Lecce demolished the Roma defence in a shock 4-2 victory, as Luis Muriel single-handedly tore them to shreds.
Luis Enrique’s men have had a topsy-turvy campaign, but could still reach the third Champions League berth, while Serse Cosmi was running out of time to save Lecce from relegation.
Francesco Totti, Fabio Borini, Juan, Leandro Greco, Marco Cassetti, Nicolas Burdisso and Bogdan Lobont were all unavailable for this trip. Lecce missed Andrea Esposito and ex-Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio.
Luis Muriel burst past Simon Kjaer, but went a bit too wide and the chance went begging.
Lecce took the lead with a classic move, as Guillermo Giacomazzi threaded through for Muriel to spring the offside trap and waltz round a helpless Maarten Stekelenburg to deposit into the empty net. The Roma defence was caught in a very disorganised manner.
Jose Angel had to rush back to stop Muriel scoring on another counter-attack from Erik Lamela’s free kick. Massimiliano Benassi needed a fine save to deny Bojan’s angled drive.
Lecce doubled their advantage before half-time with an acrobatic David Di Michele volley. The corner ricocheted around and a wayward Miglionico strike was turned into a Giacomazzi assist for Di Michele at full stretch at the back post.
The second half started in similar vein, as Lecce added a third, the second for Muriel. The young talent did it all himself, squirming between two defenders at the by-line to cut in and unleash a rocket that swung past Stekelenburg into the far bottom corner. A magnificent solo effort.
Muriel was single-handedly tearing the Roma defence apart and was tripped by Gabriel Heinze for a penalty that Di Michele converted for the 4-0!
Roma tried to fight back, but Benassi was alert to smother at the feet of Pablo Daniel Osvaldo twice, while Marquinho missed the follow-up.
Bojan did pull one back in the final minutes with a low drive at the base of the near post, but it was scant consolation.
Bizarrely, Roma did more in the last two minutes than in the rest of the match, as Lamela curled a free kick into the near top corner to make it 4-2. It was even nearly 4-3 in stoppages, but Benassi prevented Fernando Gago from getting another.
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