Both sides were reduced to ten men in the second half but Roma managed to get the three points with goals from Vucinic and Burdisso...Two second half goals from Nicolas Burdisso and Mirko Vucinic gave Roma victory but they had captain Francesco Totti sent off, while Lecce also had Ruben Olivera dismissed for an incident in the build up to the second goal.
Lecce started the brighter of both sides and dictated the opening of the game, even striking the crossbar through Daniele Corvia. This though brought the home side to life and they upped their game as Mirko Vucinic and Francesco Totti started to pull the strings for Roma.
It wasn't long before Roma broke through the Lecce defence but they could only strike the woodwork just as their opponents had done early in the game. This time it was Marco Boriello who was the culprit, pouncing on a rebound but could only direct his shot onto the bar.
The visitors were finding it difficult as Roma launched attack after attack especially down the left through Vucinic who himself hit the bar after some lovely interplay by the home side the Montenegrin lifted the ball over the defender but couldn't apply the finish.
Vucinic was causing all the problems for Lecce but they ended the half on a high when Juan was caught dwelling on the ball, he was forced into a hurried backpass to Julio Sergio but Davide Di Michele got the ball first and with the goalkeeper off his line he gave the ball to Corvia who shot but Nicolas Burdisso managed to make a goal line clearence.
After the break Roma increased the tempo and it wasn't long until they made the breakthrough when John Arne Riise's freekick wsas headed in by Burdisso to give Claudio Ranieri's men the lead.
Lecce were now looking for a way back into the match and as the game opened up Roma were exploiting the counter attack and got a second fifteen minutes later through their main attacking threat Vucinic. He was found by Totti and slid the ball into the far corner past Antonio Rosati.
Though the goal sparked some controversy as Totti and Ruben Olivera were both sent off for what seemed to be a trip in the build up to the goal. The Roma captain was furious and had to be escorted off the pitch by his team mates.
Raneiri has found a little breathing space as Roma now sit seventh in Serie A, while Lecce drop to eleventh. But the main reprocussion of the game will be that Totti will be suspended for the Rome Derby next week and Olivera will also be out of Lecce's game against Bologna
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