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  • May 22, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Olimpico, Roma
  • Referee: L. Banti
  • • Attendance: 33000
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Roma 3-1 Sampdoria: Totti, Vucinic and Borriello seal Europa League berth for Montella's side

Roma 3-1 Sampdoria: Totti, Vucinic and Borriello seal Europa League berth for Montella's side

Vincenzo Montella's team sign the season off with a comfortable three points in what is expected to be the caretaker coach's final game in charge of the Giallorossi

Roma have qualified for next season's Europa League competition after running out 3-1 winners over relegated Sampdoria at the Olimpico.

Goals from Francesco Totti, Mirko Vucinic and Marco Borriello sealed the win for the hosts after being forced to come back from an early Daniele Mannini strike in the first-half.

The match started in very uneventful fashion, and it was no surprise considering the fate of these two sides had already been decided. The Olimpico was scarcely filled, with much red and blue of the seats in sight.

Francesco Totti featured in the game's first passable chance after collecting David Pizarro's impressive lob pass in the Sampdoria box. However, he failed to guide the ball at goal and his attempt whistled just past the post.

Sampdoria were almost caught out from a corner, after Simone Loria was close to continuing his goalscoring form in front of goal, but his bullet header went just wide.

However, the match sprang into life, arguably against the run of play, in favour of the visitors. Reto Ziegler's powerful low drive from distance was parried out by Bogdan Lobont, and Mannini simply applied the finish, albeit with a hint of offside.

Minutes later, the Lupi equalised thanks to talisman Totti. Magnificient footwork enabled the No. 10 to fend off his opponent Luciano Zauri, and he unleashed a low shot from an angle on the edge of the box into the bottom left corner, beating Da Costa for his 15th goal of the season.

The remainder of the half was rather forgettable, with a couple of valid penalty shouts for the hosts. Samp defender Massimo Volta was fortunate to remain on the pitch after appearing to deliberately handball Mirko Vucinic's goalbound shot and foul him in the box.

The second half didn't fare much better. Both teams had their share of possession but there was no urgency present in their moves. A number of passes failed to reach their targets, with Zsolt Laczko's awful crossing being a standout.

It was a surprise then, that the Giallorossi grabbed the winner on 70 minutes, with Totti being the architect once again. His delicate through pass found Vucinic, and he simply struck the ball low and hard into the corner past Da Costa to make it 2-1.

There was enough time for a fourth goal, and a third to the hosts. This time it was Borriello who got his name on the scoresheet when he applied a routine finish from the rebound of Totti's ferocious, stinging free kick which Da Costa parried out.

Sampdoria mustered a couple more chances in injury time through Jonathan Biabiany, but it wasn't to be as Roma will now look forward to Europa League football next season, and Thomas DiBenedetto replacing Rosella Sensi as the club's new patron.

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