Roma 5-1 Carpi: Garcia's five-star men leave new boys winless

The Giallorossi move up to third place in Serie A after dispatching Carpi in resounding fashion with goals from five different scorers, including Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho

Roma made light work of Carpi at the Stadio Olimpico, returning to winning ways in Serie A with a 5-1 victory over the struggling visitors.

Rudi Garcia’s men scored three goals in seven minutes to storm into a three-goal lead by the half-hour mark, with Kostas Manolas, Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho all finding the target.

Carpi pulled one back before the break through former Roma man Marco Borriello, but goals from Mohamed Salah and Lucas Digne saw the hosts gain an unassailable lead.

Both sides had opportunities to net the game’s seventh goal, but Gervinho hit the woodwork before Morgan De Sanctis denied Ryder Matos from the spot in the closing stages, leaving the visitors without a top-flight win this season.

It was Carpi who forged the first chance of the game, but after Borriello danced his way into the box he was denied at the near post by a fingertip save from De Sanctis.

It proved costly for the visitors, who found themselves behind in the 24th minute as Manolas tucked home his first goal for the club following a wayward shot from Digne.

By the 31st minute Garcia’s men had added a further two to their tally.

Pjanic’s wonderfully executed 20-yard free kick dumbfounded Zeljko Brkic before Gervinho volleyed home after the keeper could only parry a shot from Maicon straight to him.

Borriello reduced the deficit ahead of the interval, but six minutes after the restart the hosts restored their three-goal cushion when Salah added the finishing touch after Francesco Totti had been denied by Brkic on the counter-attack.

There could have been a second for Borriello but he fired wide after pouncing on a loose touch from Radja Nainggolan in the box and Digne quickly grabbed Roma’s fifth, opening his account for the club as he headed home at the back post following a cross from Maicon with 68 minutes on the clock.

Only the post stopped Gervinho from extending the hosts’ advantage, but a foul from Maicon gifted Carpi another chance to reduce the deficit with 15 minutes remaining.

However, Matos was denied from the spot by De Sanctis, who showed agility belying his years to get up and keep out the Brazilian’s follow-up effort as well.

Victory sends Roma, temporarily at least, up to third position in the table, while Carpi continue to languish in the relegation zone with just two points from their opening six fixtures.

Roma reeling as Pjanic ruled out of Barcelona clash

The Bosnia-Herzegovina star hobbled out of his country’s win over Andorra on Sunday and it has now been confirmed that he suffered a calf strain

Roma have been rocked by the news that Miralem Pjanic will miss next week’s Champions League clash with Barcelona through injury.

The midfielder was forced off in Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra on Sunday and the Giallorossi announced on Tuesday that the 25-year-old had suffered “a first-degree calf strain”.

Although Roma did not disclose for how long Pjanic will be sidelined, he is expected to be out of action for at least two weeks, meaning he will be definitely be unavailable for Roma’s September 16 showdown with reigning European champions Barca at the Stadio Olimpico.

The former Lyon ace will obviously also miss Saturday’s Serie A trip to Frosinone and, most likely, the visit of Sassuolo on September 20 and trip to Genoa to face Sampdoria three days later.

Pjanic’s injury is a major blow for Roma, with the influential playmaker having started the season impressively, netting the crucial opening goal in the 2-1 win over Italian titleholders Juventus on matchday 2 of the new domestic season.

After kicking off their Champions League campaign at home to Barca next week, the Giallorossi must then travel to Belarus on September 29 to take on BATE Borisov.

Roma want to win the title for Totti – Pjanic

It has been over 14 years since the club legend last won a league title and the midfielder says he hopes to end that drought this season

Miralem Pjanic says Roma want to win the Serie A title this season to honour Francesco Totti.

The 38-year-old has been in the Giallorossi first-team since 1992 but is now in the final year of his contract.

The Roma legend’s only Serie A title with the club came in 2000-01, while it has been seven years since he won his second and last Coppa Italia. 

The club looked like challenging Juventus to the championship in each of the last two years but dropped out of the race, but Pjanic says he hopes this year is the one that sees Rudi Garcia’s men bring an end to the Turin side’s reign of dominance.

“We hope to win the title to give it to Totti,” he told Fox Australia. “When he’s on the pitch, everything is easier.

“I feel good and I’m happy, because Roma are doing everything to build an even stronger team than last year. Juve won the title last year because they were able to deal with the moments of pressure better than we were. This year we are motivated to try to conquer it.”

Roma have been linked with a move for Edin Dzeko and Pjanic echoed Totti’s opinion on the matter, insisting the Manchester City striker would add a lot to the Serie A side.

“We will see what will happen in the coming days, I talked to him, he is an important player who can give us a lot,” he added.

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Dzeko would run to Roma – Pjanic

The midfielder says his international team-mate would even be prepared to take a pay cut to move to Italy

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic claims compatriot Edin Dzeko “would run” to join him at the Serie A club.

Manchester City striker Dzeko has been linked with a move to the Stadio Olimpico, having found regular game time hard to come by in 2014-15.

The 29-year-old appeared only 22 times in the Premier League last term, his lowest tally since 2010-11, when he played 15 matches in his first season in Manchester after joining during the January transfer window.

And Bosnia-Herzegovina team-mate Pjanic has fuelled speculation that Dzeko will be playing in Italy next season by suggesting the Blues star would even be willing to take a pay cut to leave the Etihad Stadium.

“Dzeko would run to Roma and the wages won’t be a problem, as he’d adjust to them,” he told “It all depends on the club.”

Dzeko scored six goals in 31 appearances in all competitions last season.

Garcia: Roma desperate to beat Inter

The Giallorossi coach has urged his side to end their run of draws by showing the sort of intensity that saw them romp to a 4-2 victory in the reverse fixture back in November

Roma coach Rudi Garcia says his side are desperate to avoid a third conductive Serie A draw by beating Inter at San Siro on Saturday.

The Giallorossi had hoped to mount a serious title challenge this season, but 10 draws in their last 14 league outings have left them 15 points behind reigning Italian champions Juventus.

Garcia’s side romped to a 4-2 victory when the two sides met back in November, and the French coach is hoping for a repeat performance as they hope to pull clear of rivals Lazio, with whom Roma currently share second place.

“We showed great intensity in the reverse fixture and we’ll need to show that again,” Garcia told a press conference. 

“We need the attitude we showed [in victories] against Cesena, Napoli and Torino. As always, we’re going there to win, but to achieve that we’ll need to show the intensity we had in the reverse fixture. Definitely.”

Inter, languishing in 10th place and set to miss out on European football next season, are without a win over Roma since February 2011 and have secured just one victory in their last seven Serie A outings.

And Garica is delighted to be able to welcome back Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho, with the Ivory Coast international set to return after a month out through injury.

“I’ve spoken with them and they’ve confirmed what I thought – they’re both at 100 per cent,” Garica said.

“They’re a good side with lots of quality players. With the return of some of our players, we too have grown in strength. I’ll have to make some tough decisions, but that’s better for the team.”

Failure to beat Roma would see Inter go five home games without a win for the first time since March 2012.