Smalling and Ibanez head Roma to success against Spezia

Roma weren’t at their best but still managed to beat Spezia 2-0 on Monday.

Both goals came from corners and were scored by defenders to ensure a sub-standard performance wasn’t punished after all.

Roma took the lead when their two English players combined in the sixth minute. Tammy Abraham headed the ball goalwards before Chris Smalling diverted it beyond the keeper’s reach with the same part of his anatomy.

The lead was doubled after 56 minutes when Roger Ibanez powerfully headed in a Jordan Veretout corner.

There were a couple of wake-up calls for Roma at the other end and Spezia thought they were getting back into the game when scoring shortly after, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Roma would have a goal of their own disallowed when Felix Afena-Gyan showed determination before blasting in during stoppage time. The only problem was he showed too much determination, deliberately handling the ball to get it under his control. It earned him his second yellow card and he thus received his marching orders.

It was a befitting conclusion to a somewhat strange game, but the important thing is that Roma have the three points in the bag.

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