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Roma v Feyenoord Live Commentary,
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Both teams end their campaign and will head off into the summer, with Roma basking in their triumph. The two sides will return to European action next season in the Europa League, having qualified domestically for the competition.
Roma secure their first major European trophy by winning the Europa Conference League, defeating Feyenoord 1-0 in Tirana. Nicolo Zaniolo scored the only goal of the game in the first half to earn the crown for his team. The Dutch outfit pushed in the second period and came close twice as Gianluca Mancini almost scored an own goal before Tyrell Malacia was denied by a super stop from Rui Patricio. However, Roma had the nous to see out the contest to lift their first trophy in 14 years.
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FULL-TIME: ROMA 1-0 FEYENOORD
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Pedersen cuts in from the right flank and angles a cross to the back post, but he overhits his delivery out for a goal-kick.
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Spinazzola goes into the book for time-wasting.
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Feyenoord win a free-kick on the right flank that Bijlow runs forward for to attack the set-piece. Roma clear the resulting free-kick with ease and the Feyenoord keeper has to run back.
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CHANCE! Dessers flicks on a long ball forward from Geertruida into the path of Linssen, but he misses his kick at the back post to let Roma off the hook.
There will be five minutes of added time.
Karsdorp is forced off with a groin problem and is replaced by Vina.
Abraham has put in a good shift and is now replaced up front by Shomurodov.
Jahanbakhsh replaces Malacia down the left flank. Malacia came so close to an equaliser for the Dutch side.
Walemark enters the action for the closing stages as he replaces Kokcu.
CHANCE! Pellegrini has the chance to wrap up the game for Roma, but he is denied by Bijlow. Veretout threads the skipper through into the Feyenoord box. He takes a touch before shooting on his left foot, but Bijlow makes a solid stop.
Karsdorp is struggling with an injury and may have to make way here. He continues with groin injury for now.
Patricio takes his time over a goal-kick and is booked for time-wasting.
Pedersen wastes a good crossing position from the right flank, overhitting his delivery out for a goa-kick. Feyenoord cannot be doing that at this stage.
SAVE! Sinisterra cuts inside from the left flank and has space to fire at goal from the edge of the box, but Patricio watches it safely into his hands.
BLOCK! Dessers gets the better of Spinazzola down the right flank and he breaks into the box. He lines up a strike from the inside-left channel, but his effort is blocked by Smalling.
Feyenoord work the ball neatly between Linssen and Dessers in the box before the forward tees up Sinisterra. However, the winger takes one touch too many as he tries to find Malacia and loses out to Mancini.
Smalling continues to edge the battle between Dessers, knocking the ball away from the forward from Sinisterra's offload into the box.
Time is running out for Feyenoord to force the issue. They've played well in the second half, but have not managed to find a way past Patricio.
Trauner makes way at the back for Feyenoord and is replaced by Pedersen.
Nelson is withdrawn for the Dutch side and is replaced by Linssen after a decent outing.
Oliveira lines up a very ambitious strike from distance from a free-kick, but he hammers his effort well over the bar.
SAVE! Spinazzola wins a corner for Roma down the left flank that is taken by Pellegrini. His delivery is cleared as far as Veretout on the edge of the box and the Frenchman rifles a strike towards goal. Bijlow gets down to make a vital save, pushing it away from goal after the ball travelled through a crowd.
Sinisterra takes a neat touch in the final third and offloads to Dessers, but the forward ends the attack with a poor pass that Cristante sweeps up.
OVER! Abraham latches on to a ball over the top from Karsdorp, but under pressure from Senesi, he lifts his eventual strike at goal from the inside-right channel over the bar.
Spinazzola replaces Zalewski down the left flank for the Italian side.
The goalscorer makes way for Roma as he is withdrawn for Veretout to shore up the midfield.
Yellow Card Nicola Zalewski
Roma press back upfield and win a corner. Pellegrini floats a cross to the back post that Zaniolo attacks, but sees his effort blocked by Sinisterra.
WIDE! Malacia causes havoc with another dangerous cross after he seizes on a mistake by Karsdorp. Nelson collects and fires at goal, but the ball deflects off the boot of Ibanez and travels wide of the target.
Feyenoord have had 75.4% possession over the opening 15 minutes of the second half.
Smalling slips under pressure from Dessers, but Ibanez gets back to knock the ball away from the Feyenoord forward before he can convert. Play is halted anyway for a handball by Dessers.
Toornstra replaces Til for Feyenoord in the final third.
BLOCK! Smalling is on hand in the Roma box to deflect a strike from Kokcu away from goal after Malacia's cross is diverted into his path in the inside-left channel.
The game has exploded into life after the restart with the Italian outfit clinging on to their lead in Tirana. Feyenoord have been excellent since the break.
There was a VAR check for the supposed foul by Senesi on Abraham, but there was no action taken against the defender. He can consider himself very fortunate.
Abraham breaks past Senesi following a mistake by the defender and has his arm pulled back by the Feyenoord defender. He stumbles and loses the ball forward, but looks to the referee for a free-kick and a potential red card, but the official is unmoved.
Sinisterra angles a dangerous cross to the back post for the Dutch outfit, but Geertruida on the stretch just cannot reach it to steer a strike towards goal.
WHAT A SAVE! Aursnes produces a sublime backheel for Malacia on the edge of the Roma box. He hammers a strike towards the top-right corner, but Patricio produces a brilliant stop to turn it on to the post and wide.
There is a VAR check for a penalty for handball against Cristante, but the Italian manages to come out of the incident unscathed.
OFF THE POST AND SAVE! Kokcu sends a low cross to the near post that Mancini almost steers into his own net, but the ball clatters off the post. Til latches on to the rebound and fires at goal on the half-volley, only to see his effort pushed past the post by Patricio.
Feyenoord press down the right flank through Nelson and win a corner as Ibanez has to put the ball behind.
We're back under way in Tirana.
Jose Mourinho will be satisfied with his side's performance in the first half. They were clinical when they needed to be and have looked solid at the back. The Portuguese is a master of game management and will be drilling into his players that they are 45 minutes from silverware.
Roma hold a 1-0 lead over Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final. Nicolo Zaniolo put the Italian outfit in front with the first chance of the game, chesting the ball down before guiding a deft strike past Justin Bijlow. Arne Slot's men responded towards the end of the half, but need to improve in the final third to get back into the contest.
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HALF-TIME: ROMA 1-0 FEYENOORD
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SAVE! Kokcu lifts a cross into the box from the right corner that is cleared as far as Til. He goes for a strike on the half-volley, but he sends a tame effort into the ground that Patricio gathers.
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Only Feyenoord's Dessers (11) and Sinisterra (10) have more goal involvements in the Europa Conference League (exc. qualifiers) this season than Roma's Zaniolo (9 - five goals, four assists).
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Malacia floats a cross to the back post for Dessers to attack, but Patricio punches it away and catches Ibanez in the process.
There will be four minutes of added time.
BLOCK! Nelson works a one-two with Dessers on the edge of the Roma box, but his effort is blocked by Mancini on the slide.
Abraham turns on the edge of the Feyenoord box and tries to angle a ball across the pitch to Karsdorp, but it strikes off Zaniolo and bounces into the hands of Bijlow.
Feyenoord has space on the break as Senesi pushes forward from the back. He looks for the run of Malacia in the inside-left channel, but the two players are not on the same page as the ball travels out for a goal-kick.
SAVE! Kokcu lines up a blast from 25 yards at goal, which swerves in the air. The ball strikes Patricio straight in the chest as he fails to make the claim, but he reacts quickly to pounce on the rebound.
Aged 22 years and 327 days, Zaniolo is the youngest Italian to score in a major European final since Alessandro Del Piero scored in the Champions League final for Juventus against Borussia Dortmund in 1997, aged 22 years and 200 days.
Roma work the ball well in the Feyenoord half and Karsdorp has options in the box. However, he sends his delivery straight into the hands of Bijlow.
Pellegrini is the man that gets booked after the melee for dissent to the referee. The Roma skipper has to be careful now.
Smalling and Dessers have an altercation in the box that gets both sets of players involved. The two men need to be separated before the referee brings tensions under under control.
Abraham has probe at the Feyenoord defence looking for a second goal, but Senesi gets back to dispossess the forward before clearing into touch.
Roma have won six out of the eight matches that they have scored first in the Europa Conference League this season.
Mancini angles a cross to the back post that Zaniolo chests down and guides past Bijlow.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! ZANIOLO PUTS ROMA AHEAD!!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The Italian outfit open the scoring with the first chance of the game courtesy of a smart finish from Zaniolo. Mancini floats a cross to the back post that sails over Trauner and is chested down by Zaniolo. He has to react quickly amid the onrushing Bijlow, but he pokes an effort past the Feyenoord keeper which finds the back of the net.
It has been a defensive struggle to date in the contest. Both teams are finding life tough to create chances.
Sinisterra and Til combine in the final third to tee up Dessers for a strike at goal. He connects on his right foot, but his effort is deflected by Mancini and Patricio makes a comfortable claim.
Abraham flicks a long ball forward from Karsdorp towards Pellegrini, but the Roma skipper stumbles in the box and can only watch as it heads behind for a goal-kick.
Trauner wipes out Abraham to stop a Roma counter and goes into the book.
Pellegrini tries to thread a pass through for the run of Zaniolo in the Feyenoord box, but it just evades the forward and travels through to Bijlow.
Sinisterra tries to release Dessers behind the Roma defence, but Smalling makes a vital interception for the Italian outfit.
Zaniolo takes a neat touch away from Senesi and is brought down by the Feyenoord centre-back. Roma win a free-kick, but Senesi avoids a booking.
Roma now have to adjust without one of their key players in the middle of the park. Oliveira has played well for I Lupi this term, but now faces a tough challenge being dropped into the final from the bench.
Mkhitaryan is forced off with an injury and is replaced in the Roma midfield by Oliveira.
Mkhitaryan is down for Roma and appears to be struggling with an injury. He was carrying a knock into the contest and it seems that he will have to make way.
Pellegrini makes a run forward for the Italian side and tries to release Zaniolo through the middle, but his pass is intercepted with ease by Trauner.
Sinisterra and Mancini battle again down the left flank. Mancini appears to pull the shirt of the winger next to the corner flag, but the referee points for a throw-in only.
Sinisterra battles Mancini down the left flank and fends off the defender after a tussle. He delivers a low cross to the near post, but there's no Feyenoord player there to attack the ball as Patricio gathers.
Karsdorp collects on the right flank after Zaniolo makes a burst forward. He lifts a cross to the back post for Abraham to attack, but Geertruida is on hand to clear.
Roma are taking their time to settle into the contest amid the fast start of the Dutch outfit. Mourinho needs his team to find a period of possession.
The Dutch side are getting their foot on the ball in the early stages of the game and are pressing Roma back to the edge of their own box.
Feyenoord probe down the left flank and Malacia lifts a cross into the box for Dessers to attack, but Ibanez is alert to clear the danger.
We're under way in the Europa Conference League final.
Roma have reached the final of a UEFA competition for the third time in their history and the first in the 21st century; they lost the European Cup in 1983/84 against Liverpool in the penalty shootout and the UEFA Cup in 1990/91 against Inter Milan (1-2 on aggregate in a home and away tie).
Feyenoord have made four changes to their side that was beaten by FC Twente in their last outing in Eredivisie. Bijlow reclaims his place between the sticks ahead of Marciano. Malacia and Trauner return to the back four, while Nelson is given the nod to start in the final third.
Mourinho has made five changes to his side from their win over Torino. Smalling comes into the back three in place of Kambulla, while Karsdorp gets the nod ahead of Spinazzola. Mkhitaryan, Zaniolo and Cristante also come back into the fold for I Lupi.
FEYENOORD SUBS: Valentin Alexandru Cojocaru, Ofir Marciano, Thijs Jansen, Marcus Pedersen, Jorrit Hendrix, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Bryan Linssen, Philippe Sandler, Patrik Walemark, Ramon Hendriks, Jens Toornstra, Denzel Hall.
FEYENOORD (4-2-3-1): Justin Bijlow; Lutsharel Geertruida, Gernot Trauner, Marcos Senesi, Tyrell Malacia; Fredrik Aursnes, Orkun Kokcu; Reiss Nelson, Guus Til, Luis Sinisterra; Cyriel Dessers.
ROMA SUBS: Daniel Fuzato, Matias Vina, Carles Perez, Eldor Shomurodov, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Jordan Veretout, Marash Kumbulla, Sergio Oliveira, Leonardo Spinazzola, Edoardo Bove, Felix Afena-Gyan, Stephan El Shaarawy.
ROMA (3-5-2): Rui Patricio; Chris Smalling, Ibanez, Gianluca Mancini; Rick Karsdorp, Bryan Cristante, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nicola Zalewski, Lorenzo Pellegrini; Tammy Abraham, Nicolo Zaniolo.
Feyenoord are in a similar position to Roma having already qualified for the Europa League next season by finishing third in Eredivisie. However, Arne Slot will be chasing silverware and to earn a major feather in the cap of the Dutch outfit by topplling Roma tonight. Feyenoord overcame Marseille in the last four of the competition, holding their composure in the second leg with a 0-0 draw after winning the first 3-2. It will take a strong performance from the club tonight to deliver a rare European crown.
Roma edged out Leicester City in the last round of the competition to secure their spot in the inaugural Europa Conference League final. Tammy Abraham's strike at the Stadio Olimpico was enough to claim a 2-1 aggregate victory. Jose Mourinho and his team will be desperate to end the campaign with silverware, even though they already earned a place in the Europa League for next term. I Lupi finished sixth in Serie A after beating Torino on the final day of the season, and Mourinho will be eyeing a similar effort tonight.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Europa Conference League final between Roma and Feyenoord at the Air Albania Stadium.