Serie A: Roma snatch draw in Florence

Second-placed Roma came from behind to draw 1-1 away against Fiorentina, leaving them seven points behind table-toppers Juventus.

 

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Roma slipped a further two points behind Juventus following their 1-1 away draw against Fiorentina, extending the gap to seven points.

 

Second-placed Roma have now drawn their last three matches, while the stalemate brought an end to Fiorentina’s run of three consecutive victories.

 

Hosts Fiorentina opened the scoring after 19 minutes through Mario Gómez, but Adem Ljajić equalised in the 49th minute to salvage a draw for the visitors.

 

Fiorentina started the match on top and had the first chance in the 14th minute, but Gonzalo Rodríguez‘s effort was cleared off the line by Daniele De Rossi.

 

The home side got their breakthrough goal five minutes later though, with Gómez redirecting a long-range effort from David Pizarro into the back of the net.

 

In the 30th minute, Radja Nainggolan had Roma’s first clear goalscoring opportunity when he got on the end of a Ljajić corner, only to be denied by a fine save from Fiorentina keeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu.

 

Nenad Tomović could have put the hosts two ahead just before the break after turning sharply, but the Serbian fired just wide.

 

Fiorentina were made to rue their missed opportunities just four minutes into the second half, with Ljajić equalising against his former employers.

 

After receiving the ball from captain Francesco Totti, Juan Iturbe beat his man on the right flank before picking out Ljajić, who calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

 

Roma almost found themselves in front moments after Ljajić’s goal when Totti found Iturbe once again, but the Argentine winger could not beat Tătăruşanu.

 

In the 72nd minute, Ljajić had a chance to double his tally after receiving the ball from Iturbe, but the Serbian missed the target, launching the ball over the bar.

 

With the game finishing in a tie, Roma hold a six-point advantage over third-placed Napoli, while Fiorentina remain in sixth position.

 

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Second half goals from Paul Pogba and Stephan Lichtsteiner helped Juventus capitalise on Roma’s stalemate, defeating Chievo Verona 2-0.

 

Gonzalo Higuaín scored a brace to give Napoli a 2-1 home win against Genoa, keeping his side two points ahead of Lazio and Sampdoria.

 

Fourth-placed Lazio added to A.C. Milan’s woes, coming from behind to defeat the former giants 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico.

 

Milan’s star striker Jérémy Ménez scored after four minutes, only for veteran Miroslav Klose to score in between Marco Parolo‘s second half brace.

 

Milan’s crosstown rivals Inter Milan endured an equally dismal weekend, suffering a surprise 1-0 loss at home against Torino, with Emiliano Moretti scoring an injury time winner.

 

Sampdoria – in equal fourth with Lazio – were forced to share the points with Palermo after taking the lead in the sixth minute, drawing 1-1 at home.

 

Cagliari continued their revival under new boss Gianfranco Zola, winning 2-1 against Sassuolo to climb out of the bottom three.

 

In the battle of the bottom two, Cesena clinched their first win in 18 games to move out of bottom position, defeating Parma 2-1 away from home.

 

In other results, former Barcelona striker Javier Saviola scored his first goal in Serie A to give Hellas Verona a 1-0 win over Atalanta, while Udinese won 2-1 away against Empoli.

 

Written by Marco Balsamo

 

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