Roma 2-0 Salzburg (2-1 agg): Mourinho's men fight back in second leg

Roma 2-0 RB Salzburg (2-1 agg): Jose Mourinho’s men recover from first-leg defeat to book their place in Europa League last 16 as Andrea Belotti and Paulo Dybala complete turnaround

  • Salzburg snatched a late win in the first leg last week thanks to Nicolas Capaldo
  • But Roma fought back in the decider at the Stadio Olimpico to reach the last 16
  • Belotti brought them level on aggregate before Dybala turned home the winner 

Goals by Andrea Belotti and Paulo Dybala earned AS Roma a 2-0 victory at home to FC Salzburg on Thursday in their Europa League playoff second leg as the Italians clinched a spot in the last 16 with a 2-1 aggregate score.

Jose Mourinho’s side, trailing from the first leg after a late header by midfielder Nicolas Capaldo earned Salzburg a 1-0 win in Austria, attacked aggressively from the start in Rome.

They took a deserved lead after 33 minutes of pressure when Leonardo Spinazzola managed to get into the box and sent over a cross that deflected off a Salzburg defender towards Andrea Belotti who sent a low header into the net.

Paulo Dybala turned the tie around and sent the home crowd into raptures when he volleyed home Spinazzola’s cross for the second goal just before the break.

After a first half in which Roma had total domination, the visitors battled to get back into the match but they could not break down the hosts’ defence.

Paulo Dybala netted the winner as Roma recovered to see off Salzburg in the Europa League

Andrea Belotti drew the hosts level on aggregate after their first-leg defeat last Thursday

Jose Mourinho’s side fought back to book their place in the Europa League round of 16

Roma are now unbeaten in their last 14 home games in the knockout stages of major European competitions excluding qualifiers.

The draw for the round of 16 will be held on Friday.

Next up for Mourinho’s men is a trip to Cremonese in Serie A next Tuesday night.

Elsewhere on Thursday, the Portuguese’s former club Manchester United fought back to beat Barcelona 2-1 and secure their place in the last 16.

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