A.S. Roma vs Torino F.C.

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Serie A

February 19th

Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy


10′ Džeko

17′ Salah

65′ Paredes

84′ López

90’+1′ Nainggolan

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FT: The result means that Roma move back into second, now on 56 points, seven behind leaders Juventus, whilst Torino remain in ninth on 35 points.

FT: The scoreline didn’t reflect the nature of Torino’s performance. They created a number of good chances and went close on a handful of occasions. First Belotti tested Szczęsny from a strike on the turn before López forced the Polish keeper into a fine save at his near-post. López then fired home after a fine pass from Zappacosta before Belotti headed just wide from a Boyé cross.

FT: The damage was already done in the first-half but Roma created a number of chances to add to their tally. First Džeko fired the ball just over the bar before Emerson’s block caused the ball to ricochet onto the roof of Hart’s net. Paredes then drilled home from-range before Fazio tested Hart from a header following a corner. Peres then rattled the bar after Hart parried a Nainggolan strike before Džeko fired the ball just wide after surging forward. Then Nainggolan sealed the victory with a powerful strike.

FT: So Roma thrash Torino to close the gap on Juventus to seven points once more.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+2′ Chance!! Belotti meets a cross from Boyé but can only head just wide.

90’+1′ Goal!! Salah does well to control the ball and find Totti, who tees up Nainggolan, who ferociously fires home past Hart.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

89′ Final Roma change sees Džeko replaced by Diego Perotti.

84′ Goal!! López latches onto a fine pass from Zappacosta to fire home across Szczęsny.

81′ Second Roma change sees Francesco Totti replace Strootman.

79′ Chance!! Two substitutes combine when Boyé finds López but his effort is tame and produces an easy save for Szczęsny from a tight-angle.

78′ The delivery is cleared.

78′ Final Torino change sees Ljajić replaced by Maxi López.

77′ Barreca concedes a corner.

76′ Close!! Džeko surges forward before firing the ball just wide under-pressure.

75′ Salah is penalised for a foul on Moretti.

74′ Close!! A fine disguised-pass from Paredes finds Nainggolan, whose volley is palmed away by Hart ahead of Salah, into the path of Peres, who has to score but he rattles the bar although the flag was already up for offside.

73′ First Roma change sees Thomas Vermaelen replace Manolas.

71′ Chance!! The delivery is met by Fazio, whose effort is straightforward for Hart.

71′ The delivery is cleared and the hosts look to break with Salah, whose pass towards Strootman is intercepted behind at the expense of a corner.

70′ The delivery is cleared before Ljajić wins another corner.

70′ The delivery is cleared behind for another corner.

69′ Second Torino change sees Benassi replaced by Lucas Boyé.

69′ Barreca surges forward before firing an effort that deflects behind for a corner.

66′ Salah is caught offside.

65′ Goal!! The delivery is cleared to Paredes, who rifles home from-range.

64′ Nainggolan wins a corner.

63′ Chance!! After Ljajić’s cross is charged down the loose ball falls to Belotti, whose effort on the turn is saved well by Szczęsny.

61′ Benassi is booked for a cynical foul on Strootman.

59′ Close!! Emerson charges down a De Silvestri clearance and the ball ricochets just onto the roof of the net.

58′ Baselli is penalised for a foul.

57′ First Torino change sees on-loan Roma winger Juan Iturbe replace former Roma winger Falque.

56′ Belotti is penalised for a foul.

56′ Nainggolan is caught offside.

55′ Lukić is booked for a cynical foul on Emerson.

53′ Lukić sends in a teasing delivery that just evades Baselli at the back-post.

51′ Torino lose possession in their own half and Džeko receives the ball and has options  but he goes himself and fires the ball over the bar from-range.

50′ Close!! A Paredes cross is controlled by Džeko, who fires the ball just over the bar.

49′ Falque wins a freekick.

48′ Džeko wins a freekick.

45′ Salah is penalised for a foul.

45′ Roma get the second-half underway.

HT: So will Roma extend their lead or will Torino come back in this match? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: The hosts will look to extend their tally in the second-half in order to put the game to bed. The visitors will need to provide Belotti with better service. The visitors have got into some promising positions but the final pass has let them down on a few occasions. Some more clinical play in the last-third may be the difference between the two sides.

HT: Despite the goal-margin, the visitors have created some good chances and went close when Benassi first curled the ball over the bar before Belotti fired the ball over the bar albeit from an offside position. Then Lukić fired just wide on the volley before Jesus denied Benassi with a fine challenge as the Torino midfielder looked set to pull the trigger.

HT: The hosts could have been out of sight within the first 20 minutes in truth but they have the two goals and have managed to keep Torino at bay thus-far. The hosts created a number of good chances, first Jesus fired just wide before Džeko’s goal. Then Nainggolan and Džeko tested Hart before Salah doubled the lead. The Egyptian then went agonisingly close when he hit the post.

HT: So Roma have a two-goal cushion at the break.

45′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

44′ Chance!! Falque plays Benassi through on-goal but just as the midfielder is about to pull the trigger, Jesus makes a fine last-ditch-challenge to deny him with the loose ball collected by Szczęsny.

39′ Close!! Roma fail to clear the corner and the ball falls to Lukić outside the area, who volleys the ball just wide of the target.

39′ Zappacosta wins a corner.

37′ Paredes is penalised for a foul.

36′ Belotti wins a freekick.

35′ Hart misplaces a pass and Paredes seizes the loose ball and fires an effort harmlessly off-target from-range.

34′ Fazio concedes a corner.

28′ The corner is cleared to Nainggolan, who fires an effort harmlessly wide from-range.

27′ Zappacosta concedes a corner.

25′ The freekick comes to nothing as Belotti is fouled by Strootman.

24′ Peres wins a freekick.

24′ Falque is caught offside.

23′ Chance!! Falque’s delivery from the freekick causes havoc and the ball falls to Belotti, who fires the ball over the bar from close-range.

22′ Zappacosta wins a freekick in a good position.

20′ Chance!! Zappacosta sends in a cross that is cleared to Benassi, who curls an effort over the bar.

19′ So close!! Salah dispossesses Barreca and surges forward before cutting-inside to curl an effort that hits the post.

17′ Goal!! Strootman’s cross-field pass towards Džeko falls to Salah, who volleys home to beat Hart at his near-post.

14′ Chance!! A teasing delivery from Emerson falls to Džeko at the back-post, whose half-volley stings the palms of Hart.

13′ Belotti is adjudged to have been offside although he looked to be onside.

12′ Belotti is caught offside.

11′ Close!! After Emerson’s delivery isn’t properly dealt with, the ball falls to Nainggolan, whose volley is saved well by Hart.

10′ Goal!! Nainggolan finds Džeko, who fires home from just outside the area into the bottom-corner.

6′ The corner is cleared before Falque is caught offside.

6′ Jesus concedes a corner.

4′ Paredes is penalised for a foul.

3′ Chance!! Emerson’s delivery is flicked-on towards Jesus, who fires wide at the back-post.

2′ A Salah cross is nodded towards Džeko by Nainggolan but the pass is blocked behind for a corner.

0′ Torino get the game underway.

Team news:

A.S. Roma: Wojciech Szczęsny (GK), Juan Jesus, Federico Fazio, Kostas Manolas, Emerson, Kevin Strootman, Leandro Paredes, Bruno Peres, Mohamed Salah, Radja Nainggolan, Edin Džeko 

Torino F.C.: Joe Hart (GK), Antonio Barreca,Emiliano Moretti, Lorenzo De Silvestri, Davide Zappacosta, Daniele Baselli, Saša Lukić, Marco Benassi, Adem Ljajić, Andrea Belotti, Iago Falque


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