Chris Smalling scores as Roma beat Brescia 3-0

Chris Smalling scored a goal and had two assists as Roma moved into the top four of Serie A with a 3-0 win over Brescia in Serie A. 

The on-loan Manchester United defender nodded in Lorenzo Pellegrini’s corner after 49 minutes and then set up goals for Gianluca Mancini and Edin Dzeko.

Mario Balotelli was left out of Brescia’s squad following a training ground dispute with the coach, Fabio Grosso.

Roma remain two points behind their neighbours Lazio, who claimed a fifth successive win thanks to the substitute Felipe Caicedo’s stoppage-time goal giving them a 2-1 victory at lowly Sassuolo.

Fiorentina’s lacklustre season continued with a 1-0 defeat at Verona in a mid-table clash as Samuel Di Carmine scored the winner in the 66th minute. The win lifted Verona above Fiorentina to ninth with 18 points.

Sampdoria continued their gradual improvement under the veteran coach Claudio Ranieri by coming from behind to beat Udinese 2-1 while Parma drew 2-2 at Bologna.

Fifth-placed Cagliari’s match away to Lecce was postponed after torrential rain left the pitch unplayable.

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