ROME (AP) — Roma extended its record Serie A start to 10 straight wins Thursday, as Marco Borriello scored in the 67th minute of a 1-0 victory over last-place Chievo Verona.
For the second consecutive match, Roma struggled for long stretches but like in Sunday's 1-0 win over Udinese, a second-half substitute proved decisive.
Alessandro Florenzi came on in the 59th and eight minutes later provided a short pass within the area to Borriello, who headed in from close range off the post.
"The numbers are important and I was the only one in attack missing from the scoring sheet," Borriello said after his first goal of the season. "Our objective is still the (Champions League)."
The victory restored Roma's five-point lead ahead of Napoli and Juventus, which are level second.
With one more win, Roma can match Tottenham's 11 straight victories in 1960-61 for the best start in a major European league.
The Giallorossi's next match comes at Torino on Sunday.
Roma had already broken the Serie A record for best start, previously held by Juventus.
Juventus recorded eight opening victories in 1930-31 and 1985-86, and also won nine straight matches to start 2005-06 but was stripped of its title-winning season in the "calciopoli" match-fixing scandal.
Perhaps even more impressive than the winning streak is Roma's scoreline thus far, with 24 goals scored and only one conceded.
"(Chievo) doesn't deserve to be last. They played really well, as a squad," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "I had said it would be a difficult match and I wasn't wrong. We're missing some key players in attack but the important thing was to win, make it 10 out of 10."
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