Georginio Wijnaldum was the star of the show, leading Roma to a 3-0 home victory over Sampdoria this evening in the Italian capital.
The Dutchman headed home early in the second half and won a late penalty to secure Jose Mourinho's men a vital three points in their quest for a top four league finish.
Now sitting fourth in the table, the Giallorossi leapfrogged Atalanta and Milan, who face Napoli later this evening, to climb back into a Champions League place.
The hosts came out aggressive early on and nearly found the back of the net in the opening minutes before Rui Patricio was called upon and made a fantastic save to keep the match level.
After entering the break level, the Giallorossi once again came out swinging and were rewarded early on when Jeison Murillo, who was already on a yellow, was sent off for a careless challenge on Tammy Abraham.
The hosts finally grabbed the lead Nemanja Matic delivered a pinpoint cross to Georginio Wijnaldum, who headed the ball into the back of the net.
Despite going down a goal and a man, the Ligurians continued to press and gave Roma a few scares.
(Assist: Nemanja Matić)
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(Assist: Ola Solbakken)