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Servette 1, Roma 1: Highlights & Recap

Not the worst outcome tonight, but Roma had a chance to wrest three points from this match but had to settle for a rain-soaked 1-1 draw against Servette.

Servette FC v AS Roma: Group G - UEFA Europa League 2023/24 Photo by Luciano Rossi/AS Roma via Getty Images

Today's Europa League fixture against Servette wasn't a must-win for Roma, but locking down three points against their Swiss hosts would have put the Giallorossi on a pretty clear path to winning Group C, depending on the results of the Sheriff vs. Slavia fixture. While Roma was as fit as they'd been in weeks, the match-long deluge put a damper on more than the club's spirits, as José Mourinho's men looked slightly askew this evening in Geneva.

Given their current injury concerns, UEFA roster limitations, and demanding fixture list, José Mourinho had to strike a delicate balance with his lineup selection today. With only two nominal full-backs at his disposal today, Mourinho opted to play Stephan El Shaarawy, a winger, at left wing-back.

That's not an unprecedented move by any means, but it forced Mourinho's hand in other areas of the pitch. Without SES available up top/out wide, Paulo Dybala or Romelu Lukaku would be forced to play the full 90, leaving striker Andrea Belotti to take El Shaarawy's regular second-half substitute role.

However, given how incredibly soaked and loose the pitch was, it didn't matter who was playing where; there was simply no way this would turn into an end-to-end free-for-all. Both sides would have to pick their moments and convert what few chances came their way.

At the outset, the early chances fell to Servette, with the host team forcing Roma keeper Mile Svilar into a handful of early saves. The Giallorossi would punch back, with Houssem Aouar and El Shaarawy testing Jéremy Frick's goal in the 14th and 15th minutes.

Based on early impressions, this match had all the makings of a rain-soaked snoozer, but then, as he so often does, Lukaku pulled Roma's feet from the fire, capping off a sublime 11-touch move with a cool-as-you-like left-footed finish.

The two sides would trade barbs for the ensuing 20 minutes, with neither club able to alter the scoreline. And with a one-goal lead to protect and 45 drenching minutes left to play, Roma hung on for dear life as Servette seemingly realized they had nothing to lose by going forward in numbers.

And in the 50th minute, they found paydirt after Chris Bedia got on the end of a looping cross from Miroslav Stevanovic. Credit Bedia for settling the ball and keeping his wits about him, but Roma had multiple defenders surrounding him and still came up empty-handed.

Mourinho's men put up a good fight in the second half, and Dybala came close to scoring multiple times, but in the end, Roma couldn't wrest all three points from this match. Making matters worse, Slavia Prague defeated Sheriff in the 95th minute to retain the group lead.

Sitting two points behind Slavia, Roma can still win the group on the final matchday on December 14th. In the meantime, if you missed the match, please enjoy the extended highlights.