.
Only four minutes into the second half did Abraham eventually get the goal his industry deserved.