SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 33 - 18 Apr 2018 (19.45 UK)
Roma 2 - 1 Genoa
Under 17 (R), Zukanovic og 52 (R), Lapadula 61 (G)
Stadio Olimpico

Roma hung on towards the end, but got the better of Genoa thanks to Cengiz Under and an Ervin Zukanovic own goal.

The Giallorossi were sitting joint third in Serie A with Lazio going into this midweek round, but the pressure was on after Inter beat Cagliari 4-0 last night. Diego Perotti, Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp were still out of action, but Cengiz Under, Stephan El Shaarawy and Alessandro Florenzi returned to the starting XI, with Kostas Manolas, Kevin Strootman, Radja Nainggolan and Daniele De Rossi rested. Genoa were practically safe from the threat of relegation after moving 11 points clear of the drop zone and made the trip without injured Armando Izzo, Nicolas Spolli or Davide Biraschi.

The Grifone now have a shocking record of 12 consecutive Serie A defeats at the Olimpico and their last victory here was 1-0 in January 1990.

Cengiz Under returned to the starting XI after injury and made an immediate impact, peeling off his marker to meet an Aleksandar Kolarov free kick at the back post.

Alisson had to run off his line to smother at the feet of Gianluca Lapadula on Oscar Hiljemark’s cross, but Genoa shot themselves in the foot after the restart,

Ervin Zukanovic rose for a glancing header on the Roma corner and it bounced in off the inside of the far post with Mattia Perin stranded.

Genoa got themselves back in the game soon after, as Gerson was caught in possession by Goran Pandev, who immediately sent Gianluca Lapadula running and the striker beat Alisson with a lob from midfield.

Alisson had to fingertip a Giuseppe Rossi volley round the post and Kostas Manolas came off the bench only to almost gift a goal to Lapadula on the counter.

Alessandro Florenzi was sprightly and tested Perin from a tight angle, but then opted to go for goal rather than set up Edin Dzeko in the final minutes.

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Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Fazio, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Gerson (Manolas 70), Gonalons, Pellegrini; Under (Schick 77), Dzeko, El Shaarawy (Strootman 82)
Genoa: Perin; El Yamiq, Rossettini, Zukanovic; Rosi, Rigoni, Hiljemark (Medeiros 54), Bertolacci, Migliore (Rossi 60); Pandev (Cofie 63), Lapadula
Ref: Pairetto