Full disclosure, I didn’t see a single iota of this match, instead being forced to track it via Google updates while driving. So you could imagine my relief when I reached my final destination while also seeing the Roma 2, Genoa 1 (FT) alert. So, rather than pretending I knew exactly what happened, let’s just take a quick look at the goals from today’s victory, one that put Roma back into a tie for third place with Lazio, who narrowly edged Fiorentina in a seven goal thriller.
Cengiz Ünder: 17th Minute
Don’t you just love the look of confusion on Aleksandar Kolarov’s face in that preview? That was the same expression on my face when I first watched this goal—are you sure Ünder scored? Well, fortunately for Roma (and Kolarov’s assist total) Ünder did manage to find his way to the end of this looping ball from Kolarov.
For a while it seemed like Ünder’s tally would be the game’s only mark, but former Roma man, Ervin Zukanovic was there to lend a helping hand to his former club.
Zukanovic was a bit of an underappreciated player while he was in Rome, but you still have to feel sorry for him on this one—there’s no way to disguise that one, he blew it.
But it just wouldn’t be Roma if they didn’t make things nerve wracking, would it?
It’s too bad this goal was scored against Roma because it was beautiful. Genoa took advantage of some lax Roma passing and split the Giallorossi defense with a wonderfully threaded pass before Gianluca Lapadula became, what, only the third person to score on Alisson all year!? We’re kidding of course, but it’s not everyday you see Alisson get chipped like that.
With this victory, Roma took a bit of the edge off (though it would have been sweeter had Lazio dropped points), but if the worst case scenario remains being level with Lazio, I think we’ll take it, right?
Roma jumps right back into it on Saturday when they take on SPAL 2013 in Ferrara for the first time in 50 years. One would imagine EDF will continue to rotate his starters ahead of next week’s Liverpool fixture.