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1 vs 0
Played
March 19, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ A. Giannoccaro‎
Attendance:‬ 37000‎
 
Top of the Match
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Roma
Bojan Krkic
Bojan Krkic
Roma
Flop of the Match
Alberto Gilardino
Alberto Gilardino
Genoa
Alberto Gilardino
Alberto Gilardino
Genoa

Roma 1-0 Genoa: Early Osvaldo strike enough to propel Giallorossi into contention for Champions League place

After disappointing defeats against Atalanta and city rivals Lazio, Luis Enrique's men have now won two on the bounce to close to within four points of third place

By Mark Doyle

Pablo Osvaldo scored the only goal of the game as Roma recorded a crucial 1-0 victory over Genoa at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday evening.

The Argentine-born Italy international's strike arrived just two minutes in, which deceived those in attendance into thinking that they were in for an entertaining evening.

However, Roma failed dismally to build on their dream start and were ultimately somewhat fortunate to escape with all three points, with Genoa forward Rodrigo Palacio having struck the crossbar midway through the second half.

Shorn of the services of captain Francesco Totti and midfielder Miralem Pjanic through injury, Roma lacked creativity and dynamism throughout and it was Genoa who actually started with greater purpose.

However, it was Roma who took the lead, with Osvaldo controlling a long ball forward from Leandro Greco and then cutting inside onto his right foot before finishing smartly into the bottom right corner of Sebastien Frey's goal.

The hosts only threatened sporadically thereafter, though Osvaldo did squander a great chance to double his side's advantage after being put through by Rodrigo Taddei.

Consequently, Genoa grew in confidence as the game wore on and just moments after Miguel Veloso had drawn a decent save out of Maarten Stekelenburg with a long-range effort, Palacio chested down a cross into the area from Cristobal Jorquera only to then flick the ball onto the crossbar and away to safety.

The Rossoblu pressed forward in search of an equaliser in the closing stages, leaving themselves wide open to the counterattack, and Bojan Krkic went close on a couple of occasions for the hosts.

As it was, though, Osvaldo's goal proved sufficient to propel sixth-placed Roma to within four points of third-placed Lazio, meaning their hopes of securing a Champions League place remain very much alive.


Roma

1
3.00
20
José Ángel
Defender
3.00
20
Gabriel Heinze
Defender
3.00
14
Simon Kjaer
Defender
3.00
11
Rodrigo Taddei
Midfielder
3.00
16
Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder
37′
3.00
5
Fernando Gago
Midfielder
87′
3.00
19
Leandro Greco
Midfielder
3′ 74′
2.50
11
Erik Lamela
Striker
59′
2.50
17
3.50
31
Fabio Borini
Striker
3.00

Genoa

3.50
1
Sebastien Frey
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
2.50
-
2.50
24
3.00
4
Miguel Veloso
Midfielder
2.50
-
Marco Rossi
Midfielder
46′
3.00
16
2.50
5
3.00
-
3.00
8
2.00
11

Substitutes

1
Bogdan Lobonţ
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
Aleandro Rosi
Midfielder
0.00
-
Marquinho
Midfielder
74′
3.00
-
0.00
-
0.00
-
3.00
-
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
12
0.00
-
0.00
14
Valter Birsa
Midfielder
2.50
11
0.00
-
2.50
10
0.00
-

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
19 0
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0