Francesco Totti scored on his return as Roma beat Udinese to maintain their grip on second place in Serie A.

Totti, who had been out for a month with a buttock injury, opened the scoring from a rebound and Mattia Destro doubled the lead.

Giampiero Pinzi halved the deficit but Vasilis Torosidis restored the two-goal margin before Dusan Basta ensured a nervous final 10 minutes for Roma.

A record too far?

Francesco Totti, now 37, is Roma's top scorer of all-time and is the second highest goalscorer in Serie A history with 233.

Silvio Piola, who played in the 1930s, 40s and 50s for several clubs including rivals Lazio, holds the record with 274.

Roma maintain a three-point lead over Napoli, who beat Torino 1-0 on Monday.

Napoli kept up the pressure on Roma for the second automatic Champions League spot thanks to Gonzalo Higuain's controversial last-minute winner.

The Argentine appeared to foul Torino defender Kamil Glik before firing an angled effort that goalkeeper Daniele Padelli failed to hold.

It was Higuain's 14th goal this season, after his £34.5m move from Real Madrid in July, moving him one behind Juventus's Carlos Tevez, Serie A's top scorer this season.

Juve lead Serie A by 14 points from Roma, who have a game in hand.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Roma

  • 26 De Sanctis
  • 35 Torosidis
  • 03 Dodô (Romagnoli - 85' )
  • 11 Taddei
  • 17 Benatia
  • 05 Leandro
  • 15 Pjanic
  • 44 Nainggolan Booked
  • 22 Destro (Bastos - 81' )
  • 10 Totti (Florenzi - 72' )
  • 27 Gervinho

Substitutes

  • 01 Lobont
  • 02 Toloi
  • 08 Ljajic
  • 20 Bastos
  • 24 Florenzi
  • 28 Skorupski
  • 33 Jedvaj
  • 46 Romagnoli
  • 94 Ricci
  • 95 Mazzitelli

Udinese

  • 22 Scuffet
  • 27 Widmer Booked
  • 08 Basta
  • 11 Domizzi
  • 05 Larangeira
  • 75 Heurtaux
  • 07 Badu (Zielinski - 85' )
  • 66 Pinzi (Muriel - 64' )
  • 10 Di Natale (López - 80' )
  • 37 Pereyra
  • 03 Marques Loureiro

Substitutes

  • 01 Brkic
  • 02 Neuton
  • 04 Gomes Pereira
  • 06 Bubnjic
  • 09 Muriel
  • 17 López
  • 18 Alves dos Santos
  • 20 Yebda
  • 21 Lazzari
  • 30 Kelava
  • 70 Reginaldo de Matos
  • 94 Zielinski
Ref: Paolo Tagliavento
Att: 34,274

Match Stats

Shots

20 14

On target

9 7

Corners

5 11

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Roma 3, Udinese 2.

90:00 +3:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Roma 3, Udinese 2.

90:00 +1:55

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:55

Foul by Piotr Zielinski (Udinese).

87:51

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic with a through ball.

86:59

Gervinho (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:59

Foul by Danilo (Udinese).

85:49

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:49

Foul by Piotr Zielinski (Udinese).

84:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Alessio Romagnoli replaces Dodô.

84:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Udinese. Piotr Zielinski replaces Emmanuel Badu.

84:12

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Alessandro Florenzi.

80:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Michel Bastos replaces Mattia Destro.

79:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 3, Udinese 2. Dusan Basta (Udinese) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

79:52

Attempt saved. Allan (Udinese) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Luis Muriel with a cross.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Udinese. Nico López replaces Antonio Di Natale.

79:07

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Mehdi Benatia.

75:01

Attempt missed. Allan (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antonio Di Natale following a fast break.

74:01

Attempt saved. Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

71:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Francesco Totti.

71:04

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:04

Foul by Danilo (Udinese).

70:59

Attempt blocked. Dusan Basta (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Heurtaux with a headed pass.

70:35

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Radja Nainggolan.

70:27

Attempt saved. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Muriel with a cross.

69:55

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Mehdi Benatia.

68:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 3, Udinese 1. Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francesco Totti.

67:02 Booking

Booking Silivan Widmer (Udinese) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:00

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Thomas Heurtaux.

66:57

Attempt blocked. Gervinho (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dodô.

65:56

Attempt saved. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

65:04

Attempt blocked. Dodô (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

64:45

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Silivan Widmer.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Udinese. Luis Muriel replaces Giampiero Pinzi.

62:28

Attempt missed. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic from a direct free kick.

61:40

Mattia Destro (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:40

Foul by Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese).

61:01

Attempt blocked. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

59:52

Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:52

Foul by Emmanuel Badu (Udinese).

55:15

Attempt missed. Francesco Totti (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Vasilis Torosidis.

54:10

Attempt saved. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:56

Attempt blocked. Miralem Pjanic (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

52:20

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:20

Foul by Allan (Udinese).

50:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 2, Udinese 1. Giampiero Pinzi (Udinese) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Allan.

49:27

Foul by Rodrigo Taddei (Roma).

49:27

Allan (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:46

Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:46

Foul by Giampiero Pinzi (Udinese).

46:30

Foul by Mattia Destro (Roma).

46:30

Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:03

Rodrigo Taddei (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:03

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Udinese).

45:00

Second Half begins Roma 2, Udinese 0.

45:00 +0:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Roma 2, Udinese 0.

42:28

Offside, Udinese. Dusan Basta tries a through ball, but Giampiero Pinzi is caught offside.

40:40

Mattia Destro (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:40

Foul by Thomas Heurtaux (Udinese).

39:31

Foul by Mattia Destro (Roma).

39:31

Allan (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:34

Attempt missed. Mattia Destro (Roma) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vasilis Torosidis with a cross.

36:47

Attempt missed. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Roberto Pereyra.

35:21

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Danilo.

34:39

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Dodô.

33:16

Attempt saved. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodrigo Taddei.

31:24

Attempt saved. Antonio Di Natale (Udinese) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Badu.

30:38

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

30:38

Allan (Udinese) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 2, Udinese 0. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gervinho with a through ball following a fast break.

28:27

Foul by Mattia Destro (Roma).

28:27

Silivan Widmer (Udinese) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:07 Booking

Booking Radja Nainggolan (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:59

Foul by Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

25:59

Silivan Widmer (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:01

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

25:01

Giampiero Pinzi (Udinese) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:12

Offside, Roma. Morgan De Sanctis tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

23:35

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Morgan De Sanctis.

23:03

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Leandro Castán.

22:59

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Badu (Udinese) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Allan with a through ball.

22:45

Foul by Dodô (Roma).

22:45

Silivan Widmer (Udinese) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Roma 1, Udinese 0. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

21:29

Attempt saved. Gervinho (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic.

20:11

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:11

Foul by Giampiero Pinzi (Udinese).

18:36

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:36

Foul by Emmanuel Badu (Udinese).

17:06

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Dodô.

15:49

Mehdi Benatia (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:49

Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Udinese).

15:42

Attempt blocked. Vasilis Torosidis (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

15:40

Attempt saved. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

15:36

Attempt saved. Mehdi Benatia (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

11:33

Attempt blocked. Francesco Totti (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

10:48

Offside, Roma. Vasilis Torosidis tries a through ball, but Miralem Pjanic is caught offside.

9:06

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Thomas Heurtaux.

8:11

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Vasilis Torosidis.

8:10

Attempt blocked. Maurizio Domizzi (Udinese) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Di Natale with a cross.

7:47

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Leandro Castán.

7:42

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Badu (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Di Natale.

2:38

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Miralem Pjanic following a corner.

2:29

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Simone Scuffet.

2:20

Attempt saved. Mattia Destro (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gervinho.

1:42

Corner, Udinese. Conceded by Leandro Castán.

1:39

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Badu (Udinese) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antonio Di Natale.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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