Roma defeated Bodo/Glimt to advance to the Europa Conference League semi-finals, with Tammy Abraham punching back opposing fans after being hit by a snowball
Tammy Abraham took aim at the Bodo/Glimt fans after his goal helped Roma defeat Norway side.
The Serie A team lost the first leg of the Europa Conference League quarterfinals 2-1 but won back 4-0 at the Stadio Olympico. Abraham scored the opening goal while Nicolo Zainolo scored a hat trick.
the previous Chelsea Striker had been targeted just a week earlier when Bodo/Glimt fans threw a snowball at him as he headed for the tunnel, but he took it easy after Roma’s comeback. He posted on social media: “No snowballs in Rome. Semi-finals, here we come!”
boss Jose Mourinho was also targeted after she landed in Norway last week and refused to meet waiting fans after one shot a snowball in his direction. The Italian side will now face each other leicester City where a place in the final is at stake.
Abraham’s goal was his 24th of the season, equaling a club record set by Rodolfo Volk in 1929/30 when he scored so well in his debut season. Since 2000, only Francesco Totti and Edin Dzeko have surpassed Abraham’s total in a season. The Blues Academy graduate was Mourinho’s permanent signing in the summer.
The Special One took charge at Roma shortly after his Tottenham dismissal. The Italian club are not in contention for the Serie A title but Mourinho can claim his fifth European silverware and continue to add to his incredible trophy tally. He said: “Being in the semi-finals is the most important thing but the way we played from the back with high pressure, intensity and quality from the first minute, we all felt that the game was going to be ours even when it was 2-0 was .
“Even after the first leg, when we lost 2-1, I always had the feeling that we were superior. We’re a stronger team, it’s honestly unacceptable that we only managed to beat them on the fourth try, but it was the most important . It was 2-1 for them, it ended 5-2 for us.”
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Mourinho has urged Abraham to keep improving despite his impressive goal-scoring performance. The striker scored against Lazio in last month’s derby win in Rome but the Special One stopped showering praise on the 24-year-old and instead urged him to get better.
He said: “When you say Abraham is fantastic, I disagree, he can do even more. I ask a lot from him because I know his potential. I’m not talking about goals but he has to play every game with that attitude .” Mourinho claimed he wanted to take Abraham to the next level when he signed him, with Gareth Southgate benefiting ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.
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