Embattled Roma were left celebrating some much-needed good news with their 4-3 revenge win over visiting Spezia in Serie A.
Lorenzo Pellegrini scored the winner two minutes into stoppage time after Roma’s one-time winger Daniele Verde had equalised in the 90th minute of a remarkable match.
Borja Mayoral scored twice and Rick Karsdorp also found the target for the Giallorossi, who were without captain Edin Dzeko due to an apparent feud with coach Paulo Fonseca.
Roma had been beaten 3-0 by Lazio in last week’s league derby and then lost 4-2 to Spezia in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday.
On Friday, the Cup defeat result was changed to a 3-0 loss by the league judge, due to an illegal sixth substitution that Roma used.
All these recent results have led to speculation that the Portuguese Fonseca is at risk of losing his job.
Roma players celebrated wildly after Pellegrini’s goal, which was the product of work from Leonardo Spinazzola and Bruno Peres, whose chest pass left a clear look for the striker from close range.
Roma strengthened their third-placed position and moved within six points of league leaders AC Milan and only three points behind Inter Milan.