Former Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham became the first English player to score in a Rome derby since Paul Gascoigne as he helped his side AS Roma to secure a win against Lazio in their Serie A encounter. Abraham hooked home the opener inside the first minute after Lorenzo Pellegrini’s in-swinging corner came back off the bar.
Tammy Abraham Becomes Second Englishman to Score in Rome Derby
The Englishman acrobatically volleyed in a close-range second from Rick Karsdorp’s cross before Pellegrini crashed home a superb 25-yard free-kick to make the goals three and seal their victory. The win pushed AS Roma above Lazio into fifth place in Serie A. Jose Mourinho’s side remain eight points adrift of the Champions League places with eight games remaining, while Lazio is a further two points back.
The game was just 56 seconds old when Tammy Abraham became the first Englishman to reach 14 goals in a Serie A season since Gerry Hitchens for Inter Milan 60 years ago. The former Chelsea striker also became only the second English player to net in a Rome derby, following Gascoigne’s strike for Lazio 30-years ago. The player should have equaled the record of Trevor Francis of being the last English player to score a Serie A hat-trick, back in 1983 but fired a great chance wide midway through the second half.