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UEFA Europa League: AS Roma - KAA Gent Match press kits

UEFA Europa League - 2019/20 SeasonMatch press kits

AS RomaAS RomaStadio Olimpico - RomeThursday 20 February 2020
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Round of 32, First leg
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Europa League
06/08/2009QR3KAA Gent - AS Roma1-7
agg: 2-10
GhentSmolders 78; Totti 35, 56, 64 (P), De Rossi 58, 74, Ménez 79, Okaka 86
30/07/2009QR3AS Roma - KAA Gent3-1
RomeTotti 55, 73 (P), Vučinić 85; Leye 22
AS Roma1100110000002200102
KAA Gent1001100100002002210

AS Roma - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

23/02/2006R3AS Roma - Club Brugge2-1
agg: 4-2
RomeMancini 55, Bovo 71; Verheyen 60
15/02/2006R3Club Brugge - AS Roma1-2
BrugesPortillo 61; Vanaudenaerde 44 (og), Perrotta 74
UEFA Champions League
22/10/2002GS1AS Roma - KRC Genk0-0Rome
02/10/2002GS1KRC Genk - AS Roma0-1
GenkCassano 81
UEFA Champions League
30/10/2001GS1AS Roma - RSC Anderlecht1-1RomeDelvecchio 52; Mornar 11
19/09/2001GS1RSC Anderlecht - AS Roma0-0Brussels
31/10/1995R2KSC Eendracht Aalst - AS Roma0-0
agg: 0-4
17/10/1995R2AS Roma - KSC Eendracht Aalst4-0
RomeMoriero 5, Cappioli 51, Balbo 69, Totti 77
20/03/1991QFRSC Anderlecht - AS Roma2-3
agg: 2-6
BrusselsKooiman 73, Lamptey 82; Völler 24, 57, 70
06/03/1991QFAS Roma - RSC Anderlecht3-0
RomeDesideri 44, Völler 73, Giannini 75
10/12/1975R3AS Roma - Club Brugge0-1
agg: 0-2
RomeLambert 69
26/11/1975R3Club Brugge - AS Roma1-0
BrugesCools 42

KAA Gent - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

KAA Gent have not played against a club from their opponents' country

AS Roma74217421000014842269
KAA Gent1001100100002002210

Last updated 17/12/2019 10:36CET

Match background Only this chapter

Roma's fourth appearance in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 brings them up against Gent, a team they put ten goals past when the clubs met in the qualifying phase of the competition's inaugural season.

• Roma qualified as Group J runners-up on nine points, one behind section winners İstanbul Başakşehirspor, against whom they managed their only wins, scoring seven goals and conceding none in the two matches against the Turkish side (4-0 h, 3-0 a). Gent, meanwhile, topped Group I with 12 points, finishing undefeated ahead of Wolfsburg, Saint-Étienne and debutants Olexandriya.

Meet the Europa League last 32

Previous meetings
• The clubs' only previous European engagement, in the third qualifying round of the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League, was a one-sided affair, with Roma beating Gent 3-1 at home and 7-1 away. That second-leg result remains Roma's biggest European away win and Gent's joint heaviest European home defeat. The Belgian club have no other previous experience of Italian opposition.

• Roma lost their first two UEFA competition matches to Belgian opposition, 0-1 away and at home against Club Brugge in the third round of the 1975/76 UEFA Cup, but are unbeaten in the 12 games since then (W8 D4), six of them at home (W4 D2).

Highlights: Roma 2-2 Wolfsberg

Form guide
• Roma finished sixth in last season's Serie A, missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification for the first time in six years. They were defeated 4-3 on aggregate after extra time by Porto in the 2018/19 round of 16 having reached the previous season's semi-finals.

• The Giallorossi's third participation in the UEFA Europa League group stage, like the previous two, ended in qualification for the knockout phase, although unlike in 2009/10 and 2016/17 they did not top their group. Late goals were conceded in drawing at home and losing away to Borussia Mönchengladbach and they could only manage two draws against Wolfsberg, allowing the Austrian debutants to come from behind twice at the Stadio Olimpico on Matchday 6 when victory would have enabled them to finish ahead of İstanbul Başakşehir.

• The Rome club lost their first UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie, going out to Panathinaikos in 2009/10 (2-3 a, 2-3 h), but have won the other two, eliminating Feyenoord in 2014/15 (1-1 h, 2-1 a) and Villarreal in 2016/17 (4-0 a, 0-1 h).

• A 0-2 defeat against holders Real Madrid in last season's UEFA Champions League is the only one of their last 14 European fixtures in the Italian capital that Roma have lost, winning ten. In the UEFA Europa League knockout phase, however, their home record is W1 D1 L3 with no Stadio Olimpico victories in the round of 32.

Highlights: Gent 2-1 Olexandriya

• Fifth in the 2018/19 Belgian top flight, and also runners-up in the domestic cup, Gent qualified for Europe for the fifth successive season, extending the longest sequence in the club's history.

• Ousted in the qualifying phase of the UEFA Europa League in each of the past two seasons, they came through three ties to reach the group stage this term, defeating Viitorul, AEK Larnaca and Rijeka. A win and a draw against each of their Group I rivals saw them comfortably through to the knockout phase, the highlight a come-from-behind 3-1 victory at Wolfsburg on Matchday 4.

• Gent won their only previous UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie, in 2016/17, beating Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at home and drawing 2-2 at Wembley before going out in the next round to fellow Belgian side Genk.

• Gent are unbeaten in six away matches in the UEFA Europa League proper (W2 D4), having failed to win any of their first five (D1 L4). Their only European defeat this term, home or away, came in the second leg of the second qualifying round, 1-2 at Viitorul, since when they have won five and drawn five of their ten fixtures.

Highlights: İstanbul Başakşehir 0-3 Roma

Links and trivia
• Gent midfielder Sven Kums played 29 Serie A games for Udinese in 2016/17. He faced Roma once, a 0-1 home defeat in which Edin Džeko scored the only goal.

• Mikael Lustig played for Sweden in the 0-0 draw in Milan against Alessandro Florenzi's Italy that qualified his country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Azzurri's expense.

• Gent were one of only two teams to come through this season's UEFA Europa League group stage unbeaten, together with Group K winners Braga.

Highlights: St-Étienne 0-0 Gent

The coaches
• Paulo Fonseca was appointed as the Roma head coach on 11 June 2019. He arrived in the Eternal City having won the Ukrainian league and cup double in each of his three seasons with Shakhtar Donetsk, where he had replaced the long-serving Mircea Lucescu in 2016. A central defender of modest repute, he paid his dues as a coach in his native Portugal, first making his mark at Paços de Ferreira then joining Porto in 2013 before winning his first major trophy, the 2015/16 Portuguese Cup, with Braga.

• A tall striker who spent most of his playing career in his native Denmark with OB and Esbjerg but also had short spells in Germany, Austria and Norway, Jess Thorup has lately become one of his country's most upwardly mobile coaches. After a two-year stint in charge of the Danish Under-21 side he became Midtjylland's head coach in 2015 and steered the Jutland club to the Superliga title in 2017/18. That prompted interest from abroad and he was recruited in October 2018 by Gent, whom he guided to a runners-up spot in the Belgian Cup and a fifth-placed finish in the league in his first season.


Team facts Only this chapter

AS Roma
Nickname: Giallorossi (Red and Yellows)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Cup: (1984)
• UEFA Cup: (1991)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 3 (2001)
Italian Cup: 9 (2008)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Champions League round of 16
UEFA Champions League semi-finals
round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
UEFA Champions League round of 16
round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
did not participate in UEFA competition
did not participate in UEFA competition
UEFA Champions League round of 16
round of 32

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
twice, most recently v Gorica
28/09/00, UEFA Cup first round second leg

• Biggest away win
1-7: Gent v Roma
06/08/09, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg

• Heaviest home defeat
1-7: Roma v Bayern München
21/10/14, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
7-1: Manchester United v Roma
10/04/07, UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
7-0 twice, most recently v Gorica (see above)

• Biggest away win
Gent v Roma (see above)

• Heaviest home defeat
0-3: Roma v Fiorentina
19/03/15, round of 16 second leg

• Heaviest away defeat
3-0: Karlsruhe v Roma
15/10/96, second round first leg


KAA Gent
Nickname: De Buffalos (The Buffalos)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Intertoto Cup: (2006), (2007)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League titles: 1 (2015)
Belgian Cup: 3 (2010)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Europa League unless indicated otherwise)
2018/19: play-offs
third qualifying round
round of 16
UEFA Champions League round of 16
did not take part in UEFA competition
did not take part in UEFA competition
third qualifying round
did not take part in UEFA competition
2010/11: group stage (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
third qualifying round

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
5-0: Gent v Viitorul Constanța
28/07/16, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-4 twice, most recently v Shkëndija
25/08/16, play-off second leg

• Biggest home defeat
1-7: Gent v Roma
06/08/09, UEFA Europa League third qualifying round second leg
0-6: Gent v Ajax
12/09/00, UEFA Cup first round first leg

• Biggest away defeat
7-1: Paris Saint-Germain v Gent
01/08/01, UEFA Intertoto Cup semi-final second leg

UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League
• Biggest home win
5-0: Gent v Viitorul Constanța (see above)

• Biggest away win
0-4: Shkëndija v Gent (see above)

• Biggest home defeat
1-7: Gent v Roma (see above)
0-6: Gent v Ajax (see above)

• Biggest away defeat
5-0: Shakhtar Donetsk v Gent
20/10/16, group stage


Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

AS Roma

  • UEFA Europa League - Group stage
    Group J - Group Standings
    İstanbul Başakşehir63127910
    AS Roma62311269
    VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach6222698
    Wolfsberger AC6123785
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    AS Roma 4-0 İstanbul Başakşehir
    1-0 Júnior Caiçara 42 (og) , 2-0 Džeko 58, 3-0 Zaniolo 71, 4-0 Kluivert 90+3
    Pau López, Cristante (72 Veretout), Juan Jesus, Džeko (74 N. Kalinić), Kolarov, Fazio, Zaniolo, Pastore (64 Lorenzo Pellegrini), Spinazzola, Diawara, Kluivert
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    Wolfsberger AC 1-1 AS Roma
    0-1 Spinazzola 27, 1-1 Liendl 51
    Mirante, Cristante (82 Veretout), Santon, N. Kalinić, Fazio, Zaniolo, Mancini, Pastore (77 Antonucci), Spinazzola (80 Kolarov), Diawara, Kluivert
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    AS Roma 1-1 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
    1-0 Zaniolo 32, 1-1 Stindl 90+5 (P)
    Pau López, Smalling, Džeko, Kolarov, Fazio, Veretout, Zaniolo (77 Antonucci), Mancini, Pastore (62 Perotti), Spinazzola, Kluivert (84 Florenzi)
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 AS Roma
    1-0 Fazio 35 (og) , 1-1 Fazio 64, 2-1 Thuram 90+5
    Pau López, Smalling, Džeko, Kolarov, Santon, Fazio, Veretout, Zaniolo (77 Cengiz Ünder), Mancini (59 Diawara), Pastore (80 Perotti), Kluivert
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    İstanbul Başakşehir 0-3 AS Roma
    0-1 Veretout 30 (P) , 0-2 Kluivert 41, 0-3 Džeko 45+1
    Pau López, Smalling, Lorenzo Pellegrini (71 Cengiz Ünder), Džeko (71 Mkhitaryan), Kolarov (53 Spinazzola), Santon, Veretout, Zaniolo, Mancini, Diawara, Kluivert
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    AS Roma 2-2 Wolfsberger AC
    1-0 Perotti 7 (P) , 1-1 Florenzi 10 (og) , 2-1 Džeko 19, 2-2 Weissman 64
    Mirante (62 Pau López), Perotti (66 Zaniolo), Džeko, Cengiz Ünder (66 Lorenzo Pellegrini), Fazio, Veretout, Mancini, Florenzi, Spinazzola, Diawara, Mkhitaryan
  • Round of 32
    Matchday 7 (20/02/2020)
    AS Roma-KAA Gent
  • Matchday 8 (27/02/2020)
    KAA Gent-AS Roma

KAA Gent

  • UEFA Europa League - Second qualifying round
    KAA Gent 6-3 FC Viitorul
    1-0 Asare 4, 2-0 Dejaegere 13, 2-1 Mladen 21, 3-1 Kubo 35, 4-1 Yaremchuk 42 (P) , 5-1 Kubo 45, 6-1 Yaremchuk 50, 6-2 Țîru 56, 6-3 Țîru 61
    Kaminski, Rosted (70 Mohammadi), Owusu, Yaremchuk, Odjidja, David, Dejaegere (62 Castro-Montes), Asare, Lustig, Kubo (62 Beridze), Plastun
  • (01/08/2019)
    FC Viitorul 2-1 KAA Gent (agg: 5-7)
    0-1 Yaremchuk 38, 1-1 Iancu 47 (P) , 2-1 Iancu 61 (P)
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (88 Sylla), Odjidja, David, Dejaegere (57 Verstraete), Asare, Lustig, Kubo (59 Bezus), Plastun
  • Third qualifying round
    AEK Larnaca FC 1-1 KAA Gent
    0-1 Yaremchuk 26, 1-1 Tričkovski 88
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (62 Depoitre), Odjidja, David, Dejaegere (56 Verstraete), Asare, Lustig, Kubo (78 Castro-Montes), Plastun
  • (15/08/2019)
    KAA Gent 3-0 AEK Larnaca FC (agg: 4-1)
    1-0 Depoitre 64, 2-0 David 90+3, 3-0 David 90+6
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (88 Verstraete), Odjidja, David, Dejaegere, Asare, Lustig, Depoitre (81 Castro-Montes), Plastun
  • Play-off
    KAA Gent 2-1 HNK Rijeka
    0-1 Halilović 39, 1-1 Depoitre 57, 2-1 Depoitre 71
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (83 Verstraete), Odjidja, David (89 Kubo), Dejaegere (63 Bezus), Asare, Lustig, Depoitre, Plastun
  • (29/08/2019)
    HNK Rijeka 1-1 KAA Gent (agg: 2-3)
    1-0 Puljić 32, 1-1 Plastun 33
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Odjidja, David, Dejaegere, Asare, Lustig, Kums (78 Castro-Montes), Depoitre (80 Kvilitaia), Plastun
  • Group stage
    Group I - Group Standings
    KAA Gent633011712
    VfL Wolfsburg63219711
    AS Saint-Étienne6042684
    FC Olexandriya60336103
    Matchday 1 (19/09/2019)
    KAA Gent 3-2 AS Saint-Étienne
    1-0 David 2, 1-1 Khazri 38, 2-1 David 43, 3-1 Perrin 64 (og) , 3-2 Kaminski 75 (og)
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (81 Bronn), Odjidja, David (94 Kvilitaia), Asare, Lustig, Kums (93 Dejaegere), Depoitre, Plastun
  • Matchday 2 (03/10/2019)
    FC Olexandriya 1-1 KAA Gent
    0-1 Depoitre 6, 1-1 Sitalo 60
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (89 Kubo), Odjidja, David, Asare, Lustig, Kums, Depoitre (85 Kvilitaia), Plastun
  • Matchday 3 (24/10/2019)
    KAA Gent 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg
    0-1 Weghorst 3, 0-2 Victor 24, 1-2 Yaremchuk 41, 2-2 Yaremchuk 90+4
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu (60 Bezus), Yaremchuk, Odjidja, David, Asare, Lustig, Kums (87 Dompé), Depoitre (73 Kvilitaia), Plastun
  • Matchday 4 (07/11/2019)
    VfL Wolfsburg 1-3 KAA Gent
    1-0 Victor 20, 1-1 Yaremchuk 50, 1-2 Depoitre 65, 1-3 Ngadeu-Ngadjui 76
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (81 Castro-Montes), Odjidja, David, Asare, Lustig, Kums, Depoitre (91 Kvilitaia), Plastun
  • Matchday 5 (28/11/2019)
    AS Saint-Étienne 0-0 KAA Gent
    Kaminski, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Owusu, Yaremchuk (71 Kvilitaia), Odjidja, Mohammadi, David (80 Dejaegere), Lustig, Kums, Depoitre (78 Castro-Montes), Plastun
  • Matchday 6 (12/12/2019)
    KAA Gent 2-1 FC Olexandriya
    1-0 Depoitre 7, 2-0 Depoitre 16, 2-1 Miroshnichenko 54
    Kaminski, Owusu, Yaremchuk (73 Chakvetadze ), Odjidja, Bezus (80 Dompé), Castro-Montes, Asare, Lustig, Kums, Depoitre (92 Kvilitaia), Plastun
  • Round of 32
    Matchday 7 (20/02/2020)
    AS Roma-KAA Gent
  • Matchday 8 (27/02/2020)
    KAA Gent-AS Roma

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • QUAL: All UEFA qualifiers
  • UEL: Current season total UEFA Europa League appearances from the group stage onwards prior to the current matchday
  • UEL: Total appearances in the UEFA Europa League, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
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