Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, Verona, Italy
28′ El Shaarawy
58′ El Shaarawy
Roma came from behind twice to defeat Chievo 5-3 away at the Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi in Verona to earn a seventh consecutive away victory and move within a point of Serie A leaders Juventus.
Roberto Inglese put Chievo ahead after Roma’s Stephan El Shaarawy cancelled out Lucas Castro’s opener, before Mohamed Salah levelled the scores for the Giallorossi three minutes before the break. However second-half strikes from El Shaarawy, Salah and Edin Džeko made it five for the visitors, despite a late Inglese consolation as Luciano Spalletti’s side closed-in on automatic Champions League qualification.
Chievo started well and went close in the fourth minute when Ivan Radovanović fired an effort from-range that flew just wide.
Three minutes later the visitors went close to taking the lead when Salah exchanged passes with Kevin Strootman before curling an effort at-goal that Stefano Sorrentino did well to palm behind.
In the 15th minute the hosts went ahead when Inglese got ahead of Kostas Manolas to flick-on a cross into the path of Castro, who fired the ball home on the volley.
Three minutes later the Gialloblu went close to a second goal when Inglese pulled the ball back to Valter Birsa, who fired an effort inches wide of the far-post from-range.
In the 28th minute Roma drew level when El Shaarawy latched onto Federico Fazio’s header before rounding Sorrentino and firing home.
However the Giallorossi were only level for nine minutes as Chievo took the lead yet again when Inglese headed home a terrific cross from Birsa past a helpless Wojciech Szczęsny.
Three minutes later the visitors should have levelled the scores when an Antonio Rüdiger cross was headed back across the face of goal by Džeko into the path of Salah, who looked set to head the ball home, but Sorrentino made a fine reaction-save to deny the Egyptian.
However the Egyptian got the better of the Chievo keeper two minutes later when he cut-inside to curl a deflected effort home into the far-post.
Thirteen minutes into the second-half Roma took the lead for the first time in the match. El Shaarawy did very well to control a through-ball from Strootman before firing home past Sorrentino.
Five minutes later the Giallorossi had a good chance to extend their lead when Džeko met a Rüdiger cross with a header, but Sorrentino palmed the effort away.
In the 73rd minute Roma went close to a fourth when substitute Nainggolan found Džeko, who fired an effort that Sorrentino brilliantly tipped behind. The visitors had a good chance from the resulting-corner from Leandro Paredes, which was met by Manolas with a header that Sorrentino palmed away.
Two minutes later Roma scored a fourth when Džeko found Salah, who fired the ball home past a helpless Sorrentino.
In the 80th minute the hosts had a good chance when a Chievo corner was met by Boštjan Cesar but he headed the ball just wide from a free-header.
Two minutes later the visitors made it five when Nainggolan found Džeko, who fired an unstoppable effort from-range that flew into the far-corner.
In the 86th minute the hosts reduced the deficit when a Chievo corner was flicked-on by substitute Sergio Pellissier into the path of Inglese, who tapped home at the back-post.
The result meant that Roma remained in second but now moved onto 84 points, a point behind leaders Juventus while Chievo remained in 13th on 43 points. The victory was also Roma’s seventh consecutive away victory.