Serie A - Roma finally win
Goals from Marco Borriello and Matteo Brighi gave Roma only their second Serie A win of the season, beating Genoa 2-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.
The on-loan Milan striker toe-poked a poacher’s finish on 34 minutes with midfielder Brighi improvising a clever chip seven minutes into the second half, assisted by a delightful backheel from Borriello.
Hungarian substitute pulled Gergely Rudolf one back late on, but Roma closed the game out to pull themselves out of the relegation zone.
The match was even enough in terms of possession, but Roma fashioned by far the better chances as Genoa were snuffed out at source by the excellent Juan and Nicolas Burdisso.
There was some early controversy as Borriello was booked for diving over a challenge by Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo, while Francesco Totti had a goal disallowed for offside - a shame, as it was a lovely lob from the Roma skipper.
Borriello hit the post after a long ball from David Pizarro caught the visiting defence cold, while Totti fired wide after some crisp passing on the edge of the box.
That would have been an undeserved lead and Roma resumed regular business as Totti and Borriello again combined, with the latter denied by Alessandro Ranocchia on the line.
It mattered not as, within a minute, Roma took the lead.
There was a shade of luck as Totti’s right-wing cross took a wicked deflection off the back of Criscito, diverting it into the path of Borriello flying in to divert the ball past Eduardo at the near post.
In the second half Roma continued where they left off and they doubled their lead when Brighi slid in to cleverly dig out a rising and dipping lob past Eduardo after good work from Simone Perrotta and, of course, Borriello.
There was a brief rally from Genoa when substitute Rudolf smashed a vicious drive just over the bar, while the rampant Borriello almost got his second when he hit the woodwork for a second time, crashing one off the bar after Totti wriggled him clear.
A lengthy lull ensued, as Roma sat deep and Genoa toiled to create any chances.
But the visitors pulled one back when Rudolf took a high ball on the chest and rolled a low finish through a sea of scrambling players, the officials initially seeming to disallow it for an offside but the goal standing.
It then got a bit hairy for Roma, as the visitors pushed and pushed for a leveller, but Claudio Ranieri’s side rode the pressure - and five minutes of injury time - to move on to eight points, 13th in the standings but behind Genoa on goal difference.