Lecce Vs. AS Roma: 1-2 Full Time, Giallorossi Steal Three Points

The first half between Roma and Lecce was almost as dull as it possibly could have been, other than Mirko Vucinic's great goal, but the second half of their game was an entirely different story. With Lecce showing more ambition and Roma getting desperate at the end, the second half produced two goals and more open play, eventually resulting in a 2-1 Roma victory. 

The first half got off to a decent start, with Roma applying a bit of pressure for the first five minutes. This culminated in their best chance of the entire half, when Marco Borriello hit a shot just wide of the far post after making an excellent turn with his back to goal from the center of the penalty area.

Around the 55th minute the tide began to turn, and Roma suddenly looked less in control. Ruben Olivera almost equalized in the 57th minute when he hit a stunning half volley that only missed going in at the upper 90 by less than six inches. Less than a minute later, Doni was forced into a great sprawling save on a Daniele Corvia header. Suddenly, Lecce were looking ambitious and taking the game to Roma. As the minutes went on, it was easy to wait for Roma to turn it on, but it never came. For a sustained period, Lecce were the much better team.

On the 65th minute, Corvia narrowly missed the target again, blasting a shot just wide. After that chance, it felt like the energy in the stadium changed. The fans felt that their club could get the equalizer...and so did Roma. It was an incredible "oh no, we're actually in trouble" moment.

The equalizer would come in the 75th minute. Guillermo Giacomazzi scored it in brilliant fashion, and it was no more than Lecce deserved. Gianni Munari picked up the assist with his ball in the box, but most of the credit belongs to Giacomazzi, who hit a brilliant looping header from the center of the box into the back of the next that Doni had no chance of saving.

However, Lecce's joy would be short lived. Instead of playing the football that got them the equalizer and had them out-playing Roma for at least 20 minutes, Lecce bunkered in and decided to attempt to preserve the point. Their tactical decision came back to haunt them in the 88th minute when Munari, the man who assisted the equalizer, was called for a handball in the box. David Pizarro stepped up and converted, giving the lead back to Roma in the 90th minute. They would hold on to the 2-1 victory, stealing a much needed three points for the Giallorossi.

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