Serie A round-up: Roma win at Sampdoria where the club's former president is out

Serie A round-up: Roma win at Sampdoria where the club’s former president is out

MILAN (AP) – Roma moved into fourth place in Serie A on Monday after a 1-0 win at bottom club Sampdoria, where former president Massimo Ferrero was escorted out of the stadium by security. .

Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty was enough to see Roma leapfrog Udinese and city rivals Lazio and move within four points of Serie A leaders Napoli. Jose Mourinho’s side host Napoli next weekend.

Sampdoria were four points off safety after picking up just three points from 10 games.

Ferrero did not return to Sampdoria for more than a year, shortly before his arrest for fraud forced him to step down as president. His appearance was met with jeers and insults and he eventually left about 15 minutes after kick-off, ushered in by security to protect him from disgruntled supporters.

Roma were already 1-0 up when, with the help of the video assistant referee, Samps defender Alex Ferrari was awarded a penalty after handling Tammy Ibrahim’s cross. Pellegrini buried the penalty into the top left corner to give the visitors the lead in the ninth minute.

Substitute Niccolo Ziniolo thought he had doubled Roma’s advantage in stoppage time but it was ruled out for offside.

Fiorentina played fellow strugglers Lecce of late, with both teams close to the relegation zone.

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