Milan: Stephan El Shaarawy and Edin Dzeko scored early with Aleksandar Kolarov adding a third after the break as Roma eased past basement club Chievo 3-0 to get back to winning ways and move up to fourth in Serie A.
Eusebio Di Francesco’s side had been coming off two league draws and a humiliating 7-1 Coppa Italia exit to Fiorentina.
Roma now occupy the final Champions League berth, a welcome boost ahead of their last 16, first leg tie against Porto next week in this season’s elite European competition.
“We could have scored a few more goals, but I hope we held them back for Porto,” said Di Francesco.
Chievo had held the Romans in their two previous meetings, battling back from two goals down to draw 2-2 in the Stadio Olimpico earlier this season.
This time Roma did not let their lead slip, after also throwing away a three-goal lead to be held by Atalanta two weeks ago.
Roma took control early with teenage striker Nicolo Zaniolo forcing goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino to pull off a diving save.
El Shaarawy lobbed in the first after nine minutes with Dzeko adding the second goal ten minutes later.
Chievo lost defender Nicolas Frey who hobbled off with a leg injury before the break with Serbian defender Kolorav getting the third six minutes after the interval.
A well-worked Roma counterattack saw El Shaarawy came through for Dzeko to set up Kolarov who left Sorrentino helpless.
The Serb then turn to bow to Roma’s ultras fans who had criticised him.
“I think it was a great gesture, to apologise to the fans after what happened,” added Di Francesco of their struggles.
Bayer Leverkusen scored four times in an explosive first half to crush hosts Mainz 05 5-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday and continue their rise up the standings under new coach Peter Bosz.
The Dutchman, whose team beat champions Bayern Munich last week, took over at the start of the year and his attack-minded Leverkusen have now won three of their four league games under him.
Wendell opened their account after five minutes and despite an equaliser from Robin Quaison four minutes later, the visitors struck another three times before the break through Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi.