SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 6 - 26 Sep 2015 (17.00 UK)
Roma 5 - 1
Manolas 24 (R), Pjanic 28 (R), Gervinho 30 (R), Borriello 34 (C), Salah 51 (R), Digne 68 (R)
Stadio Olimpico

Roma put crisis talk behind them with a 5-1 demolition of Carpi, though Francesco Totti and Seydou Keita went off injured.

Rudi Garcia was already under pressure after one point from two games against Sassuolo and Sampdoria, but missed Alessandro Florenzi, Antonio Rudiger, Iago Falque, Wojciech Szczesny and Kevin Strootman. Visitors Carpi were fresh from holding Napoli 0-0, but had Jerry Mbakogu, Nicolas Spolli, Kamil Wilczek, Francesco Benussi, Luca Marrone and Lorenzo Lollo injured.

Seydou Keita nodded a corner over after just three minutes, while Edin Dzeko fired straight at Zeljko Brkic after turning Gagliolo.

However, Carpi should’ve scored with their first foray into the other half on 17 minutes, as Marco Borriello surged forward and was denied by a Morgan De Sanctis fingertip save at the near post. Kostas Manolas also had to run across for a risky challenge in the box on Gabriel Silva.

Keita picked up an injury during that Borriello chance and was replaced by William Vainqueur, making his debut for Roma.

Dzeko ran on to a splendid Miralem Pjanic pass only to be closed down by the goalkeeper, but Roma broke through on the resulting corner. A wayward Lucas Digne effort turned into an assist for Kostas Manolas to score from nine yards. It was his first goal in a Roma jersey and above all just three days after his own goal gifted Sampdoria victory.

Dzeko was brought down inside the D and Pjanic curled one of his trademark free kicks over the wall in at the near post to double the Giallorossi lead in the space of four minutes.

Carpi and their goalkeeper fell apart, as Brkic only beat away a harmless Douglas Maicon snapshot and Gervinho turned in the rebound. It was the Ivorian’s first Serie A goal since November 2014.

Borriello struck against his old team with a diving header at an angle, getting in front of Daniele De Rossi to nod in a Gabriel Silva cross from six yards.

Moments later Ryder Matos over-hit his pass that would’ve sent Gaetano Fedele clear on goal. Brkic was at full stretch to deny Vainqueur a goal on his debut.

Francesco Totti came on for the second half and made an immediate impact. He ran away on the counter, his chip palmed by Brkic into the path of Salah for the Egyptian’s third goal in as many games.

However, during that move, Totti hurt the back of his thigh and had to be replaced by Juan Manuel Iturbe. The substitute almost scored, Cristian Zaccardo sliding in to intercept the Salah assist, but Borriello fired wide after a Radja Nainggolan error.

Maicon chipped up a cross from the by-line for unmarked Lucas Digne to nod in at the back post. The French full-back became the 10th different Roma player to find the net this season.

Gervinho almost completed his brace when turning on the turbo to fly past defenders, but the dinked finish bounced off the inside of the far post.

Carpi received a penalty for Maicon bundling into the back of Antonio Di Gaudio, but the Biancorossi had already failed to convert their only other Serie A spot-kick and did it again. Morgan De Sanctis parried the central Ryder Matos penalty and did well to stop the follow-up too.

De Sanctis also denied Kevin Lasagna’s shot, but overall it was a comfortable victory.

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Roma: De Sanctis; Maicon, Manolas, De Rossi, Digne; Pjanic, Keita (Vainqueur 21), Nainggolan; Salah, Dzeko (Totti 46) (Iturbe 55), Gervinho
: Brkic; Zaccardo, Romagnoli (Di Gaudio 46), Gagliolo; Letizia, Bianco, Cofie, Fedele (Lazzari 55), Gabriel Silva; Matos, Borriello (Lasagna 72)
Ref: Irrati

Saved penalty: Matos 77 (C)