Joya’s Pearl, reading Paulo Dybala, gives Roma passage to the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.Where he will find the winner of the challenge between Naples and Cremonese.
Therefore, the evening at the Olympico takes place under the banner of the world champion awarded before the match against Genoa by the last winner of the most coveted trophy, Bruno Conte, and applauded by the 60,000 people who once again filled the Olympico. Then the Argentine sat on the bench, because Jose Mourinho didn’t see fit to start with him preferring to be allowed to come on at the start of the second half in place of Pellegrini who was also one of his best up to that point.
Leo Messi’s reserve took less than twenty minutes to make his mark: his goal was really beautiful, he scored with his left foot after receiving from Mancini, controlled the ball and beat Martinez, the namesake of his national teammate. His ‘from the top of the small area.’ goal was also a sign of how important it is to have champions in the team. But it must be said that despite the good mood of their juniors Bove and Zalewski, Roma did not play a great match again this evening.
Particularly worrying remains Zaniolo’s performance, who never outplayed the man in one-on-one situations and, as usual, was very nervous. To solve problems, therefore, a feat of n. Argentine number 21, at the expense of the unsubmissive Genoa, even if it was set up for an hour very defensively, which showed that it deserves the leading position it occupies in the second division standings. World Champion, Alberto Gilardino, who has revitalized since he took the Griffin seat.
There was also a good ‘amarcord’ moment for the Olympic crowd With a long standing ovation for former unlucky hero Kevin Strootman, when he entered the field in place of Badelj, the “mastermind” of the midfield who did not play properly today. So Roma’s steady pace has another positive and that’s enough if you turn on the light, read Dybala. However, he struggled a lot in the final, and he has to thank the good luck that Aramo, sent to the field perhaps too late, missed a shot that, in practice, was a penalty.
Now the league will return and for Mourinho’s team there will be Fiorentina, while Genoa will return to the second division and will face Venice in a match between the maritime football republics.
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