Stephan El Shaarawy had given Roma the lead, but Daniele De Rossi threw it away with his red card and penalty for a 1-1 draw at Genoa.
The Giallorossi were seeking a 13th consecutive Serie A away victory and a seventh on the trot this term. The Grifone were revitalised under new Coach Davide Ballardini, who won his debut at Crotone, but were still looking for their first home win of the season. Andriy Galabinov was injured and Gianluca Lapadula not fully fit, so Goran Pandev started as a False 9.
Roma had won their last six meetings with Genoa, home and away. Their last stalemate was 1-1 at the Olimpico in January 1994, followed by 17 victories and seven Grifone success stories in all competition.
Aleksandar Kolarov’s corner flashed across the face of goal with nobody able to get the last touch, while Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko saw shots charged down in the same move.
El Shaarawy had penalty appeals for a volley charged down by Diego Laxalt, but the Uruguayan had his arms behind his back.
A late Federico Fazio tackle on Laxalt sparked a scuffle on the stroke of half-time, as Roma were increasingly frustrated.
Alisson smothered a Goran Pandev half-volley on the turn, while Taarabt went clear on the counter only to be robbed by a sensational last-gasp Juan Jesus tackle in the box.
The deadlock was finally broken when an Alessandro Florenzi cross was whipped in from the right and El Shaarawy did well to keep his volley very low into the far bottom corner from 10 yards.
Mattia Perin beat away a ferocious Kolarov free kick from the near top corner and the game seemed to be under control until a moment of madness from captain De Rossi.
As a corner was taken, well off the ball, De Rossi first pulled Lapadula’s jersey, then slapped him in the face with his other hand. It was all caught on camera and when viewed on VAR, the decisions were inevitable: penalty and red card. Lapadula stepped up and converted the resulting spot-kick to draw Genoa level.
A brawl broke out moments later with tension sky high at Marassi. Despite being down to 10 men, Roma hit the woodwork on 85 minutes, as Kolarov’s low cross was flicked up by Kevin Strootman to thump the crossbar from point-blank range.
Lapadula had two great chances late on, miskicking when one-on-one with Alisson including from a Stephane Omeonga low cross.
In stoppages Roma gave Patrik Schick his comeback and the former Sampdoria man almost doomed Genoa, but Perin flung himself at his feet after Gregoire Defrel knocked down a Kolarov cross.
Sent off: De Rossi 69 (R)