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Roma denied penalty after five-minute VAR check

By Sean Walsh
Jose Mourinho would prefer not to speak
Jose Mourinho would prefer not to speak / Paolo Bruno/GettyImages
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Roma were denied a penalty in their eventual 1-0 win over Torino after a VAR check, which took five minutes and 20 seconds to complete.

A goal from Tammy Abraham is all that separated the sides at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening, with the result ensuring the hosts remained within touching distance of the Serie A top four.

However, it could have been smoother sailing for Jose Mourinho's side. Torino's Alessandro Buongiorno brought down Stephan El Shaarawy in the penalty area just after Abraham's opener, but the England striker, who stepped up to take the spot kick, was left waiting for over five minutes as the decision was verified.

VAR officials had to check whether Abraham was offside in the build-up, and eventually concluded that the forward had gone too early - though it was only his heel that was beyond the last defender.

Mourinho was incensed on the touchline, and after a stuttering start to life back in Italy that has not been without officiating controversies, was delighted to have claimed a vital three points.

“I expected to score a few more goals this evening, even if Torino are strong defensively. I like winning in this way, this victory I enjoy more than a 5-0, because it means you had to make the effort, suffer as a team," Mourinho told DAZN.

“When you are playing against a team that man-marks, you need mobility, so our players had to keep alternating position. Keep doing that, sooner or later they will make a mistake."

Roma are aiming to return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2018/19 season. The Giallorossi are currently competing in the Europa Conference League and while they have secured qualification from the group stage, were embarrassed by Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt, succumbing to a 6-1 thrashing away from home.

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