Soccer-Inspirational Gervinho helps Roma close gap on Juventus

Rejuvenated Gervinho produced another inspirational performance for Roma on Sunday, setting up one goal and scoring with a stylish effort of his own in a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona. Adem Ljajic and Francesco Totti were also on target as second-placed Roma cut the gap between themselves and leaders Juventus to six points and re-ignited the Serie A title race. Gervinho has been a different player following his close season move from English Premier League Arsenal, where his sometimes comical finishing and bizarre performances made him the object of criticism and sometimes derision. The Ivorian, who scored the only goal in Wednesday’s Coppa Italia win over Juventus, created Roma’s first chance with a typical surging run down the left only to see his effort wasted by Mattia Destro who prodded the ball over from six metres.

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