EMPOLI 1-2 ROMA: Tammy Abraham’s second-half winner fires Jose Mourinho’s side to victory

Empoli 1-2 Roma: Tammy Abraham’s second-half winner lifts Jose Mourinho’s side up to fifth in Serie A… after Paulo Dybala’s AMAZING opener

  • Tammy Abraham scored a 71st-minute winner to return Roma to winning ways
  • Jose Mourinho’s side have climbed to fifth in Serie A – a point behind top-placed Napoli
  • Paulo Dybala scored a screamer before setting up Abraham in the second half

Paulo Dybala scored one and created another as Roma returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Empoli in an action-packed Serie A match on Monday.

Both teams hit the woodwork a number of times, with Roma missing a penalty and an Empoli player being sent off late on.

Roma moved up to fifth place, one point behind the top three of Napoli, Atalanta and AC Milan.

EMPOLI 1-2 ROMA: Tammy Abraham’s second-half winner fires Jose Mourinho’s side to victory

Striker Tammy Abraham scored Roma’s winner as the Italian side finished fifth in Serie A

Paulo Dybala scored the first for Jose Mourinho's side before setting up Abraham's winner

Paulo Dybala scored the first for Jose Mourinho’s side before setting up Abraham’s winner

Jose Mourinho’s side were looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats: 4-0 at Udinese last weekend and 2-1 at Ludogorets in the Europa League.

It almost got off to the best possible start, but Dybala’s effort came off the right post.

He took the lead 10 minutes later when Empoli failed to clear a cross and it was out to Dybala on the edge of the area who fired a powerful shot into the top left corner.

Empoli almost equalized but Martin Satriano’s header went wide of the left post.

The Portuguese manager bounced back after Roma's 4-0 defeat by Udinese last weekend

The Portuguese manager bounced back after Roma’s 4-0 defeat by Udinese last weekend

However, the hosts went into half-time level as Petar Stojanovic’s cross weaved through a crowd of bodies for Filippo Badinelli to head into the bottom right-hand corner two minutes before the break.

Roma restored their lead when Dybala latched onto a cross from the right and Tammy Abraham volleyed home at the back post.

Roma should have doubled their advantage 10 minutes from time, but Lorenzo Pellegrini struck the crossbar after Liberato Cacace was penalized for bringing down Roger Ibanez just inside the area.

Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro hit the post for Empoli, but their chances of grabbing something from the game were cut short three minutes from time when the same player was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Chris Smalling.

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