Monday March 19, 2012 Day 28 Finished Stadio Olimpico

AS Roma 1 - 0 Genoa

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    Time:90'
    • AS Roma
    • Genoa
    • FT And it is over. Roma have got a valuable three points. They didn't make life easy for themselves but they did deserve the three points. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3 Roma hold onto the ball well – Bojan the curls a shot just wide – time appears to be up.
    • 90+2 Bojan tries to play a one-two with De Rossi when he might have been better having a shot.
    • 90+1 Decent counter from Genoa but Jorquera fires well over on the half-volley.
    • 90+1 We will have three extra-minutes.
    • 90' Frey pushes away another effort – this time from Bojan who had cut onto his right foot from just outside the box.
    • 89' Flash shot from Osvaldo after a check back from Marquinho but Frey was in the right spot to save with his chest before gathering.
    • 88' Jorquera has looked good since coming on for Genoa but he has just controlled with his hand on the edge of the Roma box.
    • 87' Final change for Roma - Simplicio on for Gago.
    • 85' Kjaer now slides in to block a cross – nervy finish from Roma.
    • 84' Great defensive header from Heinze to deal with another Genoa ball into the box.
    • 82' Taddei does well to just budge Moretti out of the way and see the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 80' Bojan with another shot from the edge of the box – huge deflection and it goes out for a corner.
    • 79' Bojan drills a half-volley just wide after a corner was played to him on the edge of the area – a fine effort – Roma getting back on top.
    • 78' Marquinho has been lively since coming on – he has just had a lovely shot on target but again that man Frey is there to push away.
    • 77' De Rossi takes the free-kick but can only fire it straight into the wall.
    • 76' Marquinho fouled just on the edge of the D and central – another chance from a free-kick for Roma.
    • 74' Marquinho comes on for Roma. Greco makes way.
    • 73' Bojan does Kaladze for pace and the Georgian just brings him down. A booking any day of the week.
    • 72' Genoa play a one-two off a corner but one of their men is offside – sloppy, sloppy stuff.
    • 71' Genoa have to be alert to defend a low ball in from Bojan.
    • 70' OFF THE BAR FROM PALACIO!!! Jorquera dinks a ball over the defence, Palacio is onside – he controls it and is just six-yards out but he hits against the bar with the goal gaping – what a chance!
    • 68' Roma giving the ball away very cheaply in this half. Inviting Genoa to attack them. The visitors not exactly convincing with their attacking play though.
    • 67' Bojan's little run sets up a counter-attack move but Greco's shot is blocked from close range.
    • 66' Again a ball played over the defence for Bojan but this time the ex-Barca man is offside.
    • 65' Genoa change - Jorquera on for Mesto.
    • 64' Quite an even second half this – next goal will be key.
    • 63' Veloso fires two shots in quick succession – the first is blocked and the second is then tipped over by Stekelenburg – decent strike.
    • 62' Lovely build-up from Roma – De Rossi chips a ball over the defence for Bojan who controls it well on the chest but then puts his shot from close range a mile wide after Frey made the angle tight.
    • 60' Osvaldo nearly cuts the defence with a ball to Bojan but Frey rushes out to clear.
    • 59' Roma making a chance. Lamela coming off and Bojan comes on.
    • 57' Borini sees Frey off his line and tries a cheeky little chip from the edge of the area. The Genoa keeper though is just about tall enough to deal with it.
    • 55' Kjaer has to block at Biondini cross/shot as Genoa grow in confidence.
    • 54' Luis Enrique bellowing instructions from the bench – clearly unhappy with how his team have started this half.
    • 53' Taddei's mishit nearly falls perfectly for Gilardino but the Genoa striker just can't get the ball under control.
    • 52' Borini tries a shot but it goes well over the bar.
    • 51' Jankovic chops down Borini 35-yards-out – option of a shot or a cross for Roma. Jankovic booked.
    • 49' Lamela gets a low shot on target from a tough angle and Frey needs to get down quickly and push it away with a strong arm yet again.
    • 47' Osvaldo tries to trick his way into the box but he is quickly crowded out.
    • 46' Welcome back - Genoa have made a change at the break. Jankovic on for Rossi
    • HT Just four seconds of stoppage time. Roma deservedly lead at the break but Genoa showed some encouraging signs as the half ended.
    • 44' Mesto gets a header on target but straight at Mesto.
    • 43' Bit of a mix-up between Heinze and Stekelenburg as they go for the same ball – the Argentine boots it clear.
    • 42' Gilardino nearly finds Palacio inside the box as Roma struggle to defend a free-kick.
    • 41' Genoa having perhaps their best spell of pressure but without looking like scoring.
    • 39' Mesto has a chance to put a ball into the danger zone but it is again a really poor delivery. Quickly followed by something similar from Veloso.
    • 38' Veloso tries a shot from the resulting free-kick – it is over the wall but straight at Stekelenburg.
    • 37' De Rossi gives the ball away to Veloso and then pulls him back. A clever yellow card to give away. Genoa with a free-kick in a central position about 40 yards out.
    • 35' Frey forced to make another save – this time to push away a stinging low shot from De Rossi.
    • 33' Chance for Genoa – Roma fail to properly deal with Palacio's low cross into the box and Mesto sneaks a close ranger effort on target. Lack of power though allows Stekelenburg to make the point blank save.
    • 32' Greco does well to win the ball and charge into the box – after a barely a touch from Kaladze he dives looking for a penalty. The referee says no and Kaladze doesn't appreciate the acting job.
    • 31' Marco Rossi gets a blow in the face but he is fine.
    • 30' Genoa strikers still looking very isolated – they need to be a bit more ambitious.
    • 29' Osvaldo again cuts inside onto his right – this time on the edge of the area and he fires off a decent effort but it goes over the bar. He's clearly in the mood for goals though.
    • 28' Veloso whips the ball in but Kaladze was pushing.
    • 27' A few little signs that Genoa are getting back into this match – they have won a free-kick down the left.
    • 26' Decent ball into the box aimed for Gilardino but that is well defended by the Roma defence.
    • 25' Not all good from Roma - shocking pass from Taddei gives it away.
    • 24' Heinze has to dive in and clear the danger after sloppy passing had put Roma into trouble.
    • 22' Great chance for 2-0 – Genoa try and play the offside trap – Osvaldo breaks it though and is found by De Rossi but he then fires wide. Awful defending from Genoa who just stepped up.
    • 21' Simon Kjær has two chances to get a shot off from the resulting corner - poor effort when he finally gets one away though.
    • 20' A couple of Roma attacks break down but then the ball comes out nicely to Greco who fires a fine low drive from 30 yards out – it takes a little nick off Kaladze but Frey does superbly well to push it away.
    • 19' Genoa just can't keep possession anymore – Roma controlling the midfield – De Rossi acting as conductor.
    • 18' More pressure from Roma who are starting to dominate this game.
    • 17' Osvaldo slides inside the box to win the ball and then his fancy cross just doesn't quite come off but a very bright start from the former Espanyol striker.
    • 16' Josè Angel fizzes a ball towards the back post but Osvaldo just can't get on the end of it.
    • 15' Remember if Roma can win tonight they will be just three points off a Champions League spot – not bad for a team that were written off earlier in the year. Luis Enrique finally having some success.
    • 14' Genoa's corner can't even beat the first man – poor stuff from Veloso.
    • 13' Palacio shows good strength to get the better of two Roma men on the edge of the box before curling a low shot wide. Took a deflection too so a corner for Genoa.
    • 12' Genoa have actually beaten Roma more often than any other Serie A opponent - work to do tonight though.
    • 11' Lamela looks one way then passes the other but he just can't quite find his man – clever stuff from Roma though who have a bit of exuberance about them.
    • 9' Fabio Borini with a "strikers' challenge" - he escapes without a booking. The former Chelsea and Swansea man is in red-hot form at the moment. Borini currently on loan from Parma but Roma have an option to buy him for €7m. He is scored in his last four matches.
    • 8' Decent tempo to this match already although some loose passing on either side.
    • 7' Genoa with the ball in a decent area but they give it away cheaply only for Roma to quickly return the favour.
    • 6' Osvaldo takes a De Rossi cross on his chest and tries a bicycle kick. He makes decent contact too but lucky for Genoa, Kaladze is right there and it just ends up hitting him.
    • 5' Genoa had started brightly but the gameplan is out the window already. Roma fans making a racket now.
    • 3' GOAL FOR ROMA!!! They have scored already – Daniel Osvaldo back in the team with his eight of the season. Osvaldo controls a looped ball by Greco into the box superbly beyond the back post – he makes an angle for himself and then fires home a low right foot shot into the opposite corner. Great goal.
    • 2' Biondini now fires wide with a left-foot drive from outside the box. Gilardino and Belluschi combined well to set up the shot. Decent start from the visitors.
    • 1' Early attack from Genoa and Gilardino has a shot blocked by a defender inside the first 30 seconds.
    • 1' Referee Antonio Giannoccaro has got us underway. Roma in their traditional yellow and red kit. Genoa wearing their away colours of white.
    • 19:43 Here come the two teams – we will be underway very soon. Roma fans seem in the mood – singing the club's song with full gusto.
    • 19:40 This match is being played this evening because the stadium was used at the weekend for Italy's Six Nations win over Scotland.
    • 19:35 Genoa: (4-4-2) : Frey, Rossi, Carvalho, Kaladze, Moretti; Mesto, Veloso, Biondini; Belluschi; Gilardino, Palacio.
    • 19:30 So Roma captain Francesco Totti misses out with a muscular injury - Daniele De Rossi has overcome his knock though and starts.
    • 19:25 ROMA (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Taddei, Kjaer, Heinze, Josè Angel; Gago, De Rossi, Greco; Borini, Lamela, Osvaldo
    • 19:20 Roma can't move about their current sixth position tonight, but can re-enter the hunt for a Champions League spot with a win. Serie A table
    • 19:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the Olympic Stadium in Rome as improving Roma face Genoa.
  • Summary

    • 90' Frey pushes away another effort – this time from Bojan who had cut onto his right foot from just outside the box.
    • 79' Bojan drills a half-volley just wide after a corner was played to him on the edge of the area – a fine effort – Roma getting back on top.
    • 78' Marquinho has been lively since coming on – he has just had a lovely shot on target but again that man Frey is there to push away.
    • 70' OFF THE BAR FROM PALACIO!!! Jorquera dinks a ball over the defence, Palacio is onside – he controls it and is just six-yards out but he hits against the bar with the goal gaping – what a chance!
    • 63' Veloso fires two shots in quick succession – the first is blocked and the second is then tipped over by Stekelenburg – decent strike.
    • 62' Lovely build-up from Roma – De Rossi chips a ball over the defence for Bojan who controls it well on the chest but then puts his shot from close range a mile wide after Frey made the angle tight.
    • 35' Frey forced to make another save – this time to push away a stinging low shot from De Rossi.
    • 33' Chance for Genoa – Roma fail to properly deal with Palacio's low cross into the box and Mesto sneaks a close ranger effort on target. Lack of power though allows Stekelenburg to make the point blank save.
    • 29' Osvaldo again cuts inside onto his right – this time on the edge of the area and he fires off a decent effort but it goes over the bar. He's clearly in the mood for goals though.
    • 22' Great chance for 2-0 – Genoa try and play the offside trap – Osvaldo breaks it though and is found by De Rossi but he then fires wide. Awful defending from Genoa who just stepped up.
    • 20' A couple of Roma attacks break down but then the ball comes out nicely to Greco who fires a fine low drive from 30 yards out – it takes a little nick off Kaladze but Frey does superbly well to push it away.
    • 3' GOAL FOR ROMA!!! They have scored already – Daniel Osvaldo back in the team with his eight of the season. Osvaldo controls a looped ball by Greco into the box superbly beyond the back post – he makes an angle for himself and then fires home a low right foot shot into the opposite corner. Great goal.
    • 19:35 Genoa: (4-4-2) : Frey, Rossi, Carvalho, Kaladze, Moretti; Mesto, Veloso, Biondini; Belluschi; Gilardino, Palacio.
    • 19:25 ROMA (4-3-3): Stekelenburg; Taddei, Kjaer, Heinze, Josè Angel; Gago, De Rossi, Greco; Borini, Lamela, Osvaldo

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    Manager: Luis Enrique

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    Manager: Pasquale Marino

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