Jose Mourinho’s furious reaction as Roma star sent off in remarkable circumstances

Jose Mourinho asks for time as he is unveiled as Roma manager

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Jose Mourinho was left fuming after young Roma forward Felix Afena-Gyan was sent off during injury time in their 2-0 victory against Spezia – seconds after he thought he had scored a third. The pressure has been mounting on Mourinho in the Italian capital following a poor run of form which had seen his side lose three of their last five Serie A games. 

But some of that was eased with the comfortable win over Spezia, in which former Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling opened the scoring after six minutes before Roger Ibanez sealed the points in the second-half.

Mourinho, however, was left incensed after 18-year-old Afena-Gyan raced through in the dying moments before slamming the ball into the roof of the net.

The Ghanaian wheeled away in celebration, but his joy soon turned to dismay as the referee disallowed the goal and sent the player off with a second yellow card after judging that he had handled the ball deliberately in the build-up.

In typical Mourinho fashion, the ex-Tottenham and United boss was livid on the touchline, and gestured furiously after the decision had been made.

The Portuguese legend did not comment on it after full-time, but did lay into his team despite their win.

“I like the result, not the game,” he said. “It was not a difficult match, starting from the first half, we gave away and lost a lot of easy balls.

“We never had good ball circulation. At that moment it was not difficult to play against Spezia. After the 2-0, I also liked the effort of Ibanez, who remained on the pitch with some difficulties.

“I had a feeling the game wasn’t over. After Smalling came off, everything changes, because [Bryan] Cristante took his place. The team let the opponent enter the match.”

Roma are now sixth in the table, but languishing eight points behind the Champions League qualification spots.

There have been some claims that Mourinho could be set for yet another early exit from a club amid the recent slump in performances.

But the 58-year-old is only focusing on his future with Roma, saying ahead of Monday’s match: “The thing I want to make clear for the 100th time is this: Obviously I would really like to be fighting for different targets, but I am really pleased to be here.

I want to make that very clear. I am very happy to be at Roma, to be leading a very different project to the others I have had in my career. I am very, very happy. 

“And there is no doubt that I am giving everything I have to this battle. I am really happy here.”

Roma are next in action on Saturday when they take on high-flying Atalanta, who are third in the table.

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