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Video: Rui Patricio has a howler for Roma after Jose Sa dazzles for Wolves

Rui Patricio made headlines for the wrong reasons at the weekend, after he made a howler for AS Roma.

The stopped was in action against 25th appearance of the season in Serie A.

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He has not missed a single minute in the Italian top-flight so far, but his starting berth could now be under threat after the mistake he made against Sassuolo.

Roma were 1-0 up courtesy of a Tammy Abraham penalty.

But then, Sassuolo equalised in extremely soft fashion from a Roma perspective.

A tame cross came in from the left side from Hamed Traore, and the ball just needed gathering.

There was little pressure, and Patricio somehow allowed the goal to squirm under him.

It goes down as a Chris Smalling own goal as the Englishman got a touch on the cross that took it goal-bound. Perhaps that was a reason for Patricio failing to claim the ball. But he still should have done better.

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The game went on to finish 2-2, with Roma’s Champions League hopes dented.

Interestingly, Patricio’s clanger came just hours after Jose Sa had shone for Wolves yet again in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old was in inspired form for Wanderers and played a big part in keeping Tottenham Hotspur at bay in a brilliant 2-0 win.

Of course, Wolves opted to sell Patricio last summer. The club banked around £10 million from the transfer, and then brought in Sa from Olympiacos for just shy of £7 million.

Eyebrows were raised at the time, but Sa has quickly proven to be an upgrade on the veteran.

Contrasting fortunes for Sa and Patricio

It is interesting to see such an awful mistake from Patricio happening shortly after Sa put in another commanding display for Wolves.

It is as though the pair are on two completely different trajectories.

Patricio, by many accounts, has not had a particularly great debut season with Roma. He has come in for quite a bit of criticism on social media over the weekend.

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He turns 34 tomorrow and he is perhaps showing his age.

Wolves might have been nervous at first about replacing him with Sa.

The club didn’t not initially plan to sell Patricio last summer. But it certainly seems like the right decision has been made, especially with Sa flourishing.

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