Roma sack Eusebio Di Francesco after UCL KO

08 March, 2019, 11:45 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
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Porto were awarded penalty late in extra time following a VAR review which Alex Telles converted to give them a 3-1 win on the night in the round of 16, second leg tie and send them through 4-3 on aggregate.

"On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I'd like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment", said club president Jim Pallotta.

But the noise around his future at the club has reached a crescendo after Roma were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 stage at the hands of FC Porto.

The Italians took a 2-1 lead to Portugal, but they were beaten after extra-time.

Roma's coach Eusebio Di Francesco during the game at Porto.

Marega won possession, exchanged passes with Jesus Corona and slipped the ball inside for Tiquinho Soares, a Brazilian journeyman playing at his 14th professional club, to turn in from point-blank range.

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Di Francesco's position at Roma has been under the scanner for several months due to their lacklustre league form this season, where they are fifth in the Serie A standings.

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, a former player at Roma's city rivals Lazio, had expressed the need for patience as his side set about attempting to retrieve a 2-1 deficit.

Domestically, Roma now sit fifth in the Serie A table, three points behind Inter for the final Champions League place. "It's remarkable, because I said last season we'd be in the final if there was VAR against Liverpool, yet here we are again".

Ranieri previously managed Roma between 2009 and 2011 - leading them to a second-place finish in 2010.

Italian media reported that Claudio Ranieri, fired by English Premier League side Fulham last week, was a possible replacement.

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