By default, Roma would have lost the Coppa Italia Round of 16 ties with Spezia tonight, because they made six replacements when only five were allowed. In extra time, the remarkable event occurred, when the score was only 2-2.
In extra time, Spezia went on to win 4-2 and booked their spot against Napoli in the quarter-final. However, when they unbelievably made six substitutions, Roma would have lost by default anyway. While FIFA requires an additional substitute in extra time for competitions where it is scheduled, this was not the case for Coppa Italia.
The rules in the Coppa Italia, which say teams have an additional ‘slot’ to make substitutions in extra time, seem to be confused, but not a sixth substitution.
Informing a team when they make too many substitutions is not the job of the referee or fourth official.
As Gianluca Mancini got a second yellow card and Pau Lopez washed out Roberto Piccoli outside the box, the substitutions were made after Roma received two red cards in 30 seconds for unrelated incidents.
Roma 2-4 Spezia (aet)
Galabinov pen 6 (S), Saponara 15, 119 (S), Pellegrini pen 42 (R), Mkhitaryan 73 (R), Verde 107 (S)
Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante (Fuzato 95), Kumbulla; Peres, Pellegrini, Villar (Veretout 69), Spinazzola (Karsdorp 69); Pedro (Ibanez 95), Mkhitaryan (Carles Perez 85); Borja Mayoral (Dzeko 91)
Spezia: Krapikas; Vignali, Erlic, Ismajli, Ramos (Dell’Orco 68); Deiola (Acampora 80), Leo Sena (Ricci 68), Maggiore; Agudelo (Verde 59), Galabinov (Piccoli 68), Saponara
Sent off: Mancini 93 (R), Pau Lopez 94 (R)