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Another Mourinho masterclass as Roma rise again in the UEFA Conference League final: Feyenoord vs Roma player ratings

Another Mourinho masterclass as Roma rise again in the UEFA Conference League final: Feyenoord vs Roma player ratings

Roma clung on against a determined Feyenoord to claim their first European trophy and their first silverware under Jose Mourinho as they came out on the right side of a 1-0 scoreline in the inaugural Europa Conference League final in Tirana.

After a relatively quiet opening half an hour, Nicolo Zaniolo produced a rare moment of quality to poke Roma into the lead. Trapping a cross on his chest, the Italian forward deftly lifted the ball over the onrushing Justin Bijlow.

Feyenoord pressed on in response, probing Jose Mourinho’s side, but headed into the break behind and not having created a great deal.

It was a different side that emerged after half time, however, with the Dutch side hitting the woodwork twice in the opening five minutes of the second half. And, while Feyenoord were lucky not to be down to ten men courtesy of a tug on Roma forward Tammy Abraham, who chose not to go down, it was the Eredivisie club that continued to dominate.

However, the rearguard of Roma would not be beaten, and try as they might, Feyenoord could not find a way past Chris Smalling and his fellow defenders, meaning that one goal settled the tie in the end, and handed Roma a priceless piece of silverware.

Feyenoord

Justin Bijlow – 7

Made a pair of big saves and was otherwise untested.

Lutsharel Geertruida – 5

A quiet night for the defender.

Gernot Trauner – 5

Made very little impact on the game, and was substituted late on.

Marcos Senesi – 7

Solid and dependable in the first half, but was very lucky to avoid being sent off minutes into the second.

Tyrell Malacia – 8

Very keen to get forward and clear to see why Manchester United are linked with him. Had an unbelievable strike turned onto the post from 25 yards.

Fredrik Aursnes – 5

Could not get into the game.

Orkun Kocku – 7

Was at the centre of everything good for his side, and it began to fall apart when he was taken off.

Reiss Nelson – 5

The Arsenal loanee was full of running but lacked the necessary composure in key areas, rendering him largely harmless.Another Mourinho masterclass as Roma rise again in the UEFA Conference League final: Feyenoord vs Roma player ratings

Guus Til – 5

Made very little impact and was taken off on the hour mark.

Luis Sinisterra – 5

Lively but ultimately found no end product.

Cyriel Dessers – 4

The competition’s top scorer had a night to forget on the biggest of stages.

Substitutes

Jens Toornstra – 4

Largely anonymous and did little to alter the tie.

Marcus Pedersen – 5

Changed little when he came on.

Bryan Linssen – 5

Changed little when he came on.

Patrick Walemark – N/A

Only on the pitch for the last few minutes.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh – N/A

Only on the pitch for the last few minutes.

AS Roma

Rui Patricio – 7

Made a brilliant save from Malacia in the early knockings of the second half.

Chris Smalling – 8

Kept the tournament top scorer anonymous throughout the game, and was otherwise a colossus at the back.

Roger Ibanez – 7

Made one last-ditch block to bail out Smalling and was otherwise very solid. A senior Brazil call-up cannot be far away.

Gianluca Mancini – 7

Part of a very impressive backline that defended heroically.

Rick Karsdorp – 5

Run ragged by Malacia and couldn’t get forward the other way. Will have better nights.

Bryan Cristante – 6

Solid but unspectacular. A workhorse that Mourinho values in every side.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5

Lasted 15 minutes before injury forced him off. Made no impact in that time.

Lorenzo Pellegrini – 6

Led his side well but spurned a late chance to put the tie to bed.

Nicola Zalewski – 5

Hardly touched the ball and was largely forced to defend. A quiet night.

Nicolo Zaniolo – 7

Opened the scoring with practically the first attempt of the game with a well-taken finish. Was quiet after that and taken off after 65 minutes.

Tammy Abraham – 6

A quiet night for the Englishman, who was given very little service but did very well with what few scraps he got.

Subs:

Sergio Oliveira – 6

Stood out more for his defensive contributions than his offensive ones.

Jordan Veretout – 6

Worked hard in the face of an onslaught of attacks.

Leonardo Spinazzola – 5

Made little impact.

Matias Vina- N/A

Only on the pitch for the last few minutes.

Eldor Shomurodov- N/A

Only on the pitch for the last few minutes.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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