Stadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova, Italy
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FT: The result means that Sampdoria climb up to 13th on 27 points whilst Roma remain 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.
FT: The visitors created a number of good chances in the second-half with Džeko first firing wide from a through-ball before Nainggolan had a powerful effort saved by Puggioni. After Džeko put the Giallorossi ahead it looked as though they would go on to win the game. However two quick-fire goals from Sampdoria made it difficult. Džeko spurned another great chance when his tame header produced an easy save before Puggioni before the flag denied the Bosnian a fine half-volley. El Shaarawy also wasted a good opportunity when he was played one-on-one with the keeper, who smothered his effort. Totti almost made it a fairy-tale ending but his well-struck freekick was saved well by Puggioni.
FT: Sampdoria didn’t create many chances in the second-half but were more clinical in the final third than their opponents, taking advantage of some poor Roma defending to score two fine goals with substitute Schik firing home before Muriel’s freekick deflected home. Đuričić could have made it three late-on but Szczęsny and Rüdiger were on-hand to deny the substitute.
FT: So Sampdoria come from behind twice to defeat Roma.
90’+5′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.
90’+4′ Džeko is caught offside.
90’+3′ Torreira wins a freekick.
90’+2′ The corner is cleared.
90’+2′ Close!! Totti’s freekick is palmed behind by Puggioni.
90’+1′ The freekick is blocked before Totti is fouled again.
90′ Totti receives a yellow card for a push.
90′ Džeko wins a freekick in a good position.
90′ There will be four additional minutes.
90′ The corner comes to nothing.
89′ Chance!! Emerson slips allowing Đuričić through on-goal, the substitute cuts-inside to fire an effort that Szczęsny smothers before Rüdiger heads the ball over his own bar.
88′ Paredes wins a freekick.
87′ El Shaarawy beats his man before overhitting a cross.
87′ Emerson wins a freekick.
86′ Final Roma change sees Leandro Paredes replace Vermaelen.
85′ The freekick comes to nothing.
85′ Džeko wins a freekick in a good position.
84′ Chance!! Totti finds El Shaarawy who has just Puggioni to beat but the keeper comes out to smother the effort.
Disallowed goal!! Totti finds Džeko, who volleys home on the half-volley but the flag is up and the goal is chalked off.
83′ Final Sampdoria change sees Filip Đuričić replace Muriel.
81′ Chance!! An Emerson cross finds Džeko but his header is tame and Puggioni makes an easy save.
80′ The corner eventually comes to nothing.
79′ Rüdiger concedes a corner.
78′ Schik wins a freekick in a good positon.
78′ Puggioni gathers the corner.
77′ Double substitution for Roma sees Francesco Totti and Stephan El Shaarawy replace De Rossi and Peres.
76′ Perotti wins a corner.
73′ Goal!! Muriel’s freekick takes a deflection off the wall to wrong-foot Szczęsny and put the hosts ahead.
71′ Schik wins a freekick in a good position after a cynical foul from Rüdiger.
71′ The delivery is cleared.
70′ Roma win a corner.
70′ Goal!! Muriel flicks-on a header to Schik, who controls the ball on his chest before slotting home across Szczęsny.
69′ Vermaelen concedes a corner.
68′ Second Sampdoria change sees Patrik Schick replace Fernandes.
66′ Goal!! Emerson does well to pull the ball back to Džeko, who slots home to beat Puggioni at the near-post.
64′ Puggioni claims the delivery.
64′ Perotti wins a corner.
64′ Perotti wins a freekick in a good position.
62′ Chance!! After a Strootman cross is cleared the loose ball falls to Nainggolan, who fires an effort that Puggioni saves well.
61′ First Sampdoria change sees Praet replaced by Karol Linetty.
60′ Puggioni receives a yellow card for dissent.
60′ Quagliarella fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.
59′ Džeko is caught offside.
58′ Nainggolan is penalised for a foul on Fernandes.
58′ The corner is dealt with by the hosts.
57′ Puggioni cannot prevent the ball from going behind and Roma have a corner.
53′ Perotti wins a freekick.
52′ Rüdiger is penalised for a foul.
51′ Chance!! Strootman finds Džeko, who is played onside and has just Puggioni to beat, but he drags his effort wide.
50′ The freekick comes to nothing.
50′ Vermaelen receives a yellow card for a foul on Muriel and concedes a freekick in a dangerous position.
48′ The delivery is cleared to Peres, who fires the loose ball harmlessly over the bar.
47′ Perotti wins a corner.
45′ Sampdoria get the second-half underway.
HT: The next goal will be crucial and if Sampdoria get it, there could be a surprise on our hands and Roma will be forced to attack. If Roma get it, they could sit back and defend or add to their tally. So will it be Sampdoria or Roma to find the next goal? Join us again for the second-half.
HT: Sampdoria have done well to press the Giallorossi and force them into mistakes but they have to be more clinical in front of goal given they’re facing a side that have the players, who can change the complexion of the game. They will need to keep up their levels of high intensity throughout the 90 minutes which is easier said, than done. Roma have been sloppy in possession and need to get Perotti and Džeko more involved in the game if they are to create clear-cut chances. Francesco Totti and Stephan El Shaarawy are on the bench if their performances fail to improve.
HT: Roma should have doubled their lead since going ahead through Peres’ rebound. Džeko spurned a great chance when he miscued a header from a Nainggolan cross and the hosts capitalised. Džeko then teed up Nainggolan, who fired over when he should have at least hit the target. Nainggolan then teed up Peres, but this time Puggioni denied the Brazilian before Nainggolan fired over the bar from a tight-angle.
HT: The hosts have created a number of good chances with Quagliarella first firing just wide at the near-post. Muriel also had a good chance when he got inside the area, but he opted to find a teammate instead of going for goal. Fernandes then had a great chance but Szczęsny came out to smother his effort well. Muriel then fired an effort wide before Fernandes fired an effort just over the bar. The goal was coming and it came when Praet fired home after Muriel’s pull-back. Muriel then volleyed wide from Praet’s pass, soon after.
HT: So we’re level at the break with a goal apiece for both sides.
45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
44′ De Rossi’s delivery is met by Rüdiger, who heads goalwards but the referee had already blown for a foul on Puggioni by the German defender.
43′ Emerson wins a freekick in a good position.
41′ Close!! Nainggolan fires an effort just over the bar from a tight-angle.
41′ The delivery is taken short to Bereszyński but his cross is gathered by Szczęsny.
40′ Fernandes wins a corner.
38′ The corner is cleared.
38′ Close!! Peres loses possession and the hosts work the ball well before a low cross from the right pin-balls before Vermaelen concedes the corner, it could have gone anywhere.
37′ Fernandes curls an effort wide of the target via a deflection for a corner.
37′ Chance!! Nainggolan finds the arriving Peres, who fires an effort that Puggioni palms away.
34′ De Rossi is penalised for a foul on Fernandes.
30′ The delivery is cleared by the hosts.
30′ Perotti wins a corner.
28′ Torreira receives a yellow card for a cynical foul on Perotti.
27′ Chance!! Džeko does well to gather a lofted pass before teeing up Nainggolan, who side-foots the ball over the bar.
27′ Chance!! Muriel latches onto a lofted Praet pass to volley wide of the near-post.
21′ Peres wins a freekick.
20′ Goal!! Muriel beats Vermaelen and pulls the ball back to Praet, who fires home past Szczęsny.
19′ Close!! Quagliarella finds Fernandes, who fires an effort just over the bar from the edge of the area.
18′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.
17′ Fernandes wins a corner.
16′ Praet wins a freekick.
13′ Chance!! Peres loses possession and Praet finds Muriel, who fires an effort just wide of the near-post.
13′ The corner is dealt with by the visitors.
13′ Chance!! Fernandes is played onside and has just Szczęsny to beat but the keeper comes out to smother the effort at the expense of a corner.
11′ Nainggolan is caught offside.
10′ Close!! Muriel surges forward, cuts-inside and looks to shoot but instead opts to find Fernandes but Szczęsny comes out to intercept the pass.
9′ Chance!! Nainggolan sends in a pin-point cross into the path of Džeko, but he miscues his header and Puggioni makes an easy save from the tame effort.
8′ Chance!! Nainggolan cuts-inside to fire an effort that Puggioni saves with ease.
5′ Fernandes is penalised for a foul.
5′ Goal!! Emerson fires a powerful effort that Puggioni parries into the path of Peres, who fires home the rebound.
2′ Chance!! Quagliarella meets a Praet cross ahead of Szczęsny but his effort flashes wide of the near-post.
0′ Roma get the game underway.
U.C. Sampdoria: Christian Puggioni (GK), Vasco Regini, Milan Škriniar, Matías Silvestre, Bartosz Bereszyński, Dennis Praet, Lucas Torreira, Édgar Barreto, Bruno Fernandes, Fabio Quagliarella, Luis Muriel
A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Thomas Vermaelen, Federico Fazio, Antonio Rüdiger, Emerson, Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi, Bruno Peres, Diego Perotti, Radja Nainggolan, Edin Džeko