Incredible, double defeat for Roma: on the field and for making six changes!

Spezia eliminated the Giallorossi from the Italian Cup winning 4-2, but Fonseca's team would have lost anyway for breaking the rules.


Roma does not lift its head. After the humiliating defeat in the derby last Friday, the Giallorossi were eliminated in the last 16 of the Italian Cup against Spezia, who triumphed 4-2 in extra time, after 90 very intense minutes. The Romanist disaster is twofold, because the blow will also come due to an improper alignment, and it is the second time this year (it already happened on the first day of Serie A, against Verona.

Fonseca, after the red card to Mancini and Pau López in the first part of extra time, made two changes, removing goalkeeper Fuzato and Ibáñez from the bench, and came to add six. The only one to say that something was wrong was Pellegrini, but they ignored him. The Roman managers misinterpreted the regulation: in case of extension, in fact, another interruption for substitutions is allowed, but only if during the 90 minutes five were not used. Incredible.

The game promised a show right from the start, with a chance for Borja Mayoral and a penalty for the visitors, due to a foul by Cristante on Maggiore, made by Galabinov. The Italian team, in the 15th minute, even made it 0-2, thanks to a bad pass from Kumbulla that Saponara took advantage of with a right hand.

From then on, the inhabitants of the capital lived their best moment, making merits to overcome. Pellegrini, before the break, forced and took the 1-2 penalty, and in the second half, after having wasted several times, a soft Vaseline from Mkhitaryan was worth the tie.

Giallorosso's mistake, there, was not completing the comeback. He had it very close, in 86 ', with Borja Mayoral, who again had no aim after a mistake by Vignali. The extension was reached, then, which for Fonseca's was disastrous from the beginning. In just two minutes, the Romanists were left with nine players on the pitch: Mancini were sent off for a double yellow, and goalkeeper Pau López, who knocked Piccoli down in a bad start. There was the mess of the changes, which made everything that happened later useless.

Rome held out until they could, although between exhaustion and double outnumbered, their defeat seemed only a matter of time. In 102 'just Daniele Verde, former Valladolid grown up in the giallorossa quarry, made with a header on 2-3, and in 119' another wonderful Vaseline, this time from Saponara, closed the poker. A historic triumph for Spezia, who will win the quarter-finals at Maradona against Napoli, which they have already beaten in Serie A. Roma, meanwhile, are experiencing the darkest moment in recent months.

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