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Roma breeze past Chievo

AS Roma warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League tie against FC Bayern with a comfortable 3-0 Serie A victory over Chievo Verona on Saturday. The men from the Italian capital returned to winning ways after two matches without a victory and tightened their grip on second spot in the Italian top flight, a point off leaders Juventus.

Roma took to the Stadio Olimpico turf as favourites against the side lying 16th in the standings and soon lived up to their pre-match billing. Mattia Destro struck the early opener from a fourth-minute corner, before Adem Ljajic fired into the far corner to double the lead on 25 minutes. Veteran Francesco Totti tucked away a 33rd-minute penalty to effectively wrap up the points with little over half-an-hour played.

Home boss Rudi Garcia was without centre-back Kostas Manolas, currently serving a ban for a red card in Serie A, and midfielder Seydou Keita, who returned from international duty with a calf injury and is reported likely to miss the Bayern game. Striker Gervinho spent the 90 minutes on the bench with Totti and Pjanic substituted midway through the second period.

Roma line-up against Chievo Verona: De Sanctis - Maicon, Astori, Yanga -Mbiwa, Cole - Pjanic (Paredes 68), De Rossi, Nainggolan (Ucan 89) - Ljajic, Totti (Florenzi 61), Destro