Carpi at the Stadio Olimpico in Serie A on Saturday evening.
Kostas Manolas, Miralem Pjanic and Gervinho gave the hosts a comfortable lead after thirty minutes before Marco Borriello headed home to reduce arrears.
The Giallorossi extended their lead through Mohamed Salah and Lucas Digne after the break and Ryder Matos had his weak penalty saved by Morgan De Scanctis.
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Morgan De Sanctis – 7 – Strong
Used his expertise to divert Marco Borriello’s effort into the side netting but will disappointed not to have kept out his near post header, despite getting a hand to it. The 38-year-old later recovered, denying Ryder Matos from the penalty spot and superbly denied him again on the rebound.
Maicon – 7 – Rampaging
The rampaging full-back was afforded too much space going forwards and was not afraid to shoot. His 35 yard effort was parried into the path of Gervinho, who subsequently scored. Went missing as Gabriel Silva assisted Borriello’s goal. Made amends as he laid on the perfect cross for his side’s fifth goal before conceding a soft penalty.
Daniele De Rossi – 6 – Unremarkable
Playing at centre-back is nothing new for him and he didn’t really put a foot wrong and was rarely tested and put in an unremarkable display as others around him took centre stage.
Kostas Manolas – 7 – Effective
The Greek scored his first Serie A goal for the Giallorossi, guiding the ball home after the Carpi defence failed to clear a corner effectively. Completed his defensive duties with aplomb and helped restrict the opposition to half-chances.
Lucas Digne – 7 – Untroubled
Provided the assist for the opening goal as he fired in a low ball that found the unmarked Manolas. Rarely looked troubled in defence and even got his first goal for the club as he headed home at the far post.
Radja Nainggolan – 6 – Watchman
The Belgium international was not at his usual high level but much like De Rossi, his presence enable others to flourish and his passing was near perfect.
Seydou Keita – N/A –
Had an early chance but headed over from a corner. Didn’t last long after picking up an injury and was replaced by William Vainqueur.
Miralem Pjanic – 7 – Creative
He highlighted his dead-ball once again as he caressed an effort from in the centre from just outside of the box into the bottom corner to double his side’s lead. He was the creative force at the heart of midfield.
Mohamed Salah – 7.5 – Menacing
Posed a constant menace on the wings and continued his recent goal-scoring run as he was first on hand to tap in after Brkic had deflected Francesco Totti’s effort. Didn’t have quite the same level of success as Gervinho, but went close with several attempts.
Edin Dzeko – 6 – Hard-working
Fired an early effort straight at Zeljko Brkic and had another blocked by the keeper. Fulfilled his role as the focal point of the attack, but was withdrawn at half-time by Rudi Garcia.
Gervinho – 7.5 – Lively
The Ivorian forward looked lively on the wings, often switching positions with Salah. His pace caused multiple problems and even managed to score is first goal of the season with a well taken finish. Struck the post in the second half and could have added to his lone strike on the day.
William Vainqueur – 7 – Solid
Replaced the injured Keita after just twenty minutes and helped at both ends of the pitch providing a solid base for the team to work with.
Francesco Totti – N/A –
Came on for Dzeko at the interval and missed a golden opportunity to score, although in the process he picked up a knock and was replaced within ten minutes of his arrival.
Juan Iturbe – 6 – Peripheral
On for the injured Totti, but could not replicate his team-mate’s influence and was a peripheral figure.