Former AC Milan striker and Ballon d’Or 2004 winner Andriy Shevchenko made his Serie A debut as a manager when Genoa took on AS Roma at the Luigi Ferraris stadium. Roma saved a goalless draw with two late goals from Afena-Gyan and Mourinho’s side defeat Genoa.
Roma made the brighter start and thought they got the goal following Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s brilliant strike, but his goal was disallowed as it struck Tammy Abraham’s hand on route to flying past Salvatore Sirigu. Eldor Shomurodov was next to come close for ‘I Giallorossi’, but the former Genoa man blazed a sliding effort over the bar after being superbly teed up by Stephan El Shaarawy.
The second half of the football match began on the front foot but Spurs men failed to take advantage of their possession. Rui Patrício was largely a spectator down the other end of the pitch, but he needed to be alert when Johan Vasquez whipped in a dangerous cross towards Stefano Sturaro, who got tangled up with El Shaarawy, but still managed to force the Portuguese shot-stopper into a save.
Mkhitaryan added an assist to his positive performance, as he made a driving run forward and teed up substitute Felix Afena-Gyan to score his first-ever senior goal for Roma with a cool and composed finish just 8 minutes before the final whistle. But his second was even better with a stunning strike from distance in an injury time to double the Roma’s lead and caught the spotlight.
Moving up to fifth place, 10 points behind the leaders the Special One’s side claimed a 2-0 victory over Genoa. Meanwhile ‘I Rossoblu’ have failed to win in all of their last 5 outings remaining at the relegation zone, in the hope that Shevchenko will make a difference. Watch football highlights as Roma defeat Genoa on Sunday night.
Genoa – AS Roma 0:2
Goals: Afena-Gyan 82’, 90+4’