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A late goal from Michael Bradley secured a ninth win in a row for the Giallorossi, with coach Rudi Garcia describing the win as 'very important for the future'

Roma further enhanced their title credentials by beating Udinese 1-0 at Estadio Friuli thanks to a late goal from Michael Bradley.

The Giallorossi's 100 per cent record in Serie A this season was under threat when Maicon was sent off for a second yellow card with the scores deadlocked at 0-0, though the American struck eight minutes from time after good work from Kevin Strootman to seal an invaluable three points.

And Rudi Garcia was delighted at his side's resilience in a tense afternoon in Udine after a result that made it nine wins from nine matches for the league leaders.

"It's true that winning in this very difficult arena is impressive, as Udinese were unbeaten here in over a year," he told Sky Sports Italia after the match.

"Especially when down to 10 men, this victory is very important for us and will be for our future too. We had to remain dangerous and work even harder, playing to win even when a man down, and that is a good sign.

"The goal was wonderful, especially with that move when down to 10 men. More than in other games, today we needed fresh legs off the bench like Bradley and Marquinho."

The victory restores Roma's five point lead over Napoli and Juventus at the top of the table following wins for the Partenopei and Scudetto holders on Sunday.