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Roma gets season back on track with 5-1 humiliation of Carpi

Roma gets league campaign back on track with a 5-1 drubbing of newly-promoted Carpi

Roma gets season back on track with 5-1 humiliation of Carpi

MILAN (AP) -- Roma reignited its league campaign with a 5-1 drubbing of newly-promoted Carpi on Saturday.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia was already under pressure after picking up just one point in two matches against Sassuolo and Sampdoria.

But his side responded with goals from Kostas Manolas, Miralem Pjanic, Gervinho, Mohamed Salah and Lucas Digne.

Gervinho, who hadn't scored in nearly a year, also hit the post.

Marco Borriello scored against his old club for Carpi, which also had Ryder Matos' penalty saved by Morgan De Sanctis.

The only sour note for Roma was the sight of Francesco Totti and Seydou Keita going off injured.

Roma moved provisionally third ahead of Sunday's fixtures.

Juventus visits Napoli later, with both sides looking for their second win of the season.

Roma was looking for a win to push its way back up the table and also boost confidence ahead of Tuesday's trio to BATE Borisov in the Champions League.

Manolas had scored an own goal in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat at Sampdoria and he scored at the right end in the 24th minute, controlling Digne's wayward effort before turning and firing in his first goal for the club.

Pjanic doubled Roma's advantage four minuutes later with a delightful free kick over the wall and into the bottom left corner.

And Roma went 3-0 up in the 31st when Zeljko Brkic could only parry Douglas Maicon's shot and Gervinho turned in the rebound for his first goal since November.

Borriello had been denied earlier by a De Sanctis save, but he got one back for Carpi in the 34th, heading in Gabriel Silva's cross.

Totti came on at halftime and immediately set up a goal for Roma with a chipped effort which Brkic pushed clear and Salah scored on the rebound.

However, Totti had hurt his thigh in that move and was immediately replaced.

Digne also scored his first goal for Roma in the 68th, when he was left unmarked to head in Maicon's cross.

Carpi could have had a consolation goal when it was awarded a soft penalty in the 76th minute when Maicon was adjudged to have pushed over Antonio Di Gaudio, but De Sanctis pulled off a fantastic double save to stop the penalty and the follow-up by Matos.

Updated : 2021-09-27 03:44 GMT+08:00