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Totti Turns Back Clock As Roma Beat Juventus

Francesco TottiFrancesco Totti’s powerful second-half strike earned Aurelio Andreazzoli his first win as AS Roma coach, the Giallorossi beating Juventus 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico. The defeat means that Juve’s lead atop Serie A could be reduced to two points on Sunday.

Restored to the Roma goal, Maarten Stekelenburg was making only his second Serie A appearance since October, but the Dutch No1 kept the hosts in the game. At full stretch down to his left, Stekelenburg palmed away a goalbound Andrea Pirlo free-kick and then denied Paul Pogba and Alessandro Matri either side of half-time.

Totti took full advantage, crashing in a rising drive from the edge of the ‘D’ after Miralem Pjanić’s set piece had only been partially cleared. It was the Roma captain’s 224th league goal, taking him to within one of second-placed Gunnar Nordahl in the all-time Serie A charts.

Both sides had chances in an end-to-end second period, but the capital club held on for the win, meaning Juventus’ lead can be cut to two points if Napoli beat Sampdoria on Sunday.

In Saturday’s early game, Chievo Verona drew 1-1 with Palermo thanks to Cyril Théréau, whose penalty cancelled out Mauro Formica’s maiden Serie A strike.