AS Roma stayed unbeaten on Friday night, furthering their so far unblemished record to 8-0-0 as they handled rivals Napoli 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico in a pivotal match at the top of the still young Serie A season. The Wolves of Roma and their Southern Italian counterparts were engaged in an entertaining back and forth match right from the off, with the game’s first moment coming through ex-Arsenal and current Roma man Gervinho, whose shot went offline from ex-Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina’s goal. The home side made their pressure count come first half stoppage time though with Bosnian international Miralem Pjanić finishing past Reina to give Roma the lead only seconds before halftime. Gonzalo Higuain and his fellow Napoli attackers tried their best to mount a comeback come the second 45, but all hope was drained from the visiting side when Pjanic dispatched a penalty to make it 2-0 in the 71st, a deadly combination as it was paired with Napoli’s Paolo Cannavaro being sent off for his second yellow, which caused the penalty to be awarded. That definitively put the game past Rafa Benitez’s side as Roma emerged the 2-0 victors to stay top of Seria A after 8 games of play. Napoli fall to 6-1-1 and settle into 2nd place as a result of the night’s proceedings.
UPDATE: No injuries reported after several AS Roma fans were hit by flares thrown from the Napoli fan section. Riot police were called in following the incident and no further actions of violence occurred.
AS Roma at Udinese
SSC Napoli at Marseille (Champions League)
Below is a smattering of photos from the evening’s affairs in Rome….