Controversial penalty denies AS Roma in Europa League
As Roma 24/10/2019 - Europa League / Roma-Borussia Monchengladbach / foto Antonello Sammarco/Image nella foto: proteste

AS Roma were denied victory after a controversial stoppage-time penalty as they drew 1-1 with Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Roma, who are top of Group J, were leading 1-0 thanks to Nicolo Zaniolo’s 32nd minute header from a corner.

However, referee William Collum awarded the Germans a spotkick in injury time when he deemed Chris Smalling had handballed inside the box.

Replays showed the ball had actually hit Smalling’s head but UEFA’s controversial decision to not use the video assistant referee during the Europa League group stage ensured the protests were to no avail.

Substitute Lars Stindl stepped up to convert the 95th minute equaliser, after a lengthy delay due to Roma’s protestation.

AS Roma wrote on Twitter: “#ASRoma’s management spoke to the match officials after the game and they admitted that the decision to award the penalty was a mistake. We respect and thank them for their genuine honesty and now we focus on the next game. #ForzaRoma.”

Elsewhere, Anthony Martial netted a 43rd minute penalty to earn Manchester United a rare 1-0 away victory over Partizan Belgrade.

Nicolas Pepe bagged a late free-kick double as Arsenal came from behind to win 3-2 over Vitoria Guimaraes in London.

Wolverhampton were the other English side in action, also coming from behind to triumph 2-1 away to Slovan Bratislava.

Christopher Jullien scored an 89th minute winner as Celtic edged Lazio 2-1 in Glasgow, while Rangers recorded an impressive 1-1 draw at FC Porto.

PSV Eindhoven were held goalless at home by LASK Linz while Feyenoord went down 2-0 at Young Boys.

Sevilla eased past FC91 Dudelange 3-0, Getafe lost 1-0 at home to FC Basel and Espanyol triumphed 1-0 at Ludogorets.

Ben somerford
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