AS Roma’s hopes of wrestling the Serie A title away from Juventus may have just gone up in flames as Rudi Garcia’s men feel to a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of an inspired Sampdoria side.
Roma controlled the entire first half but failed to convert their chances as Totti and Pjanic failed to convert good chances in the first half as Sampdoria looked out of their depth throughout the half. Ropma continued to control the game in the second half and Totti was again gulty of spurning a good chance to give Roam the lead. Roma were made to pay for the chances they missed in the 60th minute as Eto’o came up with some brilliant play to get into the Roma box before De Silvestri knocked the ball home to give Sampdoria the lead, Roma searched frantically for an equalizer but could not breal Sampdoria down and in the 78th minute, Muriel saw his initial shot hit the post after a quick burst of pace, Sampdoria kept the ball alive and Muriel was able to tap the ball home at the back post to make it 2-0. Roma capitulated from that point on and Seydou Keita was sent off for the Rome club as he applauded the referee after being booked initially.
Roma would now be caught in a struggle for champions league football with Napoli and Lazio as Juventus slowly pull away in the race for the Scuidetto