Italian Serie A
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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 external-linkto 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.external-link

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.

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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.

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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 Thursdayexternal-link 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
  • 33EmersonSubstituted forMário Ruiat 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
  • 19Alisson
  • 21Mário Rui
  • 30Santos da Silva

Genoa

  • 23Lamanna
  • 14Biraschi
  • 24Muñoz
  • 3Gentiletti
  • 22Lazovic
  • 4Cofie
  • 44Veloso
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Roma 3, Genoa 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Roma 3, Genoa 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nicola Ninkovic.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Diego Laxalt (Genoa).

  6. Booking

    Edin Dzeko (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Gentiletti (Genoa).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Gentiletti (Genoa).

  11. Booking

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

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Diego Laxalt (Genoa).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Strootman (Roma).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Genoa. Conceded by Mário Rui.

  20. Post update

    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.

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