Roma Keep Up Juventus Chase As Totti Makes History Again
AS Roma kept up the pressure on leaders, Juventus, on Sunday with victory at Udinese, Radja Nainggolan’s goal earning his side a sixth Serie A win in seven games.
Belgium midfielder Nainggolan scored on the turn after being teed up by Kevin Strootman.
Roma striker, Edin Dzeko, missed a penalty kick, firing over the bar when Marco Faraoni had handled.
However, the day’s highlight was when the 40-year-old Francesco Totti came on as a substitute, meaning he has now played in 25 calendar years for Roma.
Totti made his debut for the Rome club in 1993.
Udinese, who are 11th in the table, had several chances to equalise, but Wojciech Szczesny on loan from Arsenal saved well from Cyril Thereau and Rodrigo de Paul.
Napoli stayed in contention near the top with a 3-1 home win over bottom club Pescara, their fifth win in six league games.
Goals from Lorenzo Tonelli, Marek Hamsik and Dries Mertens moved Maurizio Sarri’s side on to 41 points, three behind Roma.
Elsewhere, fourth-placed Lazio had to come from behind to claim a 2-1 home win over Atalanta.
Ciro Immobile hit the winner from the penalty kick spot after Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had cancelled out Andrea Petagna’s opener for the visitors.
Genoa lost a fifth straight game as Marco Borriello hit a brace either side of half-time to help Cagliari win 4-1.