Pablo Daniel Osvaldo broke his goal drought and Erik Lamela scored a stunner as Roma conquered Torino 2-1.
The Giallorossi gave up on Champions League qualification and were forced to scrap just to get into Europe at all, but were also distracted by Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final with Inter. With that in mind, Francesco Totti was rested and Daniele De Rossi not risked after an ankle problem. Ivan Piris and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo returned from suspension after missing the Rome Derby, while Dodo’ was used as an unusual point for the trident. Toro were without Valter Birsa, Matteo Brighi and the banned Migjen Basha, but Giuseppe Vives was back in action.
Roma’s last Serie A defeat in Turin was in October 1990, followed by four wins and seven draws. Osvaldo failed to get on the end of a Piris ball flashed across the face of goal, then Erik Lamela came sliding in at full stretch to balloon a Dodo’ cross over from six yards.
Roma took the lead with Osvaldo’s first goal since January, as a Federico Balzaretti set play was whipped to the back post for his looping header back across Jean-Francois Gillet.
Alessio Cerci thought he had done enough to draw Torino level when his free kick curled over the wall, but it whacked the near post.
Toro did equalise soon after, as Rolando Bianchi’s header from a Cerci free kick struck Nicolas Andre Burdisso and the forward was quicker to react on the rebound, blasting in from eight yards.
Maarten Stekelenburg flew to palm another Cerci free kick on to the frame of the goal, this time hitting the bar after the restart.
However, moments later Roma took the lead with a magnificent goal from Erik Lamela. The Argentine picked his spot from the outside edge of the box, curling into the far top corner past a flailing Gillet.
A Piris screamer with the outside of the boot stung Gillet’s palms and Stek came tearing off his line to clear from Cerci.
Totti came off the bench and his free kick forced Gillet into another difficult save. Roma went down to 10 men, as Federico Balzaretti received a second yellow card 10 minutes from time.
Alessandro Florenzi nearly got a third goal, as on the counter from a Torino corner, Gillet got a fingertip to Osvaldo’s cross to stop him tapping in at the back post. Toro pushed to the very end, but Angelo Ogbonna and Cerci had shots deflected just wide.
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Sent off: Balzaretti 80 (R)