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Influential Muriel dents Roma's title hopes in Samp win

Roma lost ground on Juventus at the top of Serie A as Luis Muriel inspired Sampdoria to an entertaining 3-2 comeback win on Sunday.

Luciano Spalletti's second-placed side twice led at Stadio Luigi Ferraris, but Muriel struck the winner with 17 minutes remaining, having earlier laid on both equalisers.

After Bruno Peres' fifth-minute effort opened the scoring, Samp hit back midway through the first half as Muriel teed up Dennis Praet to score.

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Although Edin Dzeko restored Roma's lead shortly after the hour-mark, it was to spark a frantic 10-minute spell in which the hosts scored twice more.

Patrick Schik levelled the scores and Muriel grabbed a goal for himself as his free-kick deflected beyond the helpless Wojciech Szczesny and into the corner.

With Juventus beating Sassuolo 2-0, Roma now trail the champions by four points, having played a game more.