SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 13 - 19 Nov 2012 (19.45 UK)
Roma 2 - 0 Torino
Osvaldo pen 71 (R), Pjanic 86 (R)
Stadio Olimpico

Roma nearly paid for a host of missed chances, but late goals from Pablo Osvlado and Miralem Pjanic gave them a 2-0 win over Torino.

The Giallorossi were looking to kickstart their stuttering campaign with a win at Stadio Olimpico against Giampiero Ventura's steady mid-table outfit.

Zdenek Zeman named a near full-strength side for the match, with only Daniele De Rossi and Nicolas Burdisso missing from the side that lost to Lazio last Sunday – Pjanic and Leandro Castan coming in to replace them.

Il Toro meanwhile welcomed back inspirational defender Angelo Ogbonna, as the 24-year-old started in place of Guillermo Rodriguez.

It was clear from the outset that the home team were gunning for the three points, and within three minutes they had almost opened the scoring – Osvlado's drive from the edge of the area though, went just wide.

Michael Bradley and Pjanic were pulling the strings in midfield, but the away side's 4-2-4 formation was causing some issues on the counter-attack as Mario Santana put in a couple of teasing crosses to test the Giallorossi defence.

The capital club though, continued to dominate possession and created a number of chances that saw Jean-Francois Gillet forced into smart saves.

Francesco Totti and Erik Lamela peppered shots at goal, but the visitors’ backline remained resolute. It was youngster Alessandro Florenzi however who had the best chance of the half. A one-two with Lamela saw the 21-year-old through on goal, but he could only fire over the bar from inside the area.

After the interval, the game was still as open as the first half. Both sides remained determined to stick to their attacking principles, but the finishing continued to be sub-standard.

Totti and Balzaretti had long-range efforts for the hosts, whilst Rolando Bianchi had a header saved by Mauro Goicoechea, yet still the deadlock couldn’t be broken.

A goal eventually did come however on 71 minutes. Substitute Marquinho burst through, only for Ogbonna and Danilo D’Ambrosio to bring him down inside the area. Osvaldo took the resulting spot-kick and cheekily waited for Gillet to go down before slotting it into the right-hand corner.

Roma did push for a second goal, as Mattia Destro and Lamela lashed strikes wide, and they did finally double their lead with just five minutes remaining. A Pjanic effort from the edge of the box was deflected past Gillet and into the back of the net, as Roma completed a hard-fought win.


Roma: Goicoechea; Piris, Marquinhos, Castan, Balzaretti; Bradley, Pjanic, Florenzi (Marquinho 65); Lamela, Totti (Destro 64), Osvaldo
Torino: Gillet; D'Ambrosio, Glik, Ogbonna, Darmian; Basha, Gazzi; Cerci (Diop 85), Bianchi, Sgrigna (Sansone 68), Santana (Verdi 77)
Ref: Guida