Match Report: AS Roma 0-0 Sampdoria

AS Roma 0-0 Sampdoria

Stadio Luigi Ferraris

AS Roma Sampdoria
Shots (On Goal)20 (4)9 (3)

Roma’s-Bayern-hangover seemed to linger as Rudi Garcia made some baffling decisions in his team’s 0-0 draw in Genoa against Sampdoria. Yes, Roma are now tied at the top of the Serie A table with Juventus, but the Frenchman’s unwillingness to make substitutions earlier in the second half seemed to have, perhaps, cost his side an additional two points.

Roma were sluggish to begin the match and found it difficult to create chances. Sampdoria looked the more dangerous team from the on-set but scuffed their chances, as Stefano Okaka and Manolo Gabbiadini couldn’t connect for the Genova-based team.

As the end of half drew to a close, Gervinho found himself with the best opportunity that the Giallorossi had all night, but he was unlucky and hit the post as Roma entered the half tied 0-0.

Very little changed after the break. Sampdoria continued to waste their chances, most notably Stefano Okaka who missed a point-blank range shot and skied it over the net, and Roma continued to create very little as they had only 4 shots on target for the entire match.

When called upon, goalkeeper Sergio Romero was sublime as he denied Alessandro Florenzi from grabbing a headed goal in the dying minutes of the match.

Roma will have to get over this fairly quickly as they’ll host Cesena in Rome next Wednesday before making a daunting trip to Germany for a rematch with Bayern Munich.

The Editor of, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including,, and ESPN.