SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 28 - 9 Mar 2018 (19.45 UK)
Roma 3 - 0 Torino
Manolas 56, De Rossi 73, Pellegrini 90
Stadio Olimpico

Roma provisionally moved into third place for a Champions League spot with a 3-0 win against Torino on Friday.

Alisson was forced into a late flurry of saves in the first half, but Roma managed to break down Torino after the restart, with goals from Kostas Manolas, Daniele De Rossi and substitute Lorenzo Pellegrini doing the job.

The Giallorossi were brimming with rediscovered confidence after a shock 4-2 victory at leaders Napoli but were also trying to focus on turning around the Champions League Round of 16 with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Some decisions were forced upon Coach Eusebio Di Francesco, as Edin Dzeko and Federico Fazio were suspended, with Gregoire Defrel and Rick Karsdorp injured, so Patrik Schick got a chance to shine.

Toro were in crisis after back-to-back defeats against Juventus and Verona, missing Adem Ljajic, Lyanco, Joel Obi, Cristian Molinaro, Kevin Bonifazi and suspended Nicolas Burdisso.

Toro won here 2-1 in December to knock Roma out of the Coppa Italia, but that was when Sinisa Mihajlovic was still in charge. 

Roma dominated possession in the early stages but without ever really testing Salvatore Sirigu, and Toro were able to draw confidence from that.

Indeed, Iago Falque’s curler against his former club was expertly tipped around the post by Alisson, before Andrea Belotti knocked a corner wide from a yard out, leaving the striker on just five goals in 21 appearances in 2017-18.

The goalkeeper then needed to push away Afriyie Acquah’s low drive, and from that the Lupi turned a corner as Manolas headed home Alessandro Florenzi’s pinpoint delivery.

The Greek looked to the skies in memory of former teammate Davide Astori, whose legacy was honoured before kick-off, but De Rossi chose to remain silent after he slotted home from a free kick.

Roma never looked like throwing away their lead after that, yet Pellegrini nonetheless scored a third deep in stoppage time, coolly finishing off a quick-fire breakaway.

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Roma: Alisson; Florenzi, Manolas, Juan Jesus, Kolarov; Nainggolan, De Rossi (Pellegrini 84), Strootman (Gonalons 89); Cengiz (Gerson 76), Schick, El Shaarawy
Torino: Sirigu; De Silvestri (Barreca 71), Nkoulou, Moretti, Ansaldi; Rincon, Acquah (Edera 80); Falque (Niang 68), Baselli, Berenguer; Belotti
Ref: Maresca