Roma Scrapes Point Against Napoli with Late Abraham Goal

The Derby del Sole unfolded dramatically, as Napoli initially trailed, only to be equalized by Tammy Abraham's late header after Victor Osimhen's penalty.
Roma Scrapes Point Against Napoli with Late Abraham Goal | Serie A

With just five games left in the league, AS Roma, led by Daniele De Rossi, sees hope shimmering at the end of the season tunnel. Yet, the light isn’t a beacon; it’s more of a faint glimmer. Despite holding a three-point lead over sixth-place Lazio, Roma’s European aspirations hang in the balance.

The road ahead is daunting, with clashes against top-tier teams like Napoli, Juventus, and Atalanta, alongside a Europa League semi-final showdown with Bayer Leverkusen. Before they can dream of Champions League glory, Roma has some serious groundwork to cover.

This challenge demands strategy. De Rossi, carefully navigating his team’s lineup, granted rare starts to Azmoun and Kristensen, while Ndicka returned after a recent health scare. Facing Napoli’s relentless press, Roma struggled to find rhythm in the attack. The absence of Lukaku’s imposing presence disrupted their flow, leading to hurried plays and little midfield control.

Spinazzola tried to ignite the offense, but his crosses often missed targets, inviting Napoli’s swift counters. Despite Napoli’s dominance, Roma’s defense held firm, with Ndicka and Bove thwarting numerous threats. Svilar, too, showcased his prowess between the posts.

The second half saw a shift in Roma’s approach. Emulating Napoli’s aggression, they pressed higher, disrupting their opponents’ build-up play. This change yielded results, as Roma forced turnovers and began to assert themselves. However, Napoli remained dangerous, exploiting gaps in Roma’s defense, notably through Osimhen.

A penalty awarded to Roma injected hope, but Napoli swiftly retaliated, leveling the score. De Rossi’s substitutions injected fresh energy, but Napoli’s relentless attacks persisted. Roma’s fate teetered when Sanches conceded a penalty, but Abraham’s late heroics salvaged a point.

Ultimately, Roma’s resilience secured a draw, albeit undeservedly. With European rivals breathing down their necks, Roma’s journey to the top remains fraught with challenges.

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