Roma saw the good and the bad of Zemanlandia at Marassi, as they fought back from 2-0 down to beat Genoa 4-2!
Zdenek Zeman welcomed Daniele De Rossi and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo back to the starting XI after he dropped them against Atalanta, as both responded by scoring on international duty. Mattia Destro, Nicolas Burdisso, Bogdan Lobont and Dodo were sidelined, while Panagiotis Tachtsidis was again picked ahead of Miralem Pjanic.
Genoa missed Marco Rossi, Damiano Ferronetti, Juan Manuel Vargas and Anselmo. Marco Borriello shook off a knock to face his former teammates, but Under-21 international Ciro Immobile was only fit for the bench after a bout of flu, so Cristobal Jorquera started instead.
The Giallorossi had lost their last four visits to Marassi, so were prepared for another upset. It only took six minutes for Genoa to take the lead, as Borriello flicked to the edge of the box where Juraj Kucka was given time and space to thump a right-foot strike into the far top corner.
Roma pushed forward, but their terrible defensive record proved costly again. Bosko Jankovic’s acrobatic volley came off the crossbar, but the defenders were caught ball-watching as Kucka put it back in for Jankovic who this time got his finish on target.
Borriello went round Marquinhos to force a tough save out of Maarten Stekelenburg with his shin at the near post.
A splendid Alessandro Florenzi volley skimmed the crossbar by a matter of inches just before Roma got one back. Francesco Totti controlled well and nutmegged Cesare Bovo with an angled drive into the far bottom corner.
That goal was Totti’s 217th in Serie A, putting him lone third in the all-time charts behind Silvio Piola and Gunnar Nordahl.
That woke them up and the visitors were now pouring forward with Erik Lamela’s deflected header on to the roof of the net amid a series of corners. It was all Roma and Lamela forced Sebastien Frey to parry with his feet after dribbling through the defence.
Jorquera broke the siege with a screamer from distance that Stekelenburg palmed round the post with one hand. Osvaldo’s looping header sailed past the upright with Lamela unable to get the final touch.
Roma completed the comeback before half-time with Totti threading through for Ivan Piris, who stood up a cross for Osvaldo’s scorching right-foot volley from 10 yards.
Zeman’s men kept the initiative after the restart and managed to go 3-2 in front with Osvaldo’s second of the game. A Florenzi corner was whipped into the six-yard box for Osvaldo’s glancing header in at the near post, his sixth goal in four Serie A games.
It was still wide open and Lamela’s first touch let him down on an inspired Totti pass, allowing Frey to smother at his feet. Bad news for Genoa, as Borriello sprained his ankle on 76 minutes after all three Genoa substitutions had been completed and was stretchered off.
Lamela made the most of the extra space to extend Roma’s advantage against 10-man Genoa. Michele Canini intercepted a through ball, but Lamela pounced on the ricochet and curled a daisy-cutter into the bottom corner.
Osvaldo wasted the chance for a fifth by firing over rather than passing to Totti. Genoa did not give in either and Immobile's deflected shot was well gathered.