Serie A Week 29 - 22 Mar 2014 (19.45 UK)
Chievo 0 - 2 Roma
Gervinho 17 (R), Destro 42 (R)
Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi

First half goals by Gervinho and Mattia Destro were enough to give Roma victory against Chievo at the Bentegodi.

The match opened cagily with the home side happy to defend stubbornly and Roma struggling to find any fluidity to their passing. The Giallorossi however were gifted the lead on 16 minutes in the first incident of any real note.

A long hopeful ball forward should have been dealt with easily by Gialloblu defender Bostjan Cesar. Instead, his tame header back towards goalkeeper Michael Agazzi was easily intercepted by Gervinho, who calmly slotted home to give his side the advantage.

The goal settled the visitors and they then began to show their superiority. Francesco Totti dragged a shot wide from long range on 22 minutes and Gervinho should have done better with a free header from a right wing cross as Rudi Garcia’s side established control.

The home side almost committed footballing suicide once again on the half hour mark after Dario Dainelli’s short back pass let in Mattia Destro, but in rounding Agazzi he took the ball too far out wide and could only hit the side netting with a left foot shot.

Destro would not be denied though and four minutes before half time he got his goal. More slack defending by the home side’s central defensive pairing allowed the forward to find space between the two of them.

Taddei’s perfectly weighted through ball put him though and the 23-year-old made no mistake as he cooly slotted the ball to Agazzi’s left to put his side in complete command.

Chievo boss Eugenio Corini brought on Matteo Rubin at the start of the second half in an attempt to inject some life in his side.

It worked to an extent in the opening five minutes as the home side forced a few corners and showed more attacking intent than they did in the entire first half.

Giallorossi captain Totti, who has only recently returned from injury, was then substituted by Garcia on the hour mark with the Coach perhaps looking to keep him fresh ahead of a busy week.

The Roma players remaining on the pitch were possibly mindful of this too as they proceeded to take their foot off the gas. A slack pass from goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis gifted the ball to substitute Victor Obinna, who twisted and turned before getting a shot away that De Sanctis had to be alert to.

At the other end Gervinho had a low shot easily saved by Agazzi as the visitors were happy to sit on their two goal lead.

Both sides used up all three of their substitutions as the final stages of the game passed without any great incident. Garcia’s men cement their place in second position in the table, while Chievo remain in 16th, just one point and two place above the relegation zone.

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Chievo: Agazzi; Frey, Dainelli, Cesar, Sardo (Rubin 46); Radovanovic, Rigoni, Bentivoglio; Stoian, Paloschi (Pellissier 59), Lazarevic (Obinna 70)
Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon (Torosidis 46), Benatia, Castan, Romagnoli; Nainggolan, Pjanic, Taddei; Totti (Florenzi 60), Gervinho, Destro (Bastos 76)
Ref: Mazzoleni