According to some sources, the city of Rome receives as much as 31.4 inches (798mm) of rain per year, nearly half of which seemed to fall in a two-hour span this afternoon when the city's football club played host to Sampdoria in a critical round 15 Serie A fixture. From the first minute to the last, the pitch at the Stadio Olimpico was pelted by pea-sized precipitation, leaving the ground a muddy mess, where every step, every tackle, and every pass produced a cascading mixture of water, soil, and grass.
While the afternoon had the look of a match that would turn on some random bounce or deflection off the slick surface (or a slick elbow or shin), Roma managed to overcome the horrendous conditions and the surprisingly stout Sampdoria defense, hitting their guests with a deluge of shots in the second half.
And rather than the result hinging on a moment of chaos, Rick Karsdorp and Edin Dzeko combined to deliver Roma the victory in the 72nd minute, when Karsdorp played a beautiful low cross into Dzeko, who redirected and lifted the ball over the outstretched arms of Sampdoria keeper Emil Audero.
So, just in case you missed it, enjoy Roma in the rain!