Roma loses two points in Genoa after having managed the pace of the game. De Rossi leaves his team with 10 men and Genoa scores the equalizer.
A tough first half for Roma. The giallorossi faced a team very-well covered and able to counterattack rapidly. Although Ballardini’s team decided to build a wall in front of its box, Roma needed something more to break into it. The Lupi didn’t speed up the pace of the game and the lack of creativity of its midfielders complicated the situation.
A couple of good chances for Dzeko who fought against Genoa’s defenders to get the right positioning on the field and help his teammates in the development of the offensive strategies. Di Francesco’s guys overall performance was not enough to break the deadlock during the first 45 minutes.
In the second half, the Lupi practiced the art of patience. Di Francesco replaced a tired Perotti with Defrel moving El Shaarawy on his favorite flank. A few minutes after, the Italian-Egyptian found the right shot redirecting a cross from the right side behind Perin. The opener forced Genoa to attack but albeit Ballardini’s men didn’t seem to be consistent enough to score the equalizer, De Rossi’s moment of madness changed the direction of the game. The referee, Giacomelli, conceded a just penalty to the home team punishing De Rossi who slapped Lapadula in the face. The Roma captain got a red card, Genoa scored the equalizer, and Di Francesco’s guys were forced to restart a tough match without a man.
The last 10 minutes of this challenge were crazy as well. Roma hit a post with Strootman and Lapadula missed two easy chances to collect the three points. Roma lost two points in Genoa slipping seven points behind Napoli that is currently leading the Italian Serie A.