AS ROMA NEWS – Penultimate day of group C of the Europa League with the Rome that qualification for the next round is played on the field ofHJK Helsinki.

After the missteps with Ludogortes at the debut and with the Betis at home, the Giallorossi can no longer make mistakes. It takes three points at all costs to reach second place and play the passage of the last round at the Olimpico against the Bulgarians.

The synthetic pitch and the harsh climate are the biggest pitfalls for Mourinho’s boys. We leave you at latest on official formations and then to live report of the match.



95 ‘- Over! Roma moved to Bolt Arena, beating Helsinki two to one. Unmemorable match, with the Giallorossi winning thanks to Abraham’s goal and Hoskonen’s own goal. In between, the equal of Hetemaj. In the final, a goal by Browne was canceled. Roma still have to win the last against Ludogorets, beaten today at home by Betis, to pass the group.

94 ‘- Spinazzola warned for waste of time.

90 ‘- Five minutes of recovery.

90 ‘- ROME OPPORTUNITY! Shomurodov launched into the goal shoots well in depth and tries to beat the goalkeeper but Hasard rejects!

89 ‘- ROME CHANGE: inside Spinazzola, outside El Shaarawy.

88 ‘- Bravo Rui Patricio to close an insidious cross from the right in low grip.

81 ‘- GOAL CANCELED! Referee does not validate for a previous foul by Abubakari!


79 ‘- HELSINKI DRAW. A stone from Browne gets into the crossroads after a slight detour.

77 ‘- TRIPLE CHANGE ROME: inside Faticanti, Bove and Shomurodov, outside Camara, Pellegrini and Volpato.

76 ‘- HELSINKI OPPORTUNITY! Boujellab frees himself well and kicks on goal, Rui Patricio blocks in two halves.

75 ‘- Phase in which Rome is lowering the pace and now Helsinki pushes in search of equal.

69 ‘- KELSINKI CHANGE: inside Boujellab, outside Hetemaj hit by cramps.

67 ‘- Camara tries from distance, an imprecise conclusion that ends on the side.

62 ‘- GOOOOOL! Roma back in the lead: El Shaarawy enters the area and kicks on goal, shot deflected by Hoskonen in his own goal!

54 ‘- HELSINKI GOAL. At the first shot on goal comes the equal of the Finns. Hetemaj scores who takes advantage of a late Mancini cover to beat Rui Patricio with a low shot right.

50 ‘- ROME OPPORTUNITY! Abraham recovers the ball on the opponent’s trocar and then tries his right turn with the ball coming out to the side.

46 ‘- We start again, no change in Rome. In Helsinki inside Abubakari, outside Olusanya.


45 ‘- The first half ends: Rome deservedly ahead on the Helsinki field. More dangerous Giallorossi, especially with Cristante who had first hit the crossbar with his head and then found the goal, canceled by the referee after the recall of the VAR for offside. But then it is Abraham who unlocks the match, with a header after Pellegrini’s usual perfect free-kick.

41 ‘- GOOOOOOOL !!! ABRAHAM !! Pellegrini’s perfect punishment from the trocar that brushes on Tammy’s head, excellent impact with Tammy’s ball beating the opposing goalkeeper !!

35 ‘- Halme warned.

29 ‘- GOAL CANCELED. Volpato’s active offside on the occasion of Cristante’s goal. It stays on zero to zero.

29 ‘- Referee called to the VAR for an offside position.

28 ‘- GOOOOOOOOL !! CRISTANTE! This time Bryan scores! Corner from the left of Pellegrini, perfect detachment of the midfielder who sends the ball to the corner!

26 ‘- ROME OPPORTUNITY! Abraham goes to one on one, then moves the ball to the right and kicks into the goal, the opposing goalkeeper blocks!

24 ‘- ROME OPPORTUNITY! El Shaarawy escapes to the left, puts a low cross for Volpato who with a heel makes Pellegrini go on, who just a few steps from the door fails to kick, closed in a slide by an opposing defender!

22 ‘- Mancini warned, he was warned and will miss Roma-Ludogorets.

20 ‘- ROME CROSS! Pellegrini’s corner, Cristante off the first post that he sends to the crossbar! Then a furious melee with the ball that does not enter the goal!

15 ‘- Few emotions in this start. Many mistakes in the middle of the field, no scoring chances built by the two teams.

5 ‘- Aggressive departure of the Finns, Rome immediately in trouble.

0 ‘- Referee’s whistle, Helsinki-Rome begins!


20:00 – The Rome officially announces its deployment: on the field Vina in place of the unavailable Ibanezin surprise attack Volpato. El Shaarawy he will play on the left instead of Spinazzola.

7:55 pm – Roger Ibanez doesn’t even go on the bench: the defender is out due to indisposition, exactly what happened to Zalewski a few days ago.

19:50 – This one official formation of Helsinki: Hazard; Hoskonen, Halme, Peltola; Soiri, Lingman, Vaananen, Hetemaj, Browne; Hostikka, Olusanya.

7:40 pm – This one official formation of Roma just announced by Sky Sport: Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Vina, Zalewski, Cristante, Camara, El Shaarawy, Pellegrini, Volpato, Abraham.

19:00 – Two hours exactly to the kick-off. Climate not too harsh, temperature around 8 degrees. Cloudy sky but for now it is not raining. Synthetic pitch that appears in fair condition. We will notify you in a few minutes training choices of the two teams.


HELSINKI (3-5-2): Hasard; Peltola, Hoskonen, Halme; Soiri, Vaananen, Lingman, Browne; Olusanya, Hetemaj, Hostikka. Annex.: Koskela.
Available: Tannander, Niemela, Arajuuri, Soskela, Tenho, Toivio, Martic, Boujellab, Abubakari, Tanaka, Radulovic.

ROME (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Mancini, Smalling, Vina; Zalewski, Cristante, Camara, El Shaarawy: Pellegrini, Volpato; Abraham. Annex: Mourinho.
Available: Svilar, Boer, Kumbulla, Tripi, Karsdorp, Spinazzola, Bove, Faticanti, Belotti, Cherubini, Shomurodov.

Referee: Martins (Portugal)
Linesmen: Tavares and Campos
Fourth man: Carvalho
Var: Godinho
Avar: Miguel

Giallorossi.net – Andrea Fiorini

HJK HELSINKI-ROME: 1-2 (41 ‘Abraham, 54’ Hetemaj, 64 ‘aut. Hoskonen). Finns beaten, the last with Ludogorets will be decisive