Serie A - Roma destroy Sampdoria to keep challenge alive

Roma kept up the pressure on Serie A leaders Juventus with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria at an empty Stadio Olimpico.

Both the north and south ends of the stadium were closed after Roma's fans were charged with singing anti-Neapolitan songs during a Coppa Italia song against Napoli.

Mattia Destro grabbed a double and Miralem Pjanic capped an inspirational performance by scoring a majestic free kick, keeping them nine points behind in second spot.

Roma created a hatful of first-half chances against Sampdoria but had to wait until one minute before halftime when Destro headed in a corner.

Pjanic curled in his free kick in the 54th minute and Destro completed the scoring three minutes later, cleverly turning his marker and firing into the roof of the net from close range after Gervinho had opened up the defence.