Roma defeated Genoa thanks to Gianluca Mancini’s header from a Lorenzo Pellegrini corner. Genoa was lacking some main players.
After turning between two defenders, Mattia Destro shot straight at Pau Lopez, but when Gianluca Mancini rose to turn in a bullet header from a Lorenzo Pellegrini corner Roma broke the deadlock.
Pedro’s back-heel flick from a Rick Karsdorp assist bounced off the far post on 73 minutes, and Borja Mayoral bundled the rebound over the line, but the offside flag was up for the ex-Chelsea man.
As Gianluca Scamacca sent a half-volley just wide and tried a back-heel flick on a free-kick a sequence of shots charged down, and Roma kept on under pressure in the final stages.
Roma 1 – 0 Genoa
Goals: 1-0 Mancini 24
Bookings: Mancini; Masiello, Destro, Strootman, Criscito
Roma: Pau Lopez; Mancini, Cristante, Smalling; Karsdorp, Pellegrini, Diawara (Villar 60), Peres (Spinazzola 86); Pedro (Perez 74), El Shaarawy (Mkhitaryan 60); Mayoral (Fazio 86)
Genoa: Marchetti; Masiello, Radovanovic, Criscito; Ghiglione (Cassata 46), Strootman (Scamacca 76), Badelj, Zajc (Melegoni 78), Zappacosta; Pjaca (Shomurodov 46), Destro