AS Roma, trailing until the 77th minute of play, defeated Cremonese 2 to 1 in the round of 16 of the Italian Cup on Wednesday and will meet its great rival, Italy, in the quarter-finals in a week. Lazio.
For the second year in a row, Cremonese almost made Roma bite the dust in the “Coppa Italia”. Last season, the 2nd division club eliminated the Romans in the quarter-finals (2-1). This Wednesday, he manhandled them for more than an hour.
In the 37th minute, while Roma dominated the proceedings, Italian striker Frank Tsadjout surprised the Roman defense and beat Mile Svilar's exit to open the scoring.
Under the leadership of Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala, who entered at the break, Jose Mourinho's team hit the Cremonese posts twice (27th and 55th), before equalizing thanks to the Belgian international ( 77th). Dybala then gave his team victory from the penalty spot (85th) after a foul in the area on Leonardo Spinazzola.
Left behind in the championship (7th, 17 points behind Inter), Roma will meet Lazio at the Olympic Stadium next Wednesday in the quarter-finals.
Before the last match of the round of 16 between Juventus and Salernitana on Thursday, the horizon has already cleared considerably.
At the end of December, Inter Milan, double title holder and leader of the Italian Championship, and Naples, reigning Italian champion, were eliminated as soon as they entered the competition in front of their public respectively by Bologna (2-1 ap.) and Frosinone (4-0).