Roma 4-0 Lecce: Hosts end losing run as coronavirus fears grip Serie A

Roma 4-0 Lecce: Henrikh Mkhitaryan helps Paulo Fonseca’s side end losing run with emphatic victory over Serie A strugglers as football fixtures in Italy are disrupted by coronavirus outbreak

  • Roma ended a run of three Serie A defeats with a 4-0 win over Lecce on Sunday
  • Former Arsenal star Henrikh Mkhitaryan set up the opener and added the second
  • Cengiz Under, Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov were also on the scoresheet
  • Roma remain fifth in the table after comfortably beating the 16th-placed visitors
  • Only two top-flight matches avoided postponement amid coronavirus concerns

Roma enjoyed their first home league win for more than two months when they hammered Lecce 4-0 in Serie A on Sunday, helped by an inspirational performance from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Paulo Fonseca’s fifth-placed side, suffering from the inconsistency which has dogged them over the last few seasons, had lost their previous three league games.

Lecce had won their last three, but the hosts made surprisingly light work of the 16th-placed visitors, who were unable to extend their three-point gap from the relegation zone.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (left) scored the second goal and was instrumental in Roma beating Lecce

Roma ended a run of four Serie A games without victory by winning 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico

The match was one of only two played in Serie A on Sunday due to the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy. Four others were called off, including third-placed Inter Milan’s game at home to Sampdoria.

‘Mkhitaryan is a great player, he makes the right decisions in the final third of the pitch and gives continuity to our attack,’ said Roma coach Paulo Fonseca.

‘Not conceding goals is really important and that was down to our marking in midfield.’

Coach Paolo Fonseca (left) and goalscorer Edin Dzeko (right) celebrate picking up three points

Some fans donned masks on a day when several fixtures fell foul of fears over the coronavirus

Roma won their second home match in four days following a 1-0 Europa League win over Gent

Mkhitaryan set up the first goal in the 13th minute when he laid off the ball for Cengiz Under to burst through the Rome defence and comfortably beat Mauro Vigorito.

The Armenian scored the second himself when he ran on to Edin Dzeko’s pass and turned a first-time shot under Vigorito eight minutes before halftime.

The third came in the 69th minute from Dzeko who beat Vigorito at the second attempt and saw the offside flag go up before the goal was awarded thanks to a VAR review.

Aleksandar Kolarov completed the scoring as Roma won a league match at the Stadio Olimpico for the first time since December 15.

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