Roma 2-1 Lecce: Dybala helps Giallorossi prevail in home win

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Roma beated Lecce 2-1 on Sunday at the Stadio Olympico. Roma were looking to continue their good run, following a 2-1 victory against Internazionale. Lecce had secured a point against Cremonese in their previous match. Roma and Lecce currently occupy 5th and 16th spots in the table, with 19 points and 7 points respectively after 9 matches.

Roma found the net first, when Chris Smalling gave them the lead early in the first half. However, their celebrations were kept brief, as Gabriel Strefezza equalised for Giallorossi, at 39 minutes. The score at break remained 1-1.

Giallorossi fought back, with an early penalty goal from Paulo Dybala in the 48th minute. The final result, Roma 2, Lecce 1.

Substitutions for Roma included Leonardo Spinazzola, Tammy Abraham, Nemanja Matic, Eldor Shomurodov and Marash Kumbulla for Matias Vina, Nicolo Zaniolo, Paulo Dybala, Andrea Belotti and Gianluca Mancini, respectively. Lecce replaced Alexis Blin, Thorir Johann Helgason, Federico Di Francesco, Lorenzo Colombo and Remi Oudin with Joan Gonzalez, Kristoffer Askildsen, Gabriel Strefezza, Lameck Banda and Assan Ceesay.

The referee booked Roger Ibanez and Gianluca Mancini from Roma. Lecce had the worst of it though, with Samuel Umtiti seeing yellow, and Morten Hjulmand then sent off with a red.

Roma will next play Sampdoria away, with Lecce facing Fiorentina at home.

Technical card:
Roma:Rui Patricio, Roger Ibanez, Chris Smalling, Gianluca Mancini (Marash Kumbulla, min.88), Nicola Zalewski, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Bryan Cristante, Matias Vina (Leonardo Spinazzola, min.46), Andrea Belotti (Eldor Shomurodov, min.77), Paulo Dybala (Nemanja Matic, min.50) and Nicolo Zaniolo (Tammy Abraham, min.46)
Lecce:Wladimiro Falcone, Valentin Gendrey, Federico Baschirotto, Samuel Umtiti, Giuseppe Pezzella, Joan Gonzalez (Alexis Blin, min.46), Morten Hjulmand, Kristoffer Askildsen (Thorir Johann Helgason, min.71), Lameck Banda (Lorenzo Colombo, min.81), Assan Ceesay (Remi Oudin, min.90) and Gabriel Strefezza (Federico Di Francesco, min.71)
Stadium:the Stadio Olympico
Goals:Chris Smalling (1-0, min. 6), Gabriel Strefezza (1-1, min. 39) and Paulo Dybala (2-1, min. 48)