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Roma come from behind to win 3-2
Roma battled heavy rain to come from 2-1 down to beat Genoese side Sampdoria 3-2, with club legend Francesco Totti scoring a last minute penalty to add to Dzeko and Salah’s goals earlier in the game.
Roma XI: Szczesny; Manolas; Jesus; Peres; Salah; De Rossi; Florenzi; Perotti; Nainggolan; Strootman; El Shaarawy.
Sampdoria XI: Viviano; Regini; Silvestre; Pavlovic; Sala; Torreira; Linetty; Barreto; Alvarez; Muriel; Quagliarella.
Both sides went into the game unbeaten from their first two games of the season, with Roma drawing with Cagliari and beating Udinese while Sampdoria have beaten Empoli and Atalanta. This is despite both sides losing their top midfielders during the summer transfer window, as Roma lost Pjanic to Juventus while Sampdoria sold Fernando to Spartak Moscow.
Early on in the game, Mohamed Salah gave Roma the lead with a simple header at the back post after Diego Perotti’s delicately weighted cross.
However, this lead would only last for ten minutes, as Regini’s lofted pass over the Roma defence found Colombian international Luis Muriel, and his volley was too accurate for Wojciech Szczesny to save, with the finish having shades of Marco Van Basten’s iconic goal in the 1988 European Championships final.
Roma tried to regain the lead, with chances falling to new captain Alessandro Florenzi and Stephan El Shaarawy, however they failed to get the ball past Viviano.
Prior to the game, Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero stated that he would shave his head on live TV if Sampdoria were to beat Roma in the Italian capital, and former Italy international Quagliarella made it one step closer to happening as he scored a tap-in after Szczesny failed to deal with a corner.
At half time, the match was temporarily suspended due to adverse weather conditions, which caused some other games across Italy to be fully postponed.
During the interval, Roma made two attacking substitutions as Edin Dzeko and club icon Francesco Totti came on for Perotti and El Shaarawy, and when play finally resumed the two combined to create the equaliser, as Totti’s trademark intricate through ball was collected by Dzeko who kept a cool head to take it around the keeper and finish into an empty net.
Roma continued to pile on the pressure, and several chances fell to Salah and Dzeko in particular, however a mixture of poor finishing and exceptional goalkeeping by Viviano kept the game at 2-2.
Sampdoria seemed to have secured a point, however in the final minute Dzeko’s sharp turn was too much for the defence to deal with and he was fouled to win a penalty. Francesco Totti took responsibility and his experience paid off as he sent the former Arsenal keeper the wrong way to win the match 3-2.
The win moves Roma up to third, only behind Napoli on goal difference, while Sampdoria’s unbeaten run comes to an end. Roma’s next league game is away at Fiorentina, while Sampdoria host Italian giants AC Milan.