Italian Serie A
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Roma continue Serie A title chase with win at Verona

Roma's Francesco Totti

Second-placed Roma closed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to six points with a routine win at Verona.

The Giallorossi opened the scoring in first-half injury time when Adem Ljajic tapped in Gervinho's left-wing cross.

Verona's Emil Hallfredsson smashed a fierce drive past Roma keeper Morgan De Sanctis to level soon after the break.

But Roma retook the lead when Gervinho struck after jinking past several home defenders, before Francesco Totti capped the win with a late penalty.

It was an important win for Rudi Garcia's men as they looked to take advantage of Juventus's slip-up at Roma's cross-city rivals Lazio on Saturday.

The defending champions battled back to earn a 1-1 draw in Rome, after seeing goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon sent off midway through the first half.

Roma, who were beaten 3-0 at Juve earlier this month, started positively as they sensed an opportunity to reinvigorate their fading challenge for the Scudetto.

But, after Mattia Destro and Ljajic both missed early chances, they had to be patient until the Serbia international converted from close range.

Verona equalised when Hallfredsson profited from a strong burst by team-mate Juan Iturbe, before former Arsenal forward Gervinho continued his impressive form with a smart strike.

And Roma sealed the win after they were awarded a debatable spot-kick for a foul on Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis.

Veteran striker Totti, who was introduced as 76th-minute substitute, converted his 232nd goal for Roma to secure a third consecutive win since their defeat at Juventus.

Line-ups

Hellas Verona

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 23González
  • 29Cacciatore
  • 5DonatiSubstituted forLongoat 83'minutes
  • 25Marques PintoBooked at 81mins
  • 22MaiettaSubstituted forDonadelat 39'minutes
  • 2Orestes CaldeiraBooked at 9mins
  • 10HallfredssonBooked at 79mins
  • 9Toni
  • 15Iturbe
  • 21Gomez TalebSubstituted forMartinhoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martinho
  • 7Longo
  • 8Cacia
  • 11Jankovic
  • 12Andrade
  • 14Cirigliano
  • 17Donsah
  • 26Sala
  • 30Donadel
  • 98Borra

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 13Maicon
  • 35Torosidis
  • 16De Rossi
  • 17Benatia
  • 5Leandro
  • 44NainggolanBooked at 44minsSubstituted forPjanicat 60'minutes
  • 6Strootman
  • 22DestroBooked at 67minsSubstituted forTottiat 76'minutes
  • 27Gervinho
  • 8LjajicSubstituted forFlorenziat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lobont
  • 3Dodô
  • 7Marquinho
  • 10Totti
  • 11Taddei
  • 15Pjanic
  • 24Florenzi
  • 28Skorupski
  • 33Jedvaj
  • 46Romagnoli
  • 94Ricci
  • 95Mazzitelli
Referee:
Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni

Match Stats

Home TeamHellas VeronaAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Verona 1, Roma 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Verona 1, Roma 3.

Offside, Roma. Francesco Totti tries a through ball, but Gervinho is caught offside.

Francesco Totti (Roma) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Alessandro Florenzi.

Attempt saved. Alejandro González (Verona) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rômulo with a cross.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Morgan De Sanctis.

Attempt blocked. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maicon.

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

Foul by Rômulo (Verona).

Attempt missed. Marco Donadel (Verona) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fabrizio Cacciatore.

Daniele De Rossi (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Iturbe (Verona).

Attempt missed. Rômulo (Verona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luca Toni.

Corner, Verona. Conceded by Maicon.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Samuele Longo replaces Massimo Donati.

Goal!

Goal! Verona 1, Roma 3. Francesco Totti (Roma) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Rafael Marques (Verona) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Roma. Vasilis Torosidis draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Alejandro González (Verona) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Leandro Castán (Roma) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Francesco Totti with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Emil Hallfredsson (Verona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Francesco Totti (Roma) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emil Hallfredsson (Verona).

Foul by Leandro Castán (Roma).

Luca Toni (Verona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rômulo (Verona).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Francesco Totti replaces Mattia Destro.

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

Foul by Marco Donadel (Verona).

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Roma. Conceded by Fabrizio Cacciatore.

Attempt saved. Emil Hallfredsson (Verona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Rafael Marques.

Substitution

Substitution, Verona. Raphael Martinho replaces Juan Gomez Taleb.

Booking

Mattia Destro (Roma) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mattia Destro (Roma).

Juan Iturbe (Verona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Alessandro Florenzi replaces Adem Ljajic.

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

goal

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Sunday 26th January 2014

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