Roma are alone on top of the table with a perfect record after conquering Sampdoria 2-0 with Gervinho’s first Serie A goal.
The Giallorossi were on Cloud Nine after beating Lazio 2-0 to maintain their 100 per cent record this season. On the other hand, Samp’s confidence was hit hard by a Genoa Derby defeat and they had only two points to their name. Mattia Destro, Michael Bradley and Vasilis Torosidis were still sidelined, while the Blucerchiati missed Eder.
However, Roma had a poor record here, without a win since 2007-08. They rested Francesco Totti with a new front-line of Marquinho, Marco Borriello and Gervinho.
Gianluca Sansone had penalty appeals for a coming together with Leandro Castan, though there really didn’t appear to be much in it. Marquinho’s finishing let him down from a Borriello assist and Douglas Maicon scuffed another chance into the arms of Junior Da Costa.
Samp also had their opportunities, as Gavazzi’s fierce right-foot effort was charged down and Morgan De Sanctis smothered a Manolo Gabbiadini free kick.
Roma were panic-stricken when a dreadful backpass sent Gabbiadini clear, but De Sanctis saved his teammates with a fantastic reaction save when one-on-one.
Maicon pulled up with a thigh injury and made way for Dodo and Coach Rudi Garcia was sent off after the restart.
Gianluca Sansone just failed to get on the end of a Gabbiadini cross and Miralem Pjanic’s long-range effort was not far off target.
Roma threw on Totti and eventually broke the deadlock with a remarkable goal from defender Mehdi Benatia. He dribbled between four Blucerchiati shirts and still managed to finish despite being tripped by Daniele Gastaldello.
Pjanic hit the upright, although he was offside at the time, while Nicola Pozzi nodded over from a Gabbiadini cross.
Gervinho scored his debut Serie A goal when sent clear by Totti, placing a precise angled drive past Da Costa from a tight angle.
Barilla’ got himself sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppages.
Sent off: Barilla' 91 (S)