Palermo dragged themselves off the foot of the table after a shock 2-0 victory over Roma.
These teams had very different campaigns, as the Sicilians were bottom of the table and the Giallorossi back in the race for Europe after Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli’s arrival. Marquinhos and Nico Lopez missed out, but Simone Perrotta and Miralem Pjanic returned from injury. Fabrizio Miccoli and Edgar Barreto were back for Palermo, as only long-term absentees Abel Hernandez and Andrea Mantovani were sidelined.
This week Francesco Totti marked the 20th anniversary of his Serie A debut, but Pablo Daniel Osvaldo was dropped again.
Alessandro Florenzi blasted over from a promising position, but at the other end the ball pinged around the box with several Jasmin Kurtic efforts charged down before it was eventually cleared.
Miccoli curled one of his trademark free kicks on to the crossbar with Maarten Stekelenburg beaten after eight minutes.
Palermo started the stronger side and took a deserved lead when Josip Ilicic trapped a Miccoli cross-field pass just inside the box, pulled back on to his stronger foot and fired in an angled drive.
Moments later, Kurtic almost made it 2-0, as he gathered from Michel Morganella to thump the base of the upright.
Roma tried to make an impact at the Barbera, as Stefano Sorrentino needed two touches to take the sting out of Totti’s shot.
It was all Palermo and they doubled their advantage with a classic move. Andrea Dossena rolled into the middle for Ilicic, whose cross found Miccoli to finish with the outside of his right boot.
Aurelio Andreazzoli had to shake things up, introducing Osvaldo and Pjanic. Sorrentino was immediately busier than in the first half, denying a weak Osvaldo effort and a Pjanic free kick. Pjanic also curled just wide and Daniele De Rossi’s header was off target.
Totti’s first touch let him down – not something that happens often – when clear on goal and Barreto failed to make the most of an Ilicic assist. Osvaldo tested Sorrentino in the final minutes and Florenzi turned off target from a Pjanic long pass.
Sorrentino was at full stretch to fingertip an Osvaldo angled drive just out of the far bottom corner.
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