Roma coach Spalletti: Sporting Lisbon ran us close

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti admitted his team were fortunate to draw 2-2 with Sporting Lisbon last night.

Marco Cassetti's screamer had given the Giallorossi an early lead, but two defensive howlers granted Liedson a brace and in the final minute David Pizarro's deflected strike sealed the result.

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"After the goal the team seemed to remain in the match and with an attacking approach looking for the second," said Spalletti.

"Sometimes we do get a bit soft on the ball and lose possession in foolish fashion. I hope that is not part of the character of the squad, as that would certainly be damaging for the future of this team.

"It is in our characteristics to make a few silly mistakes each time and Sporting are very good from the midfield up, sometimes pinning us into our own area, but we had not come here looking for a draw."

He added: "Considering the dangers of this match, we played well. After taking the lead we had several chances to double our advantage, were unable to do so and made a few silly mistakes we always tend to do. Sporting made the most of them, but they didn't really dominate us for long periods at all.

"The team continued to believe in the result and pushed forward with real determination. Granted, we had some luck at the end, but it was the right prize for Roma's attitude."

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