Roma were held to a shock home draw by bottom of the table Pescara, who ended their run of eight consecutive defeats.
The Giallorossi were feeling confident after beating Inter 3-2 on Wednesday in the Coppa Italia semi-final and revived their chances of qualifying for Europe too. Pescara were propping up the table and practically relegated after a club record eight consecutive defeats. Nicolas Burdisso and Federico Balzaretti were suspended with Marquinho out due to a knee inflammation.
The Delfini arrived without the suspended Giuseppe Sculli, injured Vladimir Weiss, Juan Fernando Quintero, Luciano Zauri, Mattia Perin, Antonio Bocchetti, Gaetano D’Agostino and Per Kroldrup.
Surprisingly, Pescara nearly took the lead after 60 seconds when Ferdinando Sforzini sprung the offside trap to fire over the bar.
Pescara had started much the stronger side and took a deserved lead on 14 minutes. Maarten Stekelenburg got down to flap away an Emmanuel Cascione snapshot and Gianluca Caprari nodded in the rebound. The Roma-owned Giallorossi youth product did not celebrate.
Alessandro Florenzi ran on to a Francesco Totti pass to test Ivan Pelizzoli at the near post, while the captain’s rocket of a volley was just over from a corner.
Daniele De Rossi went clear after Osvaldo and Totti combined, but opted to roll across for Florenzi and it was intercepted by Uros Cosic when he should’ve gone for goal himself.
Roma had penalty appeals before the break as Marco Capuano nodded down a ball that bounced off the ground and back on to his arm, but the ricochet meant it could not have been considered voluntary.
Mattia Destro came on for the second half and within a couple of minutes had penalty appeals, but he fell long after the contact with Damiano Zanon.
Destro equalised soon after, as a corner took a few touches and De Rossi’s wayward shot turned into an assist that he tapped in from point-blank range.
Totti stung Pelizzoli’s palms, then De Rossi spun round on the penalty spot and again found Pelizzoli ready. Destro sprung the offside trap – incorrectly – and Pelizzoli performed another stunning reaction save.
Sforzini pounced on a Leandro Castan error only to fire straight at Stekelenburg, while Di Francesco – the teenage son of former Roma star Eusebio Di Francesco – almost scored for Pescara when his lob was flapped spectacularly by Stekelenburg.
Osvaldo had penalty appeals when he fell after contact with Cosic, but the referee waved play on.