Mancini header earns Roma narrow victory over Genoa

AS Roma rode on Gianluca Mancini's header to secure a 1-0 victory over Genoa in the Serie A.

Gianluca Mancini

AS Roma's Gianluca Mancini (center) celebrates scoring the winner in Sunday's game against Genoa.   -  AP

Gianluca Mancini's first-half goal was enough to earn AS Roma a 1-0 home win over Genoa on Sunday, with the victory moving Paulo Fonseca's side up to fourth in the Serie A standings.

In a tight contest, Mancini's bullet header from a corner in the 24th minute was enough for Roma to move on to 50 points from 26 games, one point above Atalanta in fifth, and two behind third-placed champion Juventus, who both have a game in hand.

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While Roma did have chances to make the result more comfortable -- substitute Gonzalo Villar going closest to a second as he struck a post in the second half -- Genoa had chances of its own to snatch a point against the nervy hosts.

Fonseca's men hung on, however, to leave Genoa down in 13th on 27 points, without a win in its last five league games.