AS Roma held to costly draw, Genoa miss last-gasp penalty
AS Roma’s Antonio Mirante saved a stoppage-time penalty to earn a point in a 1-1 draw at Genoa in Serie A on Sunday although the result still damaged the capital club’s Champions League qualifying hopes.
Stephan El Shaarawy had put the visitors in front in the closing stages before Cristian Romero equalised for Genoa in the final minute of regulation time.
The home side then had a glorious chance to complete a remarkable turnaround when Mirante brought down Antonio Sanabria to concede a penalty deep in added time, but the Roma goalkeeper made up for his error by saving the Paraguayan’s spot kick.
Claudio Ranieri’s Roma side are fifth in the standings and needed a win to stay within touching distance of fourth-placed Atalanta, who beat Lazio 3-1 earlier on Sunday.
The draw leaves Roma three points behind the Bergamo club on 59, while it could prove to be a valuable point for 16th-placed Genoa, who lie four points above the relegation zone with three rounds of matches remaining.
REUTERS/Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Ken Ferris