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Andriy Shevchenko's managerial debut in Serie A ends in defeat against Jose Mourinho 

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GENOA 0-2 ROMA: Andriy Shevchenko’s managerial debut in Serie A ends in defeat after teenage substitute Felix Afena-Gyan’s brace gives Jose Mourinho’s team three points

  • Ghanian teenager scores first senior goals to secure three points for Roma
  • Win is only Giallorrossi’s second in eight matches in all competitions 
  • Jose Mourinho’s team moved up to fifth on Serie A table following 2-0 win 
  • Genoa stayed 18th, two points adrift of safety and are without a win in five games


Ghanaian teenage substitute Felix Afena-Gyan’s first senior goals earned Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma a 2-0 victory at Genoa in Serie A on Sunday.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan thought he had given Roma the lead in the first half with a thunderous strike, only for the eagle-eyed referee to rule the goal out after spotting a handball from Tammy Abraham as the effort flew past the English striker.

The visitors looked like they were going to have to settle for a frustrating draw going into the latter stages of the match as Andriy Shevchenko’s Genoa frustrated their opponents in the new coach’s first game in charge.

Felix Afena-Gyan scored two late goals as Roma secured a 2-0 win away at Genoa

Felix Afena-Gyan scored two late goals as Roma secured a 2-0 win away at Genoa

Andriy Shevchenko's managerial debut in Serie A ended in disappointment for the Ukrainian

Andriy Shevchenko’s managerial debut in Serie A ended in disappointment for the Ukrainian

However, 18-year-old Afena-Gyan had other ideas and he scored in the 82nd minute to edge his side in front, running to celebrate with a jubilant Mourinho after finding the net, before curling a stoppage-time second to seal the win.

The victory, just Roma’s second in eight matches in all competitions, moved Mourinho’s men up to fifth in the standings, while Genoa stay 18th.   

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