Match ends, Roma 3, Sampdoria 0.
Roma 3-0 Sampdoria
Roma kept their faint Serie A title hopes alive with a comfortable win over 10-man Sampdoria to cut Juventus' lead at the top to nine points.
Mattia Destro opened the scoring, the Italy forward pouncing following a corner at the end of the first half.
Miralem Pjanic doubled the lead with a 30-yard free-kick before Destro added the third following Gervinho's flick.
Sampdoria's night to forget was complete when Daniele Gastaldello was sent off for two bookable offences.
Juventus had earlier opened up a 12-point lead with a 3-1 victory over Chievo, but this win keeps Roma in the hunt.
They have one game in hand on the leaders, who still have to travel to face Roma on 11 May.
The title race could all be over by then, but Rudi Garcia's side are not willing to make it easy for the Old Lady.
Indeed they dominated against mid-table Sampdoria, and should have won by a more handsome margin.
Gervinho was denied by a clearance off the line by Gastaldello when the game was goalless, while Pjanic and Destro also went close before the latter broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval.
The 22-year-old was first to react to a corner swung in from the right.
And two goals in four second-half minutes sealed the points.
Bosnia midfielder Pjanic netted the goal of the game from a long-range free-kick before Destro kept his composure to turn and score following good work by Gervinho.
Sampdoria ended the game with 10 men, Gastaldello earning a second yellow following a clumsy 79th-minute challenge on Radja Nainggolan.
- 26De Sanctis
- 13MaiconSubstituted forRomagnoliat 55'minutes
- 17BenatiaSubstituted forDe Rossiat 73'minutes
- 5Castan da Silva
- 6StrootmanBooked at 45mins
- 22DestroBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBastosat 82'minutes
- 27Yao Kouassi
- 16De Rossi
- 96Di Mariano
- 1Da Costa
- 29De SilvestriBooked at 51mins
- 28GastaldelloBooked at 80mins
- 17PalomboSubstituted forObiangat 64'minutes
- 21SorianoSubstituted forFornasierat 85'minutes
- 15WszolekSubstituted forOkakaat 56'minutes
- 5Fernandes Garcia
- Domenico Celi
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Roma 3, Sampdoria 0.
Attempt missed. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevin Strootman.
Offside, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi tries a through ball, but Alessio Romagnoli is caught offside.
Substitution, Sampdoria. Michele Fornasier replaces Roberto Soriano.
Offside, Roma. Michel Bastos tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Michel Bastos (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vasilis Torosidis.
Substitution, Roma. Michel Bastos replaces Mattia Destro.
Second yellow card to Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria) for a bad foul.
Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria).
Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gervinho.
Attempt blocked. Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Manolo Gabbiadini.
Substitution, Roma. Daniele De Rossi replaces Mehdi Benatia.
Attempt missed. Vasco Regini (Sampdoria) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nenad Krsticic following a set piece situation.
Foul by Mehdi Benatia (Roma).
Stefano Okaka (Sampdoria) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Roma. Conceded by Roberto Soriano.
Attempt blocked. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.
Corner, Roma. Conceded by Nenad Krsticic.