FT: Roma 3-2 Napoli (1st Leg)


Roma were able to snatch a goal in the dying minutes of the match to give themselves a 3-2 aggregate lead heading in the second leg at the San Paolo, thanks to an 88th minute goal from Gervinho.

It was certainly a tale of two halves for Roma. The Giallorossi looked fit to thrash the Neapolitans after the first 45 minutes, thanks to goal from Gervinho and Kevin Strootman, who scored a screamer from nearly 35 yards away.

Just as the second half began, Morgan De Sanctis let a shot from Gonzalo Higuain slip out of his grasp and gave the Neapolitans a crucial away goal. Roma continued to push the envelope and look for chances, as opportunities from Gervinho, Adem Ljajic, and Francesco Totti all found the grasp of Pepe Reina. Just when Roma were ready to add a third goal, Belgian winger Dries Mertens quickly slipped through Roma’s defense and tied the match up at 2-2.

What looked to be a certain 2-2 draw heading into the second leg, Ivorian winger Gervinho had other ideas, as the former Arsenal man was picked out on the counter-attack by Miralem Pjanic and was able to tuck away another goal, giving the Giallorossi a 3-2 victory heading into the second leg in Naples.

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De Sanctis, OG
(On Goal)

The Editor of RomaPress.us, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including ASRoma.com, EuroFantasyLeague.com, and ESPN.