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Luigi Ferraris (ATT 21,000) 21st October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: D Orsato

Genoa Genoa vs Roma Roma

Genoa 2

J Kucka (7)
B Jankovic (15)


Roma 4

F Totti (27)
D Osvaldo (44, 56)
E Lamela (83)

Roma roar back for success

Last Updated: 21/10/12 10:00pm

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Totti takes the congratulations after his goal

Totti takes the congratulations after his goal

Roma claimed an impressive comeback win as they recovered from conceding two early goals to down Genoa.

Juraj Kucka and Bosko Jankovic putt Luigi De Canio's side 2-0 up within a quarter of an hour, but Roma were back on terms before half-time thanks to goals from Francesco Totti and Pablo Osvaldo.

Osvaldo's second gave the Giallorossi the lead for the first time the 55th minute and Erik Lamela completed a 4-2 victory late on.

The home side, looking to end a run of three successive draws with a victory, could hardly have imagined a better start to the game.

Kucka put them in front in the seventh minute with former Roma striker Marco Borriello taking some of the credit for a fine backheeled pass which the Genoa midfielder converted with aplomb from the edge of the penalty area.

In the 15th minute, Jankovic made it two at the second attempt.

His first effort, a fine volley from Borriello's cross, came back off the crossbar but, after Kucka returned the ball to him with his head, he made no mistake with another volley beating Maarten Stekelenburg.

Borriello was denied a goal minutes later as Stekelenburg guarded his near post well and Roma finally responded with some attacking of their own.

Totti pulled a goal back in the 28th minute with a low shot just beyond the reach of Sebastien Frey.

Osvaldo, restored to the starting line-up with Daniele De Rossi after both were dropped a fortnight ago, went close to levelling in the 44th minute before making better use of his next chance within seconds.

Ivan Piris sent in the cross for the Italy international to turn and hit an unstoppable volley past Frey.

Osvaldo scored his second and Roma's third in the 55th minute with a header into the top right-hand corner from Alessandro Florenzi's corner.

Behind for the first time in the game, Genoa did not appear to know what to do and Roma gained control of proceedings, adding a fourth in the 83rd minute.

Lamela this time received the ball on the edge of the area and beat Frey with a low shot to effectively finish off Genoa.

Osvaldo almost completed his hat-trick in the 86th minute, but enough damage had already been done as Roma edged up to fifth in the Serie A table, still four points adrift of their city rivals Lazio and eight behind the summit.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 33 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Chievo 34 41
14 Verona 34 40
15 Empoli 33 38
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16