Aurelio Andreazzoli tastes defeat in his first Serie A match as Roma boss.
56′ [1 – 0] M. Estigarribia
73′ [2 – 0] G. Sansone
75′ [2 – 1] E. Lamela
77′ [3 – 1] M. Icardi
Roma’s new head-coach Aurelio Andreazzoli tasted defeat in his first match in charge as struggling Sampdoria moved away from the relegation zone with a fine win.
The change in coach initially appeared to have the desired effect on Roma, as they attacked their hosts early on.
Erik Lamela was posing a threat in a wide position while Pablo Osvaldo was the dangerman in the centre.
Despite their dominance, though, they were unable to create any clear-cut chances and Sampdoria took the lead when Andrea Poli picked out Marcelo Estigarribia in space to the left of goal, and the Paraguayan was able to thread a shot past the recalled Maarten Stekelenburg into the far corner.
Roma had the chance to level in the 68th minute when Daniele Gastaldello blocked Osvaldo’s path inside the penalty area and the referee pointed to the spot.
Osvaldo stepped up but passed the ball weakly into the arms of Sergio Romero.
Instead of being level at 1-1, Roma found themselves 2-0 down moments later when Gianluca Sansone’s direct free-kick found its way through Stekelenburg’s hands.
Roma reduced the arrears two minutes later when Alessandro Florenzi’s cross took two deflections before being struck in by Lamela from eight yards.
But the game was decided two minutes after when teenage sensation Mauro Icardi headed in unmarked from a corner.