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Salah scores as Roma come back to defeat Genoa
Mohamed Salah scored as AS Roma sealed a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, in the 36th round of the Serie A.
After Inter Milan’s 2-0 defeat to Lazio on Sunday guaranteed Roma at least a third place finish, the Giallorossi could have been forgiven for dropping points away from home, but instead chose to attempt to catch second-placed Napoli in order to secure automatic UEFA Champions League qualification.
The first chance of the game came after four minutes when El Shaarawy cut inside on his right foot, but his curler was inches wide of the left post.
Two minutes later, Roma scored their first goal through Egypt international Mohamed Salah; El Shaarawy’s back-heel found Salah, who exchanged passes with Perotti before putting Roma in front with his 13th league goal in 2015/16.
The hosts responded just eight minutes later, however. Diego Laxalt set up Tachtsidis with a low cross into Roma’s area to allow the latter to score the equalizer.
Roma had an unanswered penalty appeal as El Shaarawy appeared to be struck by Izzo’s elbow, before his volley went wide in the 31st minute.
Two minutes later, Szczesny kept the scores level after saving Suso’s screamer, before El Shaarawy was denied by Genoa’s Lamanna as the first half ended with the scores at 1-1.
Luciano Spalletti brought on Roma legend Francesco Totti to replace Perotti in the 60th minute to provide a spark in attack, but Genoa took the lead through Pavoletti seconds afterwards.
In the 76th minute Roma were awarded a foul on the edge of the box after a foul on Totti. De Rossi laid the ball off for the captain, who fired into the top corner to bring Roma level.
Three minutes before the end of regulation time De Rossi’s long ball found Dzeko, who set up El Shaarawy to score the winner and seal the result for his side.
The win temporarily lifted Roma into second place, but Napoli will have the chance to retain their position in the table with a win over Atalanta.