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Cagliari 1-2 Roma

Adem Ljajic puts Roma 1-0 ahead in the 38th minute
Victory for Roma ended a run of four straight draws

Roma narrowed the gap to Serie A leaders Juventus to seven points with a hard-earned win at Cagliari.

Adem Ljajic's finish into the roof of the net from Daniele Verde's neat dink put Roma ahead before half-time.

Debutant Verde was also involved in Roma's second, crossing for Leandro Paredes to fire into the net on the half-volley from just outside the area.

Paul-Jose M'Poku headed a consolation for Cagliari, who lost for the first time at home under Gianfranco Zola.

Victory for Roma ended a run of four straight draws and they are now unbeaten in 12 league games.

After Ljajic opened the scoring in the 37th minute, the hosts missed a number of chances to equalise, Duje Cop spurning the best of those when he shot over from 15 yards with only Morgan De Sanctis to beat.

Paredes put Roma out of reach five minutes from the end before M'Poku's late header reduced arrears with virtually the last touch of the game.

Napoli strengthened their grip on third place with a comfortable 3-1 home win over Udinese.

Dries Mertens and Manolo Gabbiadini put them two in front before Cyril Thereau pulled a goal back. But he then scored an own goal to restore Napoli's two-goal lead.

Fiorentina are a further seven points behind them in fourth. Manuel Pasqual struck a late winner in a 3-2 victory against Atalanta as Chelsea loan signing Mohamed Salah made a winning debut.

Empoli halted a nine-game winless run with a comfortable 2-0 home triumph over struggling Cesena.

Sampdoria and Sassuolo shared a 1-1 draw with Eder cancelling out Francesco Acerbi's early opener.

Line-ups

Cagliari

  • 44Brkic
  • 2GonzálezSubstituted forM'Pokuat 61'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 15RossettiniBooked at 35mins
  • 33Capuano
  • 8Avelar
  • 30Donsah
  • 5Conti
  • 16Dessena
  • 10Geraldino dos Santos GalvãoSubstituted forSauat 78'minutes
  • 20Ekdal
  • 90CopSubstituted forLongoat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Colombi
  • 3Murru
  • 4Crisetig
  • 9Longo
  • 17Farias
  • 18Barella
  • 21Balzano
  • 22Husbauer
  • 25Sau
  • 27Cragno
  • 32Ceppitelli
  • 40M'Poku

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 35Torosidis
  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 23Astori
  • 25HolebasBooked at 79mins
  • 15Pjanic
  • 20Keita
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 53Verde
  • 10TottiSubstituted forSanabriaat 62'minutes
  • 8LjajicBooked at 42minsSubstituted forParedesat 74'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 13Maicon
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 33Spolli
  • 48Ucan
  • 52Pellegrini
  • 56Vestenicky
  • 91Calabresi
  • 92Marchegiani
  • 96Sanabria
Referee:
Paolo Tagliavento
Attendance:
9,961

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Cagliari 1, Roma 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cagliari 1, Roma 2.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 1, Roma 2. Paul-José M'Poku (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danilo Avelar with a cross.

Attempt saved. Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Holebas.

Seydou Keita (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul-José M'Poku (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) header from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danilo Avelar with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Attempt missed. Marco Sau (Cagliari) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniele Dessena with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Paul-José M'Poku (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samuele Longo.

Goal!

Goal! Cagliari 0, Roma 2. Leandro Paredes (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniele Verde with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Samuele Longo replaces Duje Cop.

Booking

Paul-José M'Poku (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Seydou Keita (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul-José M'Poku (Cagliari).

Booking

Leandro Paredes (Roma) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Leandro Paredes (Roma).

Albin Ekdal (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Daniele Verde (Roma) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vasilis Torosidis.

Booking

José Holebas (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by José Holebas (Roma).

Marco Sau (Cagliari) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

Daniele Conti (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cagliari. Marco Sau replaces João Pedro.

Attempt missed. Duje Cop (Cagliari) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Paul-José M'Poku.

Attempt saved. Daniele Verde (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Leandro Paredes replaces Adem Ljajic.

Attempt missed. Godfred Donsah (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Duje Cop.

Seydou Keita (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by João Pedro (Cagliari).

Attempt missed. Daniele Conti (Cagliari) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Albin Ekdal.

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

Danilo Avelar (Cagliari) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Duje Cop (Cagliari).

Offside, Cagliari. Paul-José M'Poku tries a through ball, but Danilo Avelar is caught offside.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Davide Astori.

Attempt saved. Duje Cop (Cagliari) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by João Pedro with a headed pass.

Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Vasilis Torosidis.

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