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December 8, 2013 5:00 PM IST
Stadio Olimpico — Roma
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 48318‎
 
7′ Maicon
Juan Vargas 29′
 
Top of the Match
Gervinho
Gervinho
AS Roma
Gervinho
Gervinho
AS Roma
Flop of the Match
Adem Ljajic
Adem Ljajic
AS Roma
Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic
AS Roma

Roma 2-1 Fiorentina: Super-sub Destro fires hosts to victory

The Giallorossi were made to work for the win but prevailed thanks to the intervention of the striker from the bench

Mattia Destro Roma Fiorentina Serie A 12082013
AFP
Mattia Destro returned from injury to fire Roma back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over fifth-placed Fiorentina on Sunday.

Maicon put the hosts into the lead in the seventh minute after Gervinho - who was brilliant at the Stadio Olimpico - and Alessandro Florenzi had worked the ball into the six-yard box.

A Juan Vargas strike made it 1-1 before half-time, before the Giallorossi saw Miralem Pjanic sent off for two yellow cards late on, with the game seemingly heading for a draw.

But drama was to follow, with Destro introduced to the action and making the most telling of contributions with a late strike.

The home side saw Miralem Pjanic sent off late on for two bookable offences, but Roma hung on to move within three points of leaders Juventus at the top of Serie A.

It was the visitors who engineered the first opening of the game, when Vargas forced a good save from Morgan de Sanctis with a fierce drive from the edge of the area on three minutes.

Roma duly responded with an effort of their own, as Kevin Strootman let fly with a 35-yard shot that was comfortably saved by Neto.

The Giallorossi looked to exploit space down both flanks and a cross from Gervinho found Maicon on seven minutes, who opened the scoring with a simple tap-in.

Alessandro Florenzi then saw an effort turned behind by Neto, before Daniele De Rossi's header from the resulting corner was brilliantly saved by the Brazilian goalkeeper.

But with Roma turning the screw, Fiorentina hauled themselves back into the game before half-time. Nenad Tomovic cut inside the area and pulled the ball back for Vargas, and the winger dispatched a fine effort into the top corner.

However, the goal only appeared to spur the home side on and the visitors again had Neto to thank for saving efforts from Gervinho and Adem Ljajic in the second half.

Destro was then brought on as Roma searched for a winner and the striker delivered with a tap-in from another Gervinho cross, to make it 2-1.

The Giallorossi were reduced to 10 men late on following Pjanic's sending off after picking up two yellow cards, but Rudi Garcia's men did enough to see the game out and return to winning ways.





AS Roma

26
Morgan De Sanctis
Goalkeeper
60′
3.50
3
Dodô
Defender
2.00
5
Leandro Castán
Defender
69′
3.50
13
Maicon
Defender
7′
3.50
17
Mehdi Benatia
Defender
4.00
6
Kevin Strootman
Midfielder
3.50
15
Miralem Pjanic
Midfielder
23′ 88′
3.00
16
Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder
3.50
24
2.50
8
Adem Ljajic
Striker
72′
2.00
27
Gervinho
Striker
67′
4.50

Fiorentina

4.00
1
Neto
Goalkeeper
63′
3.00
2
3.50
15
3.00
23
3.00
40
2.50
10
3.50
11
Juan Cuadrado
Midfielder
93′
3.50
20
Borja Valero
Midfielder
2.50
21
3.50
66
Juan Vargas
Midfielder
29′ 86′
2.50
49

Substitutes

28
 - 
-
 - 
33
Tin Jedvaj
Defender
 - 
35
 - 
46
 - 
4
 - 
-
Marquinho
Midfielder
 - 
11
Rodrigo Taddei
Midfielder
72′
3.00
94
Federico Ricci
Midfielder
 - 
10
 - 
22
3.50
22
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Gustavo Munúa
Goalkeeper
 - 
28
 - 
4
 - 
5
3.00
7
David Pizarro
Midfielder
72′
 - 
14
2.50
17
Joaquín
Midfielder
79′
 - 
27
Rafal Wolski
Midfielder
 - 
72
Josip Iličič
Midfielder
 - 
-
Ruben Olivera
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
30

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Ciro Immobile Ciro Immobile
Striker
Torino
20 0
Luca Toni Luca Toni
Striker
Hellas Verona
18 2
Carlos Tévez Carlos Tévez
Striker
Juventus
18 1
Gonzalo Higuaín Gonzalo Higuaín
Striker
Napoli
17 5
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0