AS Roma, last season’s UEFA Europa League runners-up, host their first match of the 2023/24 campaign with the visit of Servette (Switzerland) to the Stadio Olimpico on matchday two of Group G.
The Italian side won 2-1 at Sheriff Tiraspol on matchday one, with Romelu Lukaku scoring the winner in the 65th minute, marking his first European goal for his new team. Servette, who are making their debut in the Europa League group stage, lost 2-0 to Slavia Praha in their first match.
About the teams
Results against Swiss clubs
8 wins, 2 draws, 3 defeats, 28 goals for, 18 against.
Roma at home against Swiss clubs
6 wins, 0 draws, 1 loss.
Roma have a formidable home record against Swiss clubs, with just one defeat and six wins in their last seven meetings at the Stadio Olimpico.
The two-time UEFA Cup/Europa League finalists last faced a Swiss team in the 2020/21 group stage, beating Young Boys 2-1 away and 3-1 at home. It was their first match against a Swiss team since they faced Basel in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League group stage, losing 3-1 in Rome, their only defeat at home, before winning 3-2 in Switzerland.
Roma returns to the Europa League with the aim of doing better than last season’s final. The 4-1 penalty shootout loss to Sevilla in Budapest on May 31 came after a 1-1 draw in which Paulo Dybala put the team ahead in the 35th minute.
José Mourinho’s team finished second in their group behind Real Betis before winning the knockout matches against Salzburg (0-1 away, 2-0 home), Real Sociedad (2-0 away). home, 0-0 away), Feyenoord (0-1 away, 4-1 home ap) and Bayer Leverkusen (1-0 home, 0-0 away).
The Giallorossi were beaten twice in the final of this competition, also losing to Inter in the 1991 Italian final (0-2 away, 1-0 home).
Mourinho’s side had won the 2021/22 UEFA Europa Conference League final, beating Feyenoord 1-0 in Tirana to claim Roma’s first European title in the competition’s inaugural season.
Roma qualified for the 2023/24 Europa League group stage after finishing sixth in Serie A last season.
They won all seven of their Europa League home matches last season, apart from a 2-1 defeat to Betis in the group stage.
Servette is participating in the Europa League group stage for the first time and facing an Italian team in a UEFA competition for the first time.
Last season the club finished in second place in the championship, their best result since 1998/99, which saw them qualify for the second qualifying round of the Champions League. After beating Genk 4-1 on penalties (1-1 home, 2-2 ap), they were eliminated in the third qualifying round by Rangers (1-2 away, 1-1 home ).
Servette’s last appearance in the Europa League came in 2020/21, when they beat Ružomberok 3-0 in a one-off first qualifying round match before losing 1-0 at home to Reims during the next phase.
In 2021/22, Servette lost to Molde (0-3 away, 2-0 home) in the second qualifying round of the Europa Conference League.
The Genevans have won only one of their last six European away matches at home (2 draws, 3 defeats).
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Played in Italy:
Jérôme Onguéné (Genoa, loan 2021)
Roma goalkeeper Rui Patrício has played against Switzerland five times for Portugal, winning three and losing two.
Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma) played 90 minutes in Italy’s 3-0 win over Switzerland in the UEFA EURO 2020 group stage on June 16, 2021, Andrea Belotti was an unused substitute.
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