Defeated in the first group match by Ludogorets (1-2), the Romans had revenge to take in front of their home crowd against Helsinki. Faced with the Finns reduced to 10 after fifteen minutes of play and the expulsion of Miro Tenho, they nevertheless had great difficulty in making the difference. It took José Mourinho bringing in Paulo Dybala at the break for the match to unblock.
The Argentinian opened the scoring two minutes after coming into play (47th). Captain Lorenzo Pellegrini, passer on Dybala's goal, then quickly doubled the lead (49th) and Roma recorded a comfortable success thanks to a new achievement from Andrea Belotti (68th).
In the other Group C match, Betis Sevilla beat Ludogorets (3-2) to take the lead in the group with six points. The club of Frenchman Nabil Fékir, injured and absent from the match sheet, won in particular thanks to a jewel from its captain Joaquin, 41, author of a sublime strike from outside the penalty area.