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Pizarro Penalty Helps Roma Beat Lecce

AS Roma strengthened their top-six position in Serie A as David Pizarro converted an added-time penalty to seal a 2-1 victory at Lecce.

Roma will attempt to overturn a 3-2 first-leg deficit when they travel to Shakhtar Donetsk for their Champions League round of 16 second leg on Tuesday and the success at the Stadio Via del Mare will have boosted the Giallorossi’s morale.

Mirko Vučinić surged away from the home defence to fire in the 32nd-minute opener for Vincenzo Montella’s charges but parity was restored when Guillermo Giacomazzi  headed in. Lecce appeared set to edge four points clear of the relegation zone with a draw until Gianni Munari handled and Pizarro fired in the late winner from the penalty spot.