Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova, Italy
Sampdoria inflicted a title-damaging defeat to Scudetto-hopefuls Roma as they came from behind twice to defeat the Giallorossi 3-2 at the Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris in Genova.
Edin Džeko put the visitors in front after Dennis Praet cancelled out Bruno Peres’ opener. However second-half substitute Patrik Schik levelled the scores for the Blucerchiati before a deflected Luis Muriel freekick sealed the victory.
Both sides started well but it was the hosts, who had the first sight of goal and went close in the second minute when Fabio Quagliarella met a Praet cross ahead of Wojciech Szczęsny but his effort flashed wide of the near-post.
Three minutes later the visitors went ahead when Emerson’s powerful strike was parried into the path of Peres by Christian Puggioni, and the Brazilian fired home the rebound.
Four minutes later the visitors should have doubled their lead when Radja Nainggolan sent in a pin-point cross into the path of Džeko, but the Bosnian miscued his header, with the ball coming off his shoulder – producing an easy save for Puggioni.
In the 13th minute the hosts had a great chance to level the scores when Bruno Fernandes was played onside, the Portuguese midfielder had just Szczęsny to beat but the keeper came out to smother the effort.
Seven minutes later the hosts drew level. Muriel beat Thomas Vermaelen with ease before pulling the ball back to Praet, who fired home past Szczęsny.
In the 27th minute the Giallorossi had a good chance when Džeko did well to gather a lofted pass before teeing up Nainggolan, but the Belgian side-footed the ball over the bar.
Ten minutes later the visitors went close again when Nainggolan found the arriving Peres, who fired an effort that Puggioni palmed away.
In the 51st minute the visitors had a good chance when Kevin Strootman found Džeko, who was played onside and had just Puggioni to beat, but he dragged his effort wide.
Eleven minutes later the visitors had another good chance. After a Strootman cross was cleared, the loose ball fell to Nainggolan, who fired a powerful effort that Puggioni saved well.
Four minutes later the Giallorossi went back in front when Emerson’s pull-back found Džeko, who slotted home to beat Puggioni at the near-post.
However the lead lasted barely four minutes as the hosts drew level yet again. Muriel flicked-on a header to substitute Schik, who controlled the ball on his chest before slotting home across Szczęsny.
Three minutes later the hosts surprisingly went ahead when a Muriel freekick took a deflection off the wall to wrong-foot Szczęsny with the ball finding the back of the net.
The Giallorossi thought they had levelled the scores in the 84th minute when substitute Francesco Totti found Džeko, who fired home on the half-volley but the flag was up and the goal was chalked off.
Seconds later Roma had another good chance when Totti found fellow substitute Stephan El Shaarawy who had just Puggioni to beat but the keeper smothered the effort.
In the 89th minute the hosts should have put the game to bed when Emerson slipped, allowing substitute Filip Đuričić through on-goal. The substitute cut-inside to fire a powerful effort that Szczęsny did well to get a hand to, before Antonio Rüdiger headed the ball over his own bar.
In the second of four additional minutes, Roma were given a good chance from a freekick outside the area. Totti stepped up to take the freekick but his well-struck effort was palmed behind by Puggioni.
The result meant that Sampdoria climbed up to 13th on 27 points whilst Roma remained in second on 47 points, missing the chance to close the gap on leaders Juventus to a point before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.