Roma’s week went from bad to worse with a 2-0 defeat against Sampdoria, as Edin Dzeko also saw his penalty saved.
The Giallorossi’s confidence was shot after a 6-2 Europa League semi-final defeat to Manchester United, which only intensified the injury crisis. Leonardo Spinazzola, Pau Lopez, Jordan Veretout, Amadou Diawara, Carles Perez, Pedro, Riccardo Calafiori, Stephan El Shaarawy and Nicolò Zaniolo were out of action, with Lorenzo Pellegrini given the day off after becoming a father just hours ago. Even third choice goalkeeper Daniel Fuzato was given a chance, with an all-new pairing of Edin Dzeko and Borja Mayoral.
Mayoral almost scored in the opening 90 seconds, but Lorenzo Tonelli threw himself in the way for a decisive block. Manolo Gabbiadini couldn’t quite connect to a Jakub Jankto ball floated over the top, but again Tonelli stopped Mayoral scoring with the inside of the left boot, as that was heading into the top corner.
Dzeko had the ball in the net only after he was flagged offside, as Omar Colley had stepped up in time.
Valerio Verre should’ve done better when drilling wide from just inside the area, then moments later Morten Thorsby stung Fuzato’s gloves at the near post.
Samp were taking more control as the half wore on, though still ran a risk when Dzeko hit the side-netting after running onto a Henrikh Mkhitaryan slide-rule pass.
The Blucerchiati did take the lead on the stroke of half-time. Marash Kumbulla slipped, allowing Thorsby to burst into the box and pull back for Adrien Silva to score relatively undisturbed from 14 yards.
Dzeko had another goal ruled offside when running onto the Bryan Cristante through ball, but Samp timed their run perfectly when Jakub Jankto went clear to drill past Fuzato.
Incredibly, Roma had their third goal ruled offside moments later, this time with Mayoral, although it was Dzeko who once more was caught out.
The Giallorossi did receive a penalty when Tommaso Augello stuck out an arm to charge down Mancini’s cross. However, third choice spot-kick taker Dzeko saw Emil Audero keep it out with a splendid one-handed save on the line.
Fuzato also needed a good save to keep out the Keita Balde Diao deflected strike from distance, but Roma were visibly sapped both physically and mentally. Fuzato kept the scoreline down late on from Keita and Antonio Candreva.