In an exciting contest between these two sides, the midfielder's early strike was enough for victory as the hosts keep their European dreams alive
Roma welcomed Chievo to the Stadio Olimpico hoping to make the most of their slim chances of achieving a Champions League spot with the visitors aiming to ensure their Serie A status was retained for another season.
It was a tale of missed chances in today’s early kick-off at the Olimpico but ironically the only goal came in the opening minutes. Despite winning the game Vincenzo Montella will be disappointed that his side could not increase their goal tally against a hapless Chievo defence.
The home side were dominant in the first few minutes of the game and Chievo’s defence collapsed in the fourth minute as a poor clearance by Roberto Guana led to Daniele De Rossi feeding Simone Perrotta who placed his shot in the back of the net against his former side to make it 1-0.
Chievo’s disastrous defending continued as Mirko Vucinic had the chance to double his team’s lead following a mis-hit pass from Gennaro Sardo but Stefano Sorrentino saved the Montenegrin’s shot.
Just minutes later the Roma forward missed another as he put Francesco Totti’s cross over the bar. By this time Chievo were lucky to still be one goal away from equalising.
It was 20 minutes until the Flying Donkeys had their first shot on goal following a thunderous drive by Kevin Constant but it was tipped over the bar for a corner by Doni.
The tempo of play started to slow down however Totti did have a couple of chances on goal but could not find the back of the net.
As the half-time whistle neared, a long ball by Totti found Vucinic who was inches away from scoring as Sorrentino glaringly watched the ball fly past the post.
A lapse in concentration by Roma nearly saw Sergio Pellissier find his way through but it wasn’t to be as Juan was there to block the shot.
Chievo were the better of the two sides at the beginning of the second half as Roma were constantly under threat but like the first half they failed to capitalise on their possession.
The best chance of the game for the visitors came when half-time substitute Fernando Uribe was clear through on goal but somehow failed to properly connect with the ball and ended up conceding possession.
Roma were living on thin ice as their backline was constantly being put under pressure.
Close to the hour mark, the game was end-to-end and there was little between the two sides and Jeremy Menez was agonisingly close as his powerful strike hit the post.
The Giallorossi’s bad luck continued in the 69th minute when Sardo’s header hit his own bar and Vucinic couldn’t make the most of a goalmouth scramble, which again Chievo survived.
The final 20 minutes were reminiscent of the end of the first half as Roma sought to hold on to their lead. Unfortunately for the home side, vital defender Juan was taken off with an injury and was duly replaced by Simone Loria.
Matteo Brighi had the chance to finish the game off but like the rest of his teammates today, he dragged his shot wide.
The win for Roma means they are now three points behind Udinese in sixth place so they still retain hopes of qualifying for the Champions league but face tough opposition with city rivals Lazio also in the fray. Chievo remain seven points from the drop in 13th place with four games to play in Serie A.