Last-gasp Roma beat Lecce ahead of Shakhtar clash

Reuters, Saturday 5 Mar 2011

AS Roma needed a last-minute penalty from David Pizarro to win 2-1 at lowly Lecce in Serie A on Friday and boost their confidence ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash.

AS Roma

Roma lost 3-2 at home to the Ukrainians in their last 16 first leg, a defeat that contributed to coach Claudio Ranieri quitting, but new interim boss Vincenzo Montella has now recorded two wins and a draw since taking over.

Guillermo Giacomazzi’s header midway through the second period looked to have salvaged a point for Lecce but Chile’s Pizarro slotted in the spot kick after a foul on Marco Borriello with usual penalty taker Francesco Totti suspended.

The win, in a game switched to Friday from the weekend to give Roma more time to prepare for the Donetsk trip, means the Giallorossi stay sixth whatever happens in Saturday and Sunday’s fixtures while Lecce remain a place above the drop zone.

Roma’s first choice right back Marco Cassetti had to come off in the first half and could be doubtful for Tuesday.

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