Roma sack Eusebio di Francesco after Porto and Lazio defeats

Roma sack Eusebio di Francesco after Porto and Lazio defeats

Roma president James Pallotta claimed his side were "robbed" by VAR in their Champions League defeat to Porto, adding "I'm exhausted of this c**p".

Alex Telles emphatically converted the spot kick to give Porto a 4-3 aggregate win and heap further pressure on Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, who Italian media said before the match was fighting to keep his job.

Di Francesco's position at Roma has been under the scanner for several months due to their lacklustre league form this season, where they are fifth in the Serie A standings.

"The club would like to thank Eusebio for his work during his time at AS Roma and wish him success in the future".

Domestically, Roma now sit fifth in the Serie A table, three points behind Inter for the final Champions League place.

The veteran Italian boss - who won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016 - was sacked by Fulham last week, with the club appearing destined for the drop.

In his first season he led Roma to third in the league and to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where en route they completed one of the greatest European comebacks ever when they beat Barcelona 3-0 in Rome, having lost the first leg at the Camp Nou 4-1. "It's true that there was a moment of tension, caused by the great disappointment we all experienced".

The Serie A outfit came into the encounter leading 2-1 and they almost fell behind inside the opening five minutes when Alex Telles volleyed over the crossbar, before the Porto attacker hit the side-netting 10 minutes later.

Shortly afterwards, AS Roma forward Patrik Schick went down under a challenge from Moussa Marega in the FC Porto area. I'm exhausted of this c**p.

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