9-man AS Roma share spoils with Fiorentina in heated Serie A clash

Roma and Fiorentina shared the spoils in the Serie A. (Photo Credit: Roma and Fiorentina/X)

9-man AS Roma share spoils with Fiorentina in heated Serie A clash

Izuchukwu Akawor 23:12 - 10.12.2023

Jose Mourinho's AS Roma finished the game with nine men following two red cards against Fiorentina.

AS Roma held Fiorentina to a hard-fought draw despite playing with nine men in a heated Serie A encounter at the Stadio Olimpico. 

Romelu Lukaku netted for Jose Mourinho’s men but Lucas Martinez Quarta’s equaliser in the second 45 ensured both teams shared the points on Sunday night. 

Roma vs Fiorentina

Jose Mourinho’s men were looking to build on the late victory that saw them past Sassuolo last weekend.

The Giallorossi started positively when Lukaku headed home to give them the lead in the first half. 

Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal with his Roma teammates.
Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal with his Roma teammates. (Photo Credit: Roma/X)

Despite a great response from the Violas, Roma’s night suffered a setback when Paulo Dybala was forced off due to an injury in the 20th minute. 

Goalkeeper, Rui Patricio ensured Roma held to the narrow lead at the break.

Red Card Changes the Game

After the break, the match took an unexpected turn for Roma as they found themselves down to 1o men when Nicola Zalewski was sent off in the 64th minute. 

Fiorentina made the numerical superiority count two minutes later as Quarta headed in the decisive equaliser. 

Lukaku went from hero to zero.
Lukaku went from hero to zero. (Photo Credit: Roma/X)

With three minutes left to play, Roma were further reduced to nine men as Lukaku went from hero to villain as he was sent off. 

Roma’s performance, despite the red cards and losing Dybala to injury, shows the fighting spirit in the Giallorossi. 

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Fans of the club will undoubtedly celebrate this hard-fought draw which keeps Mourinho and his boys in the top four in the Serie A, while the Viola sit seventh.