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Despite a 2-1 win, Roma knocked out of Europa League by Lyon

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Posted on March 17, 2017

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Despite Roma winning the match versus Lyon 2-1, the first leg scoreline of 4-2 proved to be too much for Roma to overcome in the Europa League Round of 16.

The opening minutes saw Antonio Rudiger rattle the bar and it went straight to , who headed the ball brilliantly but Lopes somehow saved it.

In the 16th minute, Lyon took the lead from a set-piece. Valbuena whipped in a cross to Diakhaby who headed the ball easily in the net due to poor marking. It took Roma just a minute to equalize also from a set-piece, thanks to Strootman’ back heel goal from De Rossi’s cross.

During the closing minutes of the first half our Pharaoh teed up Strootman, but Strootman shot it straight to the keeper’s arms. Roma went into half-time needing two goals to go through.

In the first minute of the second half, Lopes pulled of a heroic double save from Nainggolan. In the 59th minute, El Shaarawy came on in place of Bruno Peres. As the hour mark ticked, Tousart scored an own goal after El Shaarawy’ low cross went to Tousart who placed it in his own net.

At the 64th minute, Shaarawy almost made it 3-1 from a shot just wide off the post. Just previous to Shaarawy’s miss, Dzeko had a goal disallowed, after the delivery from Shaarawy was ruled offside.

6 minutes later, Lyon’s Cornet went very close to scoring himself and forced Allison into action. In the 85th minute, Cornet once again went one on one with Allison and the latter pulled a crucial save to keep Roma’s dream of qualifying alive.

The referee added five minutes but Roma couldn’t find the net and they were eliminated on by an aggregate score 5-4.

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