Genoa – AS Roma. The 18-year-old ensured Roma win against Genoa. Shevchenko’s debut. Serie A

On Sunday, the eyes of many Serie A supporters, in addition to the hit match between Inter Milan and SSC Napoli, were focused on the meeting between Genoa and AS Roma. Andriy Shevchenko, who enjoys great sympathy on the Apennine Peninsula, made his debut on the bench of the team from Genoa. The Ukrainian has become a true icon of AC Milan and after a few years of break, he returned to the Italian league again, but in a completely different role.

As a “good morning”, the team led by the former Ukrainian national team coach faced AS Roma, who is going through difficult times. Italian journalists announced the meeting through the prism of Shevchenko’s rivalry with … Jose Mourinho, who met in Chelsea several years ago. Now their struggle has taken on a completely different dimension.

The match at Luigi Ferraris took place in the pouring rain, which significantly affected the condition of the pitch, where the players sometimes struggled to stay on their feet. In the 16th minute the team from Rome could take the lead. Salvatore Sirigu capitulated after Henrik Mkhitarjan’s shot, but the ball on the way brushed Tammy Abraham’s hand and the goal was not awarded.

The players of Jose Mourinho in the first part had clearly distorted sights. In the 28th minute, Eldor Szomurodow should open the result of the match, but from a few meters he hit the Grifone team’s goal.

Both teams in the first half did not spoil the fans with their game and managed to make only one shot on goal, but Roma left a better impression.

In the second part, the picture of the game has not changed. Roma continued to attack, but was unable to break down Andriy Shevchenko’s team’s defense. In the 70th minute, Mkhitarjan missed again in a good situation, and after a while one of the hosts’ few counterattacks could have ended with a goal, but Stephan El Shaarawy was stopped at the last moment by Stefano Sturaro.

The Giallorossi were punching the shots statistics, invariably dictating the conditions, but the ball could not find the way to the Genoi net. Up to the 82nd minute. Mkhitarjana’s performance was clearly failing on Sunday night, but the Armenian had a huge share in the goal for his team. The 32-year-old ran past several rivals at full speed and tossed the ball to Felix Afena-Gyan, while the 18-year-old beat Sirigu in cold blood. The player from Ghana did not intend to stop there and in added time he showed off a beautiful long shot, sealing the victory of Jose Mourinho’s team.

In the 90th minute, Aleksander Buksa appeared on the pitch in the hosts’ team, thus making his Serie A debut.

Genoa CFC – AS Roma 0: 2 (0: 0)

Goal: Felix Afena-Gyan (82nd, 90 + 4)

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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