‘Mourinho sends off, Lukaku scores’ Roma beat Monza 1-0
In a chaotic game, AS Roma earns a new win.
Roma defeated Monza 1-0 in the ninth round of the 2023-2024 Italian Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy, on Sunday (Aug. 22). Roma moves up to sixth place in the league with 14 points, while Monza drops to ninth place with 12 points.
Roma had a difficult game. They had the numerical advantage in the first half when center back Danilo D’Ambrosio was sent off in the 41st minute for accumulating cautions, but they missed a number of crucial chances in the second half that threatened Monza. They were unlucky in the first half, with goalkeeper Michele DiGregorio making a tremendous save and Romelu Lukaku and Sardar Azmoun hitting the post in the second.
In the ninth minute of second-half stoppage time, Mourinho was sent off. Mourinho was shown a straight red card by the referee after he continued to protest the call. Mourinho sat on the bench and walked off the field without looking back in disbelief.
Nevertheless, Roma won the game with a theatrical goal in the 45th minute. Nikola Zalewski’s ball into the penalty box bounced around several Roma attackers before finally finding Stephan El Shaarawy, who calmly volleyed the ball into the back of the net with his right foot. It was a powerful shot that even DiGregorio, who made several good saves, couldn’t stop.
Roma had a crucial counterattack opportunity in the 11th minute of second-half stoppage time after Monza failed to clear a corner, but Lukaku took too much time and was denied the ball by the opposition defense.
After the game, Mourinho said, “There was no reason for Monza to lose that game. Obviously, I’m very happy with the result, but I felt my team was struggling throughout the game. We made a lot of technical mistakes and we were 사설토토 physically depleted from playing for the national team,” Mourinho said, acknowledging that Roma were lucky.
As for his own exit, he said, “I made some gestures, but I didn’t say anything offensive. It was because some talented but inexperienced players said insulting things to us last season. In this match, Monza was the only one on the touchline trying to pressure the referee,” he said.