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HT: Roma in front at half-time

Diego Perotti scored one and created another for Edin Dzeko, as Roma are 2-1 up at the break with Wolfsberg and have good news from Germany.

As Borussia Monchengladbach are 1-1 with Istanbul Basaksehir at half-time, the Giallorossi would win the group.

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The Giallorossi would qualify for the Europa League Round of 32 with at least a point here and could even win the group if they got a better result than Borussia Monchengladbach.

Justin Kluivert, Chris Smalling, Davide Santon, Javier Pastore, Bryan Cristante, Davide Santon and Davide Zappacosta were out injured, so there had to be some squad rotation.

It took just five minutes to find a breakthrough, as Edin Dzeko ran on to a Henrikh Mkhitaryan through ball and was brought down by the goalkeeper. After treatment for a knock to the head, Alexander Kofler got back on his feet and immediately saw Diego Perotti roll a delicate penalty into the net.

However, the lead was short-lived, as Anderson Niangbo got to the by-line with a smart run, pulled back into the six-yard box and Alessandro Florenzi accidentally put into his own net as he was trying to anticipate Shon Weissman. It was the first goal Florenzi has ever scored in a Roma jersey.

It was certainly not dull for the neutral, as Roma restored their advantage at the 19th. Perotti sprung the offside trap on an Amadou Diawara through ball and rolled it across where Dzeko only had to tap in.

Wolfsberg had the ball in the back of the net again on 24 minutes, but only after Weissman had been flagged offside.

Diawara was booked for a dangerous tackle and will be suspended for Roma’s next Europa League fixture.

Roma 2-1 Wolfsberg (Half-Time)

Perotti pen 7 (R), Florenzi og 10 (W), Dzeko 19 (R)

Roma: Mirante; Florenzi, Mancini, Fazio, Spinazzola; Diawara, Veretout; Under, Mkhitaryan, Perotti; Dzeko

Wolfsberg: Kofler; Novak, Sollbauer, Rnic, Schmitz; Schmid, Sprangler, Wernitzing; Liendl; Weissman, Niangbo

Ref: Pawson (ENG)

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De Sanctis: ‘Smalling happy at Roma’

Roma team manager Morgan De Sanctis commented on the Alessandro Florenzi and Chris Smalling situations ahead of the final Europa League group game.

It kicks off with Wolfsberg at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and Liveblog.

“We started the season by conceding a few too many goals, but also scoring a great deal. Now we have become more solid defensively and found a stronger balance overall,” the team manager told Sky Sport Italia.

“The coach has been very clear in his directives and the players working hard to absorb his teachings. We have been able to create a sense of consistency even with many players missing, as the group has a unity about it.”

They can reach the Round of 32 with a point, but can also snatch the group top spot from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Florenzi starts this evening, but has been repeatedly left on the bench for big games by Paulo Fonseca.

“The club is strong and the players, including Florenzi, all accept the decisions of the coach. Florenzi has behaved like a real captain and we are pleased to see the team living up to expectations.”

Smalling is on loan from Manchester United, but Roma are in negotiations to buy him outright.

“It is well known that we are trying to find a solution that makes everyone happy. We are in no rush, we want to get this right, and can also rely on the player, who said he is happy at Roma.”

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Liveblog: Rennes-Lazio, Roma-Wolfsberg

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from the final Europa League group games, as Lazio visit Rennes and Roma host Wolfsberger.

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There is still a chance for both Italian participants to reach the Round of 32, where they will be joined by Inter, who drop down from the Champions League.

Lazio face already-eliminated Rennes at 17.55 GMT and could technically still go through if they win and Cluj lose to guaranteed group winners Celtic.

This is because the Aquile have a superior head-to-head record with the Romanians.

Roma host Wolfsberg at 20.00 GMT and their situation is simpler, as a point will be enough to see them through to the knockouts.

In fact, even a home defeat could still be enough if Istanbul Basaksehir fail to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach.

The top spot in the group is up for grabs too, as Roma and Gladbach have eight points, with a superior Giallorossi head-to-head record.

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Perotti: ‘Roma can win Europa League’

Diego Perotti believes “Roma can win the Europa League” this season, especially if they have resolved the issues behind their injury crisis.

The Giallorossi need a point tomorrow against Austrian side Wolfsberg to make sure of qualification to the Round of 32, and Perotti believes that his team can win the competition.

“I am very confident of the team, and of my team-mates. We have the ability and quality to win the competition. There are strong sides coming from the Champions League, but we can only think about ourselves,” he said in a press conference.

Perotti missed a portion of the season with an injury, and says he’s only now getting up to speed.

“Unfortunately my start to the campaign was bad. I did all of our training, without missing a workout, and then the day before the start of the season, I suffered a bad injury to my quadricep that I’ve never had before.

“Injuries happen in our sport, we know this. On a personal level, I hope to play from here until the end of the season, and being 100% fit. I want to help the club and my team-mates.”

Roma have suffered a plethora of injuries over the last couple of seasons, and have taken steps to try and mitigate the injuries, such as relaying pitches, so what does Perotti think is behind these problems?

“I think that it’s not just Roma that these injuries happen to. If we look at a team like Real Madrid, that is great, they too have injury problems.

“It is a profession where there are always injuries, maybe sometimes less than others. We have had different types, not just muscular, but also fractures.

“Maybe the pitches were the problem. The club is doing everything it can to help us players feel better. The pitches were elements that had to be improved, but perhaps they aren’t 100% yet.”

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Fonseca: ‘Dzeko starts vs Wolfsberg’

Paulo Fonseca confirms Edin Dzeko will start in Roma’s decisive Europa League group game with Wolfsberg, but he’ll also “rotate the squad.”

It kicks off on Thursday at 20.00 GMT at the Stadio Olimpico and the Giallorossi can qualify for the next round with a point.

“Dzeko and Cengiz Under will start, Aleksandar Kolarov and Pau Lopez will not,” said the coach in his press conference.

“When we need Alessandro Florenzi, he will play, that is true of all the players in the squad and the decisions I make. I am thinking of rotating the squad, resting four or five players.

“I think Justin Kluivert will be ready to face SPAL. Javier Pastore is doing specific training work and should be back in a couple of weeks, while Bryan Cristante can return in January.”

Napoli sacked Carlo Ancelotti last night, hours after a 4-0 victory over Genk sent them into the Champions League Round of 16.

“I have always said Serie A is very difficult. I am sad when a colleague is fired and Carlo’s situation after last night’s game was tricky. I have great admiration for Carlo, he is an excellent coach, but these things happen and they are always sad.”

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