Roma fought back after a shock Benevento opener to win 5-2 and leap into fourth place with Cengiz Under’s brace and assist.
The Giallorossi have leapfrogged rivals Lazio to enter the Champions League spots and remain only one point behind Inter.
Benevento threatened a massive upset by taking the lead with a deflected Guilherme effort at the Stadio Olimpico.
Federico Fazio’s free header from a set play made it 1-1 going into the break, but 20-year-old Turkish talent Cengiz Under took centre stage in the second half.
First he whipped in a splendid cross for the head of Edin Dzeko, then bagged a brace, including his sensational left-foot curler from outside the area.
Bottom of the table Benevento didn’t give in and, with Bacary Sagna making his debut, Enrico Brignola tapped in Cristiano Lombardi’s assist for 4-2.
There was still time for a handling offence in the box and Dzeko generously handed it to Gregoire Defrel to break his Roma duck.
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