AS Roma capitalized on Napoli’s two red cards to secure a hard-fought 2-0 victory at the Stadio Olimpico.on Saturday.
Neither side truly shone in the first half, but the game exploded into life after the hour mark. First, in the 66th minute, Napoli’s Matteo Politano saw red for a moment of recklessness, leaving his team short-handed.
Ten minutes later, the Giallorossi made their numerical advantage count. Lorenzo Pellegrini, fed by Stephan El Shaarawy, slotted home coolly to put Roma ahead.
Napoli’s woes deepened further in the 86th minute when Victor Osimhen, already on a yellow, earned a second booking for a foul on El Shaarawy, reducing his team to nine men.
Roma ruthlessly punished their opponents’ indiscipline. Deep into injury time, the imposing Romelu Lukaku put the game to bed with a composed finish, sealing the win and putting Roma above Napoli in the league table.
While the match lacked fluidity in the opening stages, the drama of the second half, coupled with Roma’s composed finishing, made it a memorable encounter. Napoli will rue their lack of discipline and missed opportunities, while Roma can celebrate a hard-fought victory that sees them climb the table.