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2014-15 Italian Serie A
  • Maxi López (64')
  • Alessandro Florenzi (57' PEN)

Torino 1-1 AS Roma

Roma surrendered their grip on second place in Serie A to fierce rivals Lazio by struggling through a 1-1 draw at Torino.
While the Biancocelesti were busy dismantling Empoli on their way to claiming a 4-0 victory, Roma were lethargic and needed an Alessandro Florenzi penalty to take the lead on 57 minutes.
Maxi Lopez promptly equalised and Roma stumbled towards their ninth draw in 13 games.
Now they are 13 points behind leaders Juventus, Rudi Garcia's men will likely to focus their efforts on reclaiming the runners-up spot from Lazio with only eight matches remaining to do so.
Roma enjoyed the better chances of the first half but the opening 45 minutes would be tame.
Juan Iturbe was first to try his luck, fizzing the ball over the bar from outside the box before Daniele De Rossi copied the move only to send his shot even higher.
In the 21st minute Radja Nainggolan carved out some space and tested Daniele Padelli with a right-footed effort.
The Torino goalkeeper coped well again, when Iturbe exploded down the left wing to force him into a desperate punching save.
With half-time fast approaching, Florenzi came up just short on a pin-point cross from Miralem Pjanic and the game remained goalless at the break.
Roma returned to the pitch full of intent and Jose Holebas almost fooled Padelli with a shot from the edge of the box that the keeper fumbled.
The Giallorossi were given a helping hand in the 57th minute as Emiliano Moretti fouled De Rossi to concede a penalty. Florenzi stepped up to take it and Padelli was duly beaten.
That lead would disappear seven minutes later, however, with Lopez coolly steering Giuseppe Vives' pass beyond Morgan De Sanctis from the middle of the box.
Adem Ljajic had the ball in the net in the 70th minute only for the offside flag to deny him and his replacement Seydou Doumbia threatened a prompt goal with a header only a few minutes later.
With time ticking away Roma piled forward and, after Padelli coped well with Florenzi's drive from deep, Nainggolan's missile from distance represented the capital club's last effort of the match.
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