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Mancini lifts Roma past Genoa to fourth in Serie A

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Paulo Fonseca’s side pull one point ahead of Atalanta who drop to fifth before their game Monday at Serie A leaders Inter Milan.

Mancini jumped highest to turn in a Lorenzo Pellegrini corner after 24 minutes in the Stadio Olimpico, beating Genoa second choice ‘keeper Federico Marchetti who replaced Mattia Perrin.

Roma extended their unbeaten run against 13th-placed Genoa to 14 games, to sit nine points behind leaders Inter Milan.

The three points were a boost for the capital side days before hosting Shakhtar Donetsk in their Europa League last 16, first leg tie.

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“One more step is missing to beat the big teams, we need to improve because something more is needed to reach the Champions League,” said Mancini.

Second-placed AC Milan play at Hellas Verona later Sunday looking to close the six-point gap on Inter.

Champions Juventus are just one point behind Milan in third after claiming their seventh straight win at home on Saturday 3-1 against Lazio.