AS Roma vs Leicester City: Tammy Abraham dedicates the win to the Giallorossi fans

Tammy Abraham’s 10th-minute header separated the two sides at Stadio Olimpico and enter the final of the Europa Conference League with a 2-1 aggregate win.

AS Roma striker Tammy Abraham; Credit: Twitter/@ASRomaEN
By Sreejith C R | May 6, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

AS Roma defeated Leicester City 1-0 in the second leg of the Europa Conference League semi-final fixture on Thursday. Tammy Abraham’s 10th-minute header separated the two sides at Stadio Olimpico to secure a 2-1 aggregate victory for the Italian outfit and reach the final of the competition. The England striker says he dedicates this victory to the Roma Fans who filled the stadium much before the players were on the pitch. It was a very good defensive display from the Giallorossi, as the Foxes registered just two shots on target in the entire match and failed to create any clear-cut chances. Meanwhile the first leg at King Power Stadium had finished 1-1 after Gianluca Mancini’s own goal had canceled out Lorenzeo Pellegrini’s first-half strike. 

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Tammy Abraham netted the decisive goal

Roma will take on Feyenoord in the final at Air Albania Stadium on 25 May. “Before the game started, the fans won us this game,” Abraham told BT Sport. “We could hear them before getting into the stadium and throughout the warm-up. We weren’t even on the pitch and we heard them. The win was for them and my team. Hopefully we can go all the way.” Abraham scored the decisive goal courtesy of a well taken corner kick. The Englishman managed to get away from his marker Ricardo and powerfully headed the ball past the visiting keeper Kasper Schmeichel into the back of the net. 

Abraham is the fox in the box kind of striker

Abraham has now scored 25 goals for Roma this term and 9 of those have come in the Conference League. The 24-year-old has rejuvenated his career since making the move to Italy from Chelsea last summer. “My job is to be active around the box. That’s the kind of striker I am. Whenever I sniff an opportunity I try to take my chance. I’m not the best at heading but today was a pretty good one It was a bit of a surprise, but it doesn’t matter who is marking me, if I sniff a chance I have to go for it” The former Chelseaman was visibly exhausted when he finally made way for Eldor Shomurodov in the 89th minute. “I tried and my team tried. You had to give your all. We left everything out there. In the last couple of minutes I couldn’t breathe. He told me to keep going and we did that.”

It has been an impressive season for Roma  

Overall it has been a pretty good season for the capital side as they are now just one step away from their first ever European glory. On the other hand, in the Serie A, with three games remaining, Jose Mourinho’s side is currently placed fifth in the standings, 10 points adrift of the top four. Roma went on a 12-game unbeaten run in the league, which is their best ever record in the Italian top flight football, before losing to Inter Milan on 23 April.

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