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Roma beats Sampdoria 2-0 in Serie A

Roma beats Sampdoria 2-0 in Serie A

Brazilian forward Julio Baptista scored twice Wednesday to help AS Roma beat Sampdoria 2-0 in the resumption of a Serie A match that was suspended in October due to torrential rain.
Baptista curved in a free kick over Sampdoria's wall in the 21st minute, then dribbled past two defenders and found the target with a precise angled shot in the 53rd. The former Sevilla, Real Madrid and Arsenal player has now scored six goals this season _ four in Serie A and two in the Champions League.
Roma moved into eighth place with 27 points, 16 behind leader Inter Milan. Sampdoria is in the bottom half of the standings with 20 points.
The game started at the 5 minute, 51 second mark _ the point where the original match on Oct. 29 was suspended. There was more rain at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday, but it was light enough to play under.
Roma midfielder Simone Perrotta picked up a yellow card in the 30th that will force him to sit out against Torino on Sunday.
Roma fans briefly displayed a pro-Palestinian banner that read, "Gaza: Resist," the ANSA news agency reported.
Juventus was hosting Catania later Wednesday to fill the final spot in the Italian Cup quarterfinals.