Stadio Olimpico, Roma, Italy
Roma closed the gap on leaders Juventus to seven points in Serie A after thrashing Torino 4-1 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
First-half goals from Edin Džeko and Mohamed Salah gave the Giallorossi a 2-0 half-time lead before Leandro Paredes and Radja Nainggolan extended their lead either side of a Maxi López consolation.
After an evenly contested first few minutes, it was the hosts who had the first sight of goal in the third minute when Emerson’s corner was flicked-on into the path of Juan Jesus, who fired just wide at the back-post.
Seven minutes later the Giallorossi took the lead when Nainggolan found Džeko, who fired home from just outside the area into the bottom-corner.
A minute later the hosts went close to a second when the visitors failed to deal with an Emerson cross, the loose ball fell to Nainggolan, whose volley was saved well by Joe Hart.
Six minutes later the hosts doubled their lead when Kevin Strootman’s cross-field pass towards Džeko fell to Salah, who volleyed home, beating Hart at his near-post.
Two minutes later the Giallorossi very nearly made it three when Salah dispossessed Antonio Barreca and surged forward before cutting-inside to curl an effort that hit the post.
In the 23rd minute Torino had a good chance to pull a goal back when Iago Falque’s delivery from a freekick caused havoc for the Roma defence, the loose ball fell to Andrea Belotti, but he fired the ball over the bar from close-range, although he was offside.
In the 39th minute the visitors went close when Roma failed to clear a Torino corner, the ball fell to Saša Lukić outside the area, but he volleyed just wide of the target.
A minute before the interval the visitors had a good chance when Falque played Marco Benassi through on-goal but just as the midfielder was about to pull the trigger, Jesus made a fine last-ditch-challenge to deny him.
Five minutes into the restart the hosts went close to a third when a Paredes cross found Džeko, who controlled the ball before firing the ball just over the bar.
In the 59th minute the hosts went close again when Emerson charged down a Lorenzo De Silvestri clearance with the ball ricocheting onto the roof of the net.
Four minutes later the visitors went close. After Adem Ljajić’s cross was charged down the loose ball fell to Belotti, whose effort on the turn produced a comfortable save from Wojciech Szczęsny.
Two minutes later the hosts made it three when a Roma corner was cleared to Paredes, who rifled home an accurate strike from-range.
In the 71st minute the Giallorossi went close to a fourth when a Roma corner was met by Federico Fazio with a header but his effort was straightforward for Hart.
Three minutes later Roma should have made it four when a fine disguised-pass from Paredes found Nainggolan, whose volley was palmed away by Hart ahead of Salah, into the path of Bruno Peres, who had to score, but he rattled the bar although the flag was already up for offside.
Five minutes later the visitors had a good chance to pull a goal back when two Torino substitutes combined. Lucas Boyé found López, but his effort from a tight-angle was tame and produced a straightforward save from Szczęsny.
Five minutes later López managed to get the better of the Polish goalkeeper. The substitute latched onto a fine pass from Davide Zappacosta before firing home across Szczęsny to grab a late consolation.
In the first minute of injury-time Roma made it four. Salah did well to control the ball and find substitute Francesco Totti, who teed up Nainggolan, who ferociously fired home past Hart.
A minute later the visitors went close to reducing the deficit once more when Belotti met a cross from Boyé but he could only head just wide.
The result meant that Roma moved back into second, now on 56 points, seven behind leaders Juventus, whilst Torino remained in ninth on 35 points.