Serie A Highlights: Roma 1-0 Torino

Watch as Tammy Abraham gives Roma the points on a Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist, while there was VAR drama and an injury for Torino.

The Giallorossi decided to sit back and go on the counter, which worked wonders when Mkhitaryan threaded through for Abraham to turn and strike, aided by a Nicolò Zaniolo run to drag defenders away.

Serie A | Roma 1-0 Torino: Abraham breaks toothless Toro

Roma were also awarded a penalty for Alessandro Buongiorno’s mistimed tackle on Stephan El Shaarawy, but after more than five minutes, VAR announced Abraham was offside in the build-up.

There were saves on Abraham and Josip Brekalo, but Andrea Belotti went off with a suspected hamstring strain.

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Juric: ‘Torino have to ask ourselves questions’

Torino dominated possession and chances, but suffered a fourth consecutive away defeat to Roma. ‘We’ve got to ask ourselves some questions,’ said Ivan Juric.

The Granata are an all-or-nothing team, as they’ve won three on the bounce at home, but their away record is dismal.

“To be honest, when we have a run of results like that, we’ve got to ask ourselves some questions,” the coach told DAZN.

Serie A | Roma 1-0 Torino: Abraham breaks toothless Toro

“We had three scoring opportunities and dominated the first half-hour, then Roma scored at their first chance. We did well for long periods, but didn’t have any goals to show for it.

“We held out well against Nicolò Zaniolo and Tammy Abraham on the counter-attack, but the fact is we made too many mistakes upfront, especially with Dennis Praet and Tommaso Pobega opportunities.”

Juric was asked why Torino are so completely different at home and on their travels.

“The situation when I arrived here was dismal. We have found a style of football, but that’s not enough to really grow and progress. I think we’ll get there, gradually. Our objective is to lay the foundations for that future and do better than last season.

“It’s a disappointing result, because the lads are showing a change of mentality and deserved better this evening. We have to analyse why we keep not winning when we play so well.”

To make matters worse for Torino, Belotti was carried off with a suspected hamstring strain.

“I think he got a really bad one. We’ll see tomorrow with the tests, but it’s not looking good.”

Mourinho: ‘I prefer this win to 5-0 for Roma’

Jose Mourinho confirms Lorenzo Pellegrini will be out ‘for a few weeks,’ while the coach insists he enjoys the 1-0 win over Torino ‘more than a 5-0, because it means you had to suffer as a team.’

The Giallorossi scraped a victory at the Stadio Olimpico thanks to the Tammy Abraham strike, but the hosts had only 32 per cent possession on home turf.

They sat back so much that it must’ve been a planned approach to wait and hit Toro on the counter-attack.

Serie A | Roma 1-0 Torino: Abraham breaks toothless Toro

“It was a plan to sit a bit deeper, yes. Their centre-backs spread out and it’s not easy to press them with two strikers, so we had to show patience,” Mourinho told DAZN.

“I expected to score a few more goals this evening, even if Torino are strong defensively. I like winning in this way, this victory I enjoy more than a 5-0, because it means you had to make the effort, suffer as a team.

“When you are playing against a team that man-marks, you need mobility, so our players had to keep alternating position. Keep doing that, sooner or later they will make a mistake.

“The important thing is to defend well, then the goals will arrive eventually. I like this type of victory. We dominated and controlled Genoa and Zorya, but this was a different match.”

There was bad news, as Pellegrini limped off with a muscular issue just 15 minutes into the match.

“Unfortunately, Pellegrini will be out for a few weeks.”

Abraham seems to gel really well with his teammate Nicolò Zaniolo and Mourinho explains why.

“It started off the field. There’s a group of young players who always hang around together, plus it’s good for Nicolò to learn English!”

Abraham: ‘I wanted to show Roma fans I wasn’t nervous’

Tammy Abraham said Roma ‘made me feel like family’ and revealed what he was thinking while waiting over five minutes for a VAR decision against Torino.

Abraham scored the only goal of the game, making the most of a Henrikh Mkhitaryan assist to turn into the far bottom corner at the Stadio Olimpico.

He also found the net twice on Thursday in the Europa Conference League win over Zorya.

Serie A | Roma 1-0 Torino: Abraham breaks toothless Toro

“Like I said since I got here, I love this club, they made me feel like family. There’s no better feeling than scoring here in front of your fans and winning the game,” Abraham told DAZN.

There was a bizarre moment in the first half when Roma were awarded a penalty for Alessandro Buongiorno’s foul on Stephan El Shaarawy, but after waiting on the spot for over five minutes, Abraham was eventually told that his offside in the build-up ruined the chance.

As time dragged on, the England international started juggling with the ball on the penalty spot.

“When you’re about to take a penalty and it takes so long, it’s about staying focused and not losing your cool. So I started doing a few tricks for the fans to show them I wasn’t nervous.”

Abraham again was spotted singing along to the Roma anthem before kick-off, so was asked if he could say a few words in Italian.

“Give me three months and my next interview will be in Italian!”

Serie A | Roma 1-0 Torino: Abraham breaks toothless Toro

Tammy Abraham’s goal against the run of play allowed Roma to take three points, while there was VAR drama around a penalty, but Torino dominated possession and lost Andrea Belotti to injury.

The Giallorossi were still without Bryan Cristante and Gonzalo Villar due to COVID, with Leonardo Spinazzola injured and Matias Vina not at 100 per cent, but also Jordan Veretout suspended. Lorenzo Pellegrini therefore moved to midfield, while Toro missed Cristian Ansaldi, Simone Verdi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Rolando Mandragora and Simone Edera.

Dennis Praet tested Rui Patricio from distance, but Pellegrini limped off with a thigh problem after just 15 minutes.

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Praet’s diving header on a Wilfried Singo cross was straight at the goalkeeper, while Tommaso Pobega blasted over from the edge of the box and Torino dominated possession early doors.

Rui Patricio and Tammy Abraham combined to block Alessandro Buongiorno from six yards on a corner.

Despite barely having any possession or chances, Roma broke the deadlock out of nowhere, Abraham gathering Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s through ball and turning quickly to pass it into the far bottom corner with the inside of the right boot from just inside the box.

Moments later, Buongiorno mistimed his tackle and brought down Stephan El Shaarawy in the box for a clear penalty. However, it took over five minutes for VAR to check a potential issue in the build-up, with players waiting on the spot and increasingly frustrated, before news came through that Abraham was offside.

Vanja Milinkovic-Savic’s first save was on the stroke of half-time, fingertipping an Abraham header over from a corner.

Torino resumed dominating possession and taking the initiative, Bremer’s shot charged down in the box and Brekalo tested Rui Patricio from distance.

The goalkeeper rushed off his line to block Praet on a through ball, but Toro saw Belotti pull up mid-run with a suspected hamstring strain and he had to be carried off the pitch.

Nicolò Zaniolo fired over from a tricky angle when sent through by El Shaarawy, but Roma largely held on for all three points despite having 32 per cent of possession on home turf. Vanja Milinkovic-Savic even went up for a late free kick.

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Belotti limps off with suspected hamstring strain for Torino

Andrea Belotti could be out until the New Year, as the Torino striker pulled up with a suspected hamstring strain during the match with Roma.

Il Gallo was running to chase down a loose ball when he suddenly stopped, screaming in pain and clutching the back of his right thigh.

It immediately seemed to be a hamstring strain and he was carried off the pitch by two members of the Granata medical staff.

It’s another setback for Belotti, who will turn 28 next month and is in the middle of a contract dispute with Torino.

He has not yet signed a new deal and his current contract is set to expire at the end of this season.

Belotti has been beset by injury problems this season, including an ankle sprain in September that kept him out of five club games, plus Italy’s World Cup qualifiers.

A hamstring strain of this type usually requires at least a month out of action.

VAR takes over five minutes to check Roma offside

VAR set a new record in Serie A with five minutes and 20 seconds to check Tammy Abraham’s offside in the build-up to a Roma penalty against Torino.

There were no arguments when Alessandro Buongiorno brought down Stephan El Shaarawy with a mistimed tackle in the box at the Stadio Olimpico.

However, as Abraham stepped up to take the penalty, he was left standing there for over five minutes.

The Video Assistant Referee was checking for a potential offside in the build-up and it took an astonishingly long time to come to the conclusion that Abraham’s heel was jutting out from the computer-drawn lines.

During the wait, England international Abraham resorted to juggling with the ball just as a warm-up exercise to keep himself in the game.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho was increasingly frustrated on the touchline, asking what was taking so long.

The ‘clear and obvious error’ issue does not apply to offside rulings, because they are objective, so there is only one correct interpretation.

Pellegrini injured in Roma vs. Torino: latest updates

Lorenzo Pellegrini was subbed off injured after just 15 minutes in Roma-Torino with a suspected quadriceps injury.

Carles Perez replaced the Italy international who suffered a muscle injury in the opening minutes of the Giallorossi’s Serie A clash against Torino.

Pellegrini had started in Roma’s midfield, but his game didn’t last long.

According to DAZN, Pellegrini has suffered an injury at the quadriceps of his right thigh.

Pellegrini, 25, has scored eight goals and delivered three assists in 17 appearances across all competitions this season, but has also been struggling with injuries.

Earlier this month, he pulled out of the Italy squad for a slight muscle problem and he has missed three games because of physical issues this season.

Pellegrini’s injury worsens Roma’s situation in the middle of the pitch, given that Gonzalo Villar and Bryan Cristante are positive for COVID while Jordan Veretout is serving a one-match ban against Torino.

The Frenchman will return to action on Tuesday when the Giallorossi visit Bologna at the Stadio Dall’Ara.

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Serie A LIVE: Roma vs. Torino

Roma bring Lorenzo Pellegrini back into midfield, with Tammy Abraham and Nicolò Zaniolo upfront against Andrea Belotti’s Torino.

It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome at 17.00 GMT.

You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s five Serie A games on the LIVEBLOG.

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The Giallorossi are stretched thin at the moment between Serie A and the Europa Conference League, as Bryan Cristante and Gonzalo Villar are still self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

Jordan Veretout is also suspended, with Leonardo Spinazzola injured and Matias Vina not at 100 per cent.

Pellegrini therefore returns and is pushed into a deeper midfield role, with Jose Mourinho still backing the three-man defence.

Torino have won their last three home games and lost three in a row on their travels.

They are without Cristian Ansaldi, Simone Verdi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Rolando Mandragora and Simone Edera.

Belotti leads the attack with support from Dennis Praet and Josip Brekalo.

Roma: Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Ibanez; Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Diawara, Mkhitaryan, El Shaarawy; Abraham, Zaniolo

Torino: Milinkovic-Savic; Djidji, Bremer, Buongiorno; Singo, Lukic, Pobega, Vojvoda; Praet, Brekalo; Belotti

Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli, Roma under transfer investigation too?

According to the Corriere dello Sport, Juventus are only one of the many clubs under investigation for inflated transfer values, including Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Genoa and Sampdoria.

The investigation into Juve is formal, with the club’s offices in Turin and Milan raided on Friday and Saturday, but this could just be the beginning for Italian and European football.

It is part of a wider investigation into transfer values and the so-called plusvalenze – capital gains – especially when it comes to player exchanges.

Because the market dictates what a player is worth, two clubs can agree to a set fee, even if it is extremely inflated, allowing both of them to balance their books by trading assets seemingly worth huge sums.

Most often, it is seen with youth team players who are traded as part of a larger transfer and given vastly inflated prices.

According to the Corriere dello Sport, there are several clubs involved in the first stage of the investigation, which began secretly in the autumn of 2020.

They include Napoli, Roma, Atalanta, Genoa and Sampdoria.

Napoli are already being looked at in France for their deal with LOSC for Victor Osimhen, which was one of the clearest examples of the technique used.

Officially, that transfer was worth over €80m, but that included €20m worth of player exchanges.

The four players in question, goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three youth team products, didn’t really play for Lille and were released from their contracts after loans to Serie C sides.

It is also reported the FIGC requested the opportunity to share information with the financial authorities as part of their own investigation into plusvalenze in football.

Because this type of creative accounting requires two clubs to agree on the valuation of a player, it stands to reason that only the practice is widespread.

Andrea Agnelli