Roma with 10 men beat Genoa at the Olimpico, goal and ovation for Lukaku


By John

Roma-Genoa 1-0
NET: 34' st Lukaku.
ROME (4-3-2-1): Svilar 6.5; Celik 6, Llorente 6, Ndicka 6.5, Angelino 5.5 (36' st Mancini sv); Cristante 6, Paredes 4.5, Bove 6; Baldanzi 5.5 (18' st El Shaarawy 6.5), Pellegrini 5 (17' st Dybala sv, 46' Kristensen sv), Lukaku 7 (46' st Abraham sv). On the bench: Rui Patricio, Boer, Karsdorp, Huijsen, Smalling, Sanches, Aouar, Zalewski, Azmoun, Costa. Coach: De Rossi 6.5.
GENOA (3-5-2): Martinez 6.5; Vogliacco 6 (36' st Vitinha sv), De Winter 5.5, Vasquez 6.5; Spence 6, Frendrup 6.5 (46' st Ankeye sv), Badelj 6.5 (36' st Malinovskyi sv), Strootman 6 (22' st Thorsby 6), Martin 6; Ekuban 5 (22' st Gudmundsson 5.5), Retegui 5.5. On the bench: Leali, Sommariva, Bani, Sabelli, Cittadini, Matturro, Haps, Bohinen. Coach: Gilardino 6.
REFEREE: Manganiello of Pinerolo 6.
NOTE: Peaceful evening; playing field in good condition. Expelled: Paredes, in the 27th minute, for a second yellow card. Booked: Paredes, Lukaku. Corners: 6-2 for Roma. Recovery: 0'; 6'.

Coming off five rounds in a row without a win in the championship and Europa League, Roma finds their smile again in the last home match of the season. At the Olimpico the Giallorossi, numerically inferior since the 72nd minute due to Paredes' expulsion, beat Genoa 1-0 thanks to a goal by Lukaku about ten minutes before the 90th minute. With this success, De Rossi's team makes sixth place official, returning to +3 on Lazio with one matchday to go, now waiting for Atalanta's latest results to hope for qualification for the next Champions League: the Nerazzurri should in fact finish fifth in championship and win the Europa League. In the first half of the game the pace is not very high, as expected the Giallorossi are the ones who lead the game, but the Ligurian team allows few openings while waiting for the right counterattack to cause damage. In the 23rd minute the first real signal comes from Baldanzi who exchanges with Pellegrini and shoots high from the edge, while in the half hour the guests' response brings the signature of Retegui, imprecise with the left foot at the end of a good move on the counter. For the rest, not much else happens: the Capitoline players kick a lot towards the goal, in particular from outside the area, without however finding the right precision to worry Martinez, who has never engaged in interventions worthy of note. In the second half De Rossi's team tries to accelerate the pace in search of the advantage, but Genoa is very well organized in defense and does not make life easy for the opposing offensive players. In the 68th minute Lukaku tries to escape in a one-on-one with Vogliacco, arriving at a right-footed shot that is carefully blocked by Martinez. A few minutes later, due to protests, Paredes naively gets a red card leaving the Giallorossi numerically inferior and making his team's task even more complicated. Roma, however, continues to charge incessantly with their heads down and in the 79th minute they deservedly take the lead: new substitute El Shaarawy offers a great cross from the right, Lukaku takes everyone's time and scores the 1-0 with a header. In the final, Genoa proudly tries to avoid the knockout, but in full recovery Svilar is providential to fly over Malinovskiy's powerful left-footed shot.