Roma enter the Europa League with a 2-1 win over Parma, but above all the night was dominated by Daniele De Rossi’s farewell.
The Giallorossi knew it would take a miracle to earn Champions League football now, so could focus on the main issue at hand – giving De Rossi a good send-off. He had pleaded for the fans to set anger aside after the club refused to offer him a contract and they indeed tried to provide a warm atmosphere, albeit under very heavy rain.
Parma were safe from the threat of relegation, but Roberto Inglese, Rigoni and Alessandro Bastoni were injured and Gervinho faced his old club.
Javier Pastore couldn’t keep his header on target and Antonio Mirante made a fingertip save on Gervinho from a tight angle.
Roma took the lead with a sensational volley from Lorenzo Pellegrini, as it was a poor clearance to just outside the box, but there could be no arguments about the ferocious finish.
Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti scuffed their finishes, but the game ground to a halt when De Rossi left the field for the last time in a Roma jersey. Coach Claudio Ranieri was also moved to tears by a banner from the supporters thanking him for coming to their aid in “our time of need.”
Gervinho snatched an equaliser against his old club, running on to the Pablo Machin through ball to beat Mirante one-on-one.
However, Roma wouldn’t say goodbye to De Rossi without a victory, so Perotti got his head to a Cengiz Under cross.
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