Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez recalls last encounter with Roma

Andy Mattioli

Feyenoord striker Santiago Gimenez reflected on the heated rivalry between the Dutch side and Jose Mourinho’s Roma which dates back to the Conference League final in 2022.

In an interview with Voetbal International, Gimenez looked back on some of the more talked about episodes, including last year’s return leg at Stadio Olimpico, which saw Roma win in ET with a total scoreline of 5-2 on aggregate.

“We played so well and in the 90th minute, with the score at 1-1, we had one foot in the semi-final. Until Paulo Dybala’s goal. Then everything collapsed,” he said.

Gimenez recalled his red card which caused Feyenoord to shut themselves in their own half at the worst time. “Roma’s defenders provoked me throughout the match, but when we made it 1-1 and they were in danger of being eliminated, I never heard from them again. Only during the added time did they start talking again. The match immediately became 2-1 and 3-1, in the end we lost flatteringly 4-1.”

““Go home,” those defenders shouted, “go cry.” They even laughed in our faces. I said to myself: “Ok, then you will go to the semi-final, but with a kick from me to congratulate you”. I immediately understood, of course, that it was a red. My temper had taken over. I let myself go. I let off steam, but it wasn’t smart. A real top striker always controls his emotions. I don’t think it will happen to me again.”

“The absurd thing is that I liked that match anyway: a full-fledged football war. Their coach, José Mourinho, raising hell, their players and their fans going wild. I like it, it’s always like this at De Kuip. Afterwards I went to apologize to Gianluca Mancini. He accepted my apologies and told me that he understood me. If he had been in my place, he would have done the same.”

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