Italian Serie A
ChievoChievo0RomaRoma2
Gervinho

Gervinho scored as Roma beat Chievo to take themselves to within 11 points of leaders Juventus.

The Ivorian's opener came from close range after he intercepted a horrendous weak header back by Bostjan Cesar, who had a loan spell at West Brom in 2007-08.

Mattia Destro doubled the lead late in the first half after slotting home following Rodrigo Taddei's through-ball.

Roma are now six points clear of third-placed Udinese in the race for the final automatic Champions League spot.

Earlier in the day, Torino striker Ciro Immobile scored the first hat-trick of his career in a 3-1 win over Livorno.

He is now the top scorer in Serie A this season with 16, one more than Juventus's Carlos Tevez.

The 24-year-old Italy World Cup hopeful said: "Not even when I was at Pescara did I score three goals in a game. I'm proud to have done it and for all that we have done this season - the team, the manager, the club.

"[Italy coach Cesare] Prandelli knows how much effort I put into everything I do. If he decides to call me up I'll give my all."

Line-ups

Chievo

  • 25Agazzi
  • 17Sardo
  • 21Frey
  • 27Rigoni
  • 3Dainelli
  • 12Cesar
  • 39StoianSubstituted forRubinat 45'minutes
  • 8Radovanovic
  • 43PaloschiSubstituted forPellissierat 59'minutes
  • 9BentivoglioBooked at 39mins
  • 7LazarevicSubstituted forObinnaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Puggioni
  • 2Bernardini
  • 4Machado Dos Santos
  • 5Canini
  • 6Kupisz
  • 10Obinna
  • 14Calello
  • 18Squizzi
  • 23Guarente
  • 31Pellissier
  • 33Rubin
  • 77Théréau

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13SisenandoSubstituted forTorosidisat 45'minutes
  • 46Romagnoli
  • 11Taddei
  • 17BenatiaBooked at 86mins
  • 5Castan da Silva
  • 15Pjanic
  • 44Nainggolan
  • 22DestroSubstituted forFernandes Bastosat 76'minutes
  • 10TottiSubstituted forFlorenziat 60'minutes
  • 27Kouassi

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 2Toloi
  • 3Pires Ribeiro
  • 8Ljajic
  • 20Fernandes Bastos
  • 24Florenzi
  • 28Skorupski
  • 33Jedvaj
  • 35Torosidis
  • 94Ricci
  • 95Mazzitelli
Referee:
Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Attendance:
10,000

Match Stats

Home TeamChievoAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chievo 0, Roma 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chievo 0, Roma 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Bostjan Cesar (Chievo).

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Pellissier (Chievo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

  6. Post update

    Ivan Radovanovic (Chievo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Victor Obinna (Chievo) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  9. Booking

    Mehdi Benatia (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mehdi Benatia (Roma).

  11. Post update

    Sergio Pellissier (Chievo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

  13. Post update

    Luca Rigoni (Chievo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Chievo. Simone Bentivoglio tries a through ball, but Dario Dainelli is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Vasilis Torosidis (Roma).

  17. Post update

    Matteo Rubin (Chievo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mehdi Benatia (Roma) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a cross following a set piece situation.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Michel Bastos replaces Mattia Destro.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Gennaro Sardo (Chievo).