Fabio Quagliarella’s penalty has given Sampdoria the half-time lead over Roma, awarded using VAR for an Aleksandar Kolarov handball.
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This fixture was originally cancelled on September 10 due to weather warnings in Genoa. A win would take the Giallorossi joint fourth with Inter, while Samp were hoping to close the gap on Roma to just four points.
Edin Dzeko was in the starting XI despite strong reports of an imminent move to Chelsea, but Stephan El Shaarawy, Diego Perotti, Maxime Gonalons, Daniele De Rossi and Rick Karsdorp were out injured. Samp had a full squad to choose from, including Fabio Quagliarella, who had already set a new personal best of 15 Serie A goals.
Dzeko had a chance to score in the opening couple of minutes, but scuffed his finish on a Cengiz Under assist from seven yards. Ferrari then flung himself in the Bosnian’s path to stop the shot on a Radja Nainggolan pull-back, but Federico Fazio did the same on Karol Linetty from a Duvan Zapata assist.
Lorenzo Pellegrini’s snapshot from distance stung Emiliano Viviano’s gloves, but the goalkeeper then stuck out a foot to deny Nainggolan from point-blank range at the end of a good team move.
Kostas Manolas turned a free header over from Pellegrini’s free kick, then Gregoire Defrel went clear on a Dzeko through ball only to balloon over the bar, although the horrible state of the pitch might’ve been a factor.
Aleksandar Kolarov clumsily flung himself at a cross and only a couple of minutes later did the referee view it on VAR, assigning a penalty for handball. Roma were furious, as they felt there was a foul on Kevin Strootman in the build-up. Alisson guessed the right side, but Quagliarella’s spot-kick was so precise into the near bottom corner that it could not be kept out.
Sampdoria 1-0 Roma (Half-Time)
Quagliarella pen 45 (S)
Sampdoria: Viviano; Bereszynski, Silvestre, Ferrari, Strinic; Praet, Torreira, Linetty; Ramirez; Duvan Zapata, Quagliarella
Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Pellegrini, Strootman, Nainggolan; Defrel, Dzeko, Cengiz Under