Europa League: draw with Servette, Roma qualify

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By John

Roma drew 1-1 with Servette in Geneva on the fifth day of group G of the Europa League and qualified for the next phase of the tournament.

After the bitter defeat in Prague against Slavia, Roma were unable to go beyond a draw in the last away match of the Europa League group stage at Servette. In Geneva it ends 1-1 with Lukaku’s goal in the first half and Bedia’s in the second half: the Giallorossi move on to the direct elimination phase, but by virtue of Slavia’s simultaneous victory against Sheriff, the road to first place in Group G is now complicated for Mourinho’s team, -2 behind the Czechs.

The home team started off more enterprisingly, becoming dangerous in the first twelve minutes with two attempts from Tsunemoto and Bolla, which Svilar was not surprised by. After a bit of difficulty the Giallorossi begin to raise their center of gravity, take control of the match and in the 21st minute they go ahead with Lukaku at the first real chance: good personal initiative from Llorente who cuts towards the center and once at the limit he serves the Belgian, whose first-time left-footed shot made it 1-0 for Roma.

Lukaku himself shot just over a little later following a touch from El Shaarawy, while towards the end of the first half it was the Swiss who had the equalizer with Kutesa, providentially blocked by Svilar. At the beginning of the second half, however, Cristante’s lightness allowed Bedia to rebalance the result, bringing the score to 1-1, while in the 63rd minute Dybala missed a sensational opportunity to bring Roma back ahead, kicking high from a few steps away. About ten minutes later the Argentine tries again after a touch from Lukaku, but this time it is Frick who blocks his shot from too central. In the final, little else happens, the 1-1 holds at the final whistle.