Italian Serie A
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Roma 3-2 Genoa

Francesco Totti
"I'd like to think that for you, my career has become a fairytale for you to pass on," Totti's letter to fans read

Francesco Totti was in tears after a presentation to mark the final appearance of his 25-year Roma career.

The 40-year-old forward, who has scored 307 goals in 786 games for his only club, came on in the 54th minute in the win over Genoa to a standing ovation.

Roma won the game 3-2, with Diego Perotti's last-minute winner securing a Champions League group stage spot.

After the game, Totti read a letter to the fans, including: "I'm afraid. I can't see what the future looks like."

Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti was in tears after the game as he received a framed number 10 with fans holding up signs with his famous number

He also said: "Imagine you're a child having a good dream… and your mother wakes you up to go to school.

"You want to keep dreaming… you try to slip back into the dream but you never can.

"This time, it's not a dream, but reality. And I can no longer slip back in."

Captain Totti was also presented with a framed number 10, his famous shirt number, and had his wife and children on the pitch with him.

He is expected to become a Roma director but a statement during the week has led to reports he could play on elsewhere.

The game did not start well for Roma. Pietro Pellegri, 16, became the first player born in 2001 to score a Serie A goal when he put Genoa 1-0 ahead.

Roma, who would have dropped into the Champions League play-offs had they failed to win, cancelled out that opener with a goal from Edin Dzeko.

Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti was given the bumps by his team-mates after the game

With 16 minutes remaining, the former Manchester City striker pulled the ball back for Daniele de Rossi, also a one-club Roma legend, to put them ahead. Totti was standing right behind him ready to shoot.

Darko Lazovic equalised with a header but Perotti fired home in the final minute from Dzeko's header to ensure Roma finished runners up to Juventus and one point above Napoli - who beat Sampdoria 4-2.

Robocap banner
Robocap read one banner to celebrate the man who has captained Roma for the past 18 years

All the build-up to the game was dominated by talk of 'Totti Day' as it was known in Italy, although coach Luciano Spalletti, who has frequently kept the star on the bench this season, said the result was more important and did not start him.

He was awarded a special jersey by Genoa before the game, with Totti banners visible in the Stadio Olimpico crowd. The atmosphere rose when he replaced Mohamed Salah nine minutes into the second half.

Totti set up a chance for Stephan el Shaarawy with a great pass but rarely looked like adding to his own tally.

Roma banner
Amore Infinito - endless love - read another Roma banner

Earlier this season, Roma director of football Monchi had said Totti would retire at the end of the season and become a director.

Totti's statement on Thursday said it would be "the last time I can wear Roma's jersey". It added: "From Monday I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge."

Spalletti, who is now expected to leave the club, has regularly brought Totti on as a late substitute this season and has frequently complained about the amount of questions over the forward's playing time.

Sunday's game was the first time Totti played more than 30 minutes in a Serie A game since September.

Line-ups

Roma

  • 1Szczesny
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 44Manolas
  • 20Fazio
  • 33Palmieri dos SantosSubstituted forSilva Duarteat 18'minutes
  • 6Strootman
  • 16De Rossi
  • 11SalahSubstituted forTottiat 54'minutes
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 92El ShaarawySubstituted forPerottiat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9DzekoBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Nunes Jesus
  • 5Paredes
  • 7Grenier
  • 8Perotti
  • 10Totti
  • 13da Silva Peres
  • 15Vermaelen
  • 18Lobont
  • 19Ramses Becker
  • 21Silva Duarte
  • 30Santos da Silva

Genoa

  • 23Lamanna
  • 14Biraschi
  • 24Muñoz
  • 3Gentiletti
  • 22Lazovic
  • 4Cofie
  • 44Miguel Veloso
  • 93Laxalt
  • 15HiljemarkSubstituted forCataldiat 56'minutes
  • 64PellegriSubstituted forNtchamat 69'minutes
  • 11PalladinoSubstituted forNinkovicat 50'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Burdisso
  • 10Ntcham
  • 16Beghetto
  • 32Morosini
  • 38Zima
  • 83Moedim
  • 94Cataldi
  • 99Ninkovic
Referee:
Paolo Tagliavento

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaAway TeamGenoa
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home25
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Roma 3, Genoa 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Roma 3, Genoa 2.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nicola Ninkovic.

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diego Laxalt (Genoa).

Booking

Edin Dzeko (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

Edin Dzeko (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Santiago Gentiletti (Genoa).

Edin Dzeko (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Santiago Gentiletti (Genoa).

Booking

Diego Perotti (Roma) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 3, Genoa 2. Diego Perotti (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diego Laxalt (Genoa).

Offside, Roma. Edin Dzeko tries a through ball, but Federico Fazio is caught offside.

Foul by Kevin Strootman (Roma).

Danilo Cataldi (Genoa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Danilo Cataldi (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Genoa. Conceded by Mário Rui.

Attempt missed. Daniele De Rossi (Roma) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Francesco Totti with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Santiago Gentiletti.

Edin Dzeko (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Santiago Gentiletti (Genoa).

Attempt saved. Darko Lazovic (Genoa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miguel Veloso.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 2, Genoa 2. Darko Lazovic (Genoa) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Laxalt with a cross.

Foul by Kostas Manolas (Roma).

Olivier Ntcham (Genoa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Roma 2, Genoa 1. Daniele De Rossi (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

Attempt missed. Davide Biraschi (Genoa) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Isaac Cofie.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Ezequiel Muñoz.

Kevin Strootman (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danilo Cataldi (Genoa).

Offside, Roma. Radja Nainggolan tries a through ball, but Antonio Rüdiger is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Genoa. Olivier Ntcham replaces Pietro Pellegri.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Diego Perotti replaces Stephan El Shaarawy.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Eugenio Lamanna.

Attempt saved. Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

Offside, Genoa. Darko Lazovic tries a through ball, but Pietro Pellegri is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Kevin Strootman (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus38294577275091
2Roma38283790385287
3Napoli38268494395586
4Atalanta38219862412172
5Lazio382171074512370
6Milan381891157451263
7Inter Milan381951472492362
8Fiorentina381612106357660
9Torino381314117166553
10Sampdoria381212144955-648
11Cagliari38145195576-2147
12Sassuolo38137185863-546
13Udinese38129174756-945
14Chievo38127194361-1843
15Bologna38118194058-1841
16Genoa3899203864-2636
17Crotone3897223458-2434
18Empoli3888222961-3232
19Palermo3868243377-4426
20Pescara3839263781-4418
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