Marco Borriello needed a late goal to get the better of Chievo, but Roma became the first team ever to win the opening 10 Serie A games.
The Giallorossi had the opportunity to make history, as no side had kept a 100 per cent record at the end of Week 10. Rudi Garcia’s men had already matched the nine in a row set by Juventus in 2005-06, but Francesco Totti, Gervinho and the suspended Douglas Maicon missed out. Chievo were bottom of the table after five straight defeats, Bostjan Cesar sat out a ban and Cyril Thereau wasn’t even on the bench due to a last-minute injury. However, they beat Roma twice last season.
Gennaro Sardo was just returning from suspension, but was booked for a very high foot that caught Dodo in the head.
Christian Puggioni punched away a fierce Kevin Strootman strike from distance, though Leandro Castan was booked and will be suspended for the next match with Torino.
Daniele De Rossi couldn’t keep his header on target, while Marquinho’s angled drive flashged wide and an Adem Ljajic cross-shot was charged down by Claiton dos Santos.
The second half continued in the same vein and Garcia had to shake the game up, introducing Alessandro Florenzi for Marquinho.
Miralem Pjanic and De Rossi had shots charged down by a crowd of yellow shirts in quick succession, while the captain couldn’t get enough purchase on to a header.
Just as the Stadio Olimpico crowd was starting to get nervous, Roma found the breakthrough. Florenzi combined with Pjanic down the left and hooked a cross for Borriello’s diving header from six yards. It was the centre-forward’s first goal of the season and he hadn’t netted in Serie A for Roma since May 2011.
Chievo threatened an equaliser when Morgan De Sanctis spilled a Luca Rigoni shot from the edge of the box and Mehdi Benatia would’ve given away a penalty for the follow-up tackle had Alberto Paloschi not been offside.
Borriello almost had a second, but Nicolas Frey threw himself at the angled drive to block at the near post. Ljajic tried to score directly from a free kick at an acute angle, but Christian Puggioni palmed it out from under the bar.