MX23RW : Tuesday, September 18 13:59:25
Oct 18, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadio Olimpico
Roma
2-0
Napoli
Pjanic (45', 71' pen.)
Pjanic (74'), Benatia (90')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Pandev (25'), Cannavaro (45'), Inler (74')
Cannavaro (70')

Result: Miralem Pjanic double helps Roma beat Napoli

Miralem Pjanic scores a set piece in each half to earn league leaders Roma a 2-0 victory over 10-man Napoli in the top-of-the-table clash at the Stadio Olimpico.

Miralem Pjanic scored a set piece in each half to help Roma maintain their 100% start to the Serie A season with a 2-0 win over fellow early pace setters Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico tonight.

Rafael Bentiez's visitors had Paolo Cannavaro sent off on 70 minutes in the same incident that allowed Pjanic to score from the penalty spot and add to his first-half free kick.

Roma were the first to threaten through Daniele De Rossi's header, before former Arsenal forward Gervinho came close with a shot from a tight angle that went wide of the near post.

De Rossi was also involved at the other end in the first period, clearing a Goran Pandev shot off the line after Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis could only parry the initial shot towards his own net.

Playing against his former club for the first time since leaving them this summer, De Sanctis was fortunate again in the final stages of the half when he was saved by the woodwork.

Marek Hamsik picked out the clever run of Lorenzo Insigne, but the Italian forward hit a side-footed shot against the post, with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

Pjanic showed far more precision and composure with his free kick in first-half stoppage time, a powerful effort which curled away from Pepe Reina and into the top corner.

Substitute Cannavaro, booked shortly after being brought onto the field as a replacement for Miguel Britos moments prior to Pjanic's goal, was cautioned again in the process of giving away a second-half penalty.

He was given his marching orders after pulling down Marco Borreillo, and Pjanic stepped up from 12 yards to net Roma a second goal which secured them their eighth consecutive league victory this term.

The capital outfit now have a five-point lead over second-place Napoli, for whom this was the first defeat of the campaign, at the top of the table.

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Roma's Mehdi Amine Benatia celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Sampdoria during their Serie A match on September 25, 2013
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