Conor Clancy Date: 23rd January 2021 at 5:08pm
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A valiant fell just short at the Stadio Olimpico, with coming just about coming out on top with a 4-3 win, courtesy of a stoppage-time winner.

Borja Mayoral was integral for the hosts in ’s absence, while Pedro and were also out, but it was a last-gasp strike from Lorenzo Pellegrini that sealed the three points.

Following the Coppa Italia humiliation in midweek, the Giallorossi were determined to make amends and got started early through Mayoral. put Pellegrini through on the left and, after he centred, the Spaniard finished off for the opener.

But less than ten minutes later the Aquilotti took advantage of yet another mess in ’s backline. found space, Pau Lopez could only half-save his centred pass, and Roberto Piccoli was on hand to tap in.

Paulo Fonseca’s side got back in front after the break with the first of three goals in a seven-minute window. Mayoral was responsible for restoring their lead before Rick Karsdorp grabbed his first of the season after Spinazzola teed him up with a near-open goal.

Never a side to admit defeat prematurely though, ’s side fought back. Farias reduced the deficit before the hour mark had passed, but there was still more drama to come.

Substitute and academy graduate Daniele Verde levelled in the last 30 seconds of the 90 minutes, capitalising on a error. Less than two minutes later, though, Bruno Peres set up Pellegrini to win it.