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The player-by-player reckoning from Sunday night's stalemate in Genoa...

SAMPDORIA

Castellazzi – 7.5: Good save at the near post from Taddei volley and did well to tip over Vucinic’s second-half header.

Stankevicius – 7: Lucky not to concede a penalty when colliding with Brighi, but was equally unlucky when his header come back off the far post. A Rory Delap-like danger with the ball in hand.

Gastaldello – 6.5: One awful clearance straight to the feet of the waiting Vucinic, but got in the way of a number of Roma attacks.

Lucchini – 7: Got a couple of brave headers in at important times as the Blucerchiati struggled under pressure.

Ziegler – 5: Was anonymous for the most part and failed to stem the tide of Roma attacks down the Sampdoria left.

Mannini - 6: Had one bullet effort in the first-half, but doesn’t look as good without the ball as he does when marauding forward.

Palombo – 7: Controlled as ever, and caused Julio Sergio to parry with a stinger of a shot from 25 yards, but got little support as he looked to keep Sampdoria moving forward.

Poli - 6: Busy, but not often effective. Was at his best when he tried to burst beyond the opposition, but was regularly forced into defensive duties as the Samp midfield toiled.

Bellucci – 5.5: Worked hard, but did not get the desired results and faded quickly after the half-time break

Pazzini - 6: Put himself about well, but will be disappointed not to have reacted better from Stankevicius’ header as chances came at a premium.

Cassano - 7: His crosses caused all sorts of trouble in the first half as he looked to spark Doria into life, but in the second period he faded out of the game and his side struggled as a result.

Subs

Accardi - 6: Brought on to help soak up the Roma barrage, but did well to stay out of the referee’s little black book when he clattered into Taddei.

Tissone - 6: Like-for-like replacement for Poli as Del Neri looked to freshen up the midfield late on.

ROMA

Julio Sergio - 7: Another clean sheet for the impressive Brazilian. He parried Palombo’s 25-yard strike and showed quick reactions to smother Cassano’s low ball at Pazzini’s feet.

Cassetti - 7: Ran hard down the left and covered well in behind Juan from some of Samp’s more dangerous cross-field balls.

Burdisso – 6.5: Not always convincing, least of all when colliding with team-mates on two separate occasions, but as was difficult for the Samp forwards to beat. He has a solidity that the Roma defence lacks in his absence.

Juan - 7: Tough and strong, he had a job on his hands against Pazzini, but passed the exam with flying colours, lifting the Italy striker to one chance from a corner.

Riise - 7: Another improved defensive display as he kept out all-comers down Roma’s left. Could have done better when he scuffed a left-foot volley wide early on.

De Rossi – 6.5: Saw lots of the ball in midfield without being truly effective, but then picked up an ankle knock before half-time and struggled to dominate after the break.

Brighi - 7: Unlucky not to be rewarded with a penalty after his penetrating run into the area was brought to a halt by Stankevicius, but on the whole caused problems for Sampdoria whenever he was on the ball.

Taddei – 6.5: Had his right-foot volley saved by Castellazzi at the near post, and put in a dangerous cross which was wasted by Burdisso and Perrotta, as he turned in one of his better games of this season.

Perrotta - 7: Looks more at home playing down the middle and caused some trouble for Gastaldello and Lucchini when running hard at the two centre-backs.

Vucinic – 7.5: Had a hand in many of Roma’s best half-chances, but couldn’t quite provide the killer opportunity which might have won the Giallorossi the three points.

Totti – 6.5: Tried to influence the game with his usual grace, but was ultimately unable to unlock the Sampdoria defence at the killer moments.

Subs

Baptista - NA: Little chance for ‘The Beast’ to shine as Roma waited until the last 10 minutes to change things.

Guberti - NA: Thrown on in injury-time to waste the remaining seconds.

Kris Voakes, Goal.com

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