Aiming at England, Abraham ends Serie A goal drought

Hoping to make England’s World Cup squad, Roma striker Tammy Abraham scored his first Serie A goal since September in a 1-1 draw with Sassuolo on Wednesday. Abraham jumped between three defenders to head a Gianluca Mancini cross in the 80th minute, but Andrea Pinamonti equalized for Sassuolo with a quick counterattack five minutes later. It was another disappointing result for Roma, who were beaten by Lazio in the Roma derby three days earlier. Abraham, who scored 27 goals in all competitions last season in a standout performance coming to Roma after falling out of favor at Chelsea, has struggled to find the target this season. He scored one goal in Serie A in August, one in September, and his only other goal for Roma this season was in the Europa League on 27 October. said Jose Mourinho. “He played a good game.”

Paulo Dybala, another Roma player hoping to go to the World Cup – with Argentina – is still out with a left thigh injury. There has been speculation that Dybala could return for Roma’s final match ahead of the World Cup against Torino on Sunday. But Mourinho did not say whether Dybala would play or not. “I don’t know,” said Mourinho. “I know he is in contact with (Argentine federation) and (coach Lionel) Scaloni. We would love to have him against Torino, but the players going to the World Cup will have their focus more there than here in the final round of games.”

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