Serie A - Round-up: Juan wins it for Roma
Juan’s goal proved the difference as AS Roma registered a comfortable 1-0 victory over rock-bottom Bari in Serie A.
Roma went into the game undefeated at the Stadio Olimpico in the league this season, while Bari were without a win on the road.
And Roma’s fine record was rarely in doubt after Brazilian Juan’s goal on the half-hour.
Sampdoria, who will find out at a hearing on Monday if banished striker Antonio Cassano can be sacked, missed the chance to keep pace with Roma when new Brescia coach Mario Beretta oversaw a 1-0 success for the strugglers against Samp.
Fellow promoted side Lecce also picked up a 3-2 victory over Chievo but stayed third-from-bottom while Brazilian striker Nene netted a hat-trick in Cagliari's 3-0 win over nine-man Catania.
In the Roma match Bari started brightly, with Nico Pulzetti bringing down the ball on the top-right corner of the box and firing in a low cross which a Roma defender cleared just over the bar in what turned out to be the visitor's only chance of note in the first half.
Roma were then handed a golden opportunity when Michele Rinaldi grabbed hold of Marco Borriello's shirt, with the Milan loanee hitting the deck and the referee duly pointing to the spot.
But Roma captain Francesco Totti hit a tame penalty which Jean Francois Gillet saved low to his right.
Totti redeemed himself 10 minutes later when his chipped free-kick evaded the Bari defence and Juan nipped in front of Gillet to turn the ball home.
Roma continued to dominate after the break, with Totti charging down the centre and linking up with Borriello, who cut inside to make space before seeing his low shot well saved.
Jeremy Menez toyed with the visitors from the right wing throughout and had a penalty shout turned down when his low cross was deflected on to Rinaldi’s arm.
Frenchman Menez then took matters into his own hands and, instead of crossing, cut inside on to his left foot and unleashed a fierce shot which Gillet batted away.
And the 23-year-old forced another smart stop from Gillet soon after, this time driving through the middle before shooting low to the keeper’s right.
Borriello looked to have doubled Roma’s lead with three minutes remaining but the 28-year-old was adjudged to have handled in the build-up.
But, with Bari providing little attacking threat throughout, one goal was always going to be enough for Roma to take maximum points and rise to sixth in the table.