Sampdoria-Roma 0-1, penalty by Pellegrini and Giallorossi quarterfinals

A penalty by the midfielder decides the match

Roma wins the third victory in a row by winning the ‘Ferraris’ 1-0 against Sampdoria and rises to 4th place after the match valid for the tenth day of Serie A 2022-2023. Pellegrini’s opening goal decides, transforming a penalty kick. The hosts try to react but do not create dangers in the parts of Rui Patricio, while the Giallorossi miss the blow of the knockout first with Belotti and then with the newly entered Zaniolo. The Giallorossi rise to 22, while the Sampdoria, still unsuccessful after 10 days, are desolately last with 3 points.

THE MATCH – Roma unlocks the game after 9 minutes: the Var calls referee Di Bello to the monitor for a touch of Ferrari’s hand in the area on Abraham’s cross. No doubt, the referee points to the spot. From 11 meters Pellegrini is perfect: ball under the crossbar, nothing for Audero to do. The captain’s goal is the only interesting thing about the first half. For the rest, the two teams give life to a disappointing match: broken rhythm, many fouls in the middle of the field. The two teams rarely arrive in the penalty area and if they do they can only do so with crosses from the wings or backs.

In the interval Stankovic tries to run for cover and sends Murru and Pussetto on the field for Augello and Leris, but Roma’s first chance for recovery: Abraham invents for Belotti, the almost leading ‘rooster’ tries to anticipate Audero but the goalkeeper of Sampdoria is good at saying no to the former Toro. The Samp coach also sent Quagliarella and Verre to the field in place of Rincon and Gabbiadini. Mourinho responds with Matic and Zaniolo in place of Camara and Abraham and it is the blue who immediately becomes dangerous. Served on the run by Zalewski, Zaniolo enters the area and kicks with power: an excellent response from Audero. The former Inter is doing well and it shows and soon after he is still dangerous, always starting wide. This time his crossing shot ends up by a whisker. In the final, the guests check the result without major worries and can celebrate overtaking Lazio and Udinese in the Champions area.