IT'S OVER! Roma go top of Serie A after a 2-1 win over Atalanta. It was an anxious second half but the hosts had done enough in the first 45 minutes to earn the three points. Native Roman Claudio Ranieri could be on the brink of history after a sensational comeback in the title race. Next week they face Lazio in the Roma derby. Stay with us here on Goal.com for full reports and analysis of today's action in Italy.
Riise curls in a cross for Toni who is beaten to it to earn Roma a corner. They try to waste time down at the corner flag as Toni picks up some cramp. One minute to go now.
Free-kick to Atalanta in a promising position in the final third. The ball is skewed in but Burdisso throws himself at the ball to clear the danger. Three minutes of injury time to be played.
Atalanta pressing for a late equaliser but they can't break with any real intent into the final third. Roma hanging on now as the game reaches its conclusion.
Totti showing his experience to slow the game down in the final third as Roma finally enjoy a mini-spell of pressure. The skipper plays the ball crossfield to Riise who takes a nod out of Totti's book and sprays the ball around at a slow tempo.
The home support have already started the wolf whistles and we still have five minutes to go!
It's end to end stuff as Atalanta force a corner after some good work Simone Tiribocchi. The ball is whipped in well but Roma manage to clear the danger and go on the counter attack with Taddei trying to pick out Toni with a cross. Chaotic last few minutes.
Substitution Diego De Ascentis Sergio Volpi
Ten to go and Atalanta continue to press. Roma have lost their shape in the second half and are inviting the visitors onto them.
Wisely Claudio Ranieri withdraws Menez for Matteo Brighi for the final ten minutes.
Substitution Jérémy Menez Matteo Brighi
Menez needs to be careful. He's on a booking and tries to earn his side a penalty as he takes a tumble inside the box after zero contact outside the area. He picked up a booking for simulation earlier and is lucky to escape another caution for his latest offence.
Nerves are getting frayed in the Olimpico as Atalanta push forward. An anxious final quarter of an hour surely awaits...
Substitution Simone Perrotta Rodrigo Taddei
INCREDIBLE! Atalanta almost make it 2-2 as Simone Tiribocchi is denied by Julio Sergio in an identical position to where he scored his first. Atalanta continue to press with Tiribocchi attempting a spectacular overhead kick inside the box as Roma try to hold on.
News from Bologna is that Lazio have scored twice to lead 2-3 so if scores remain the same in both games the other Rome side will extend their advantage on Atalanta in the relegation scrap. In Milan it remains 1-2 to Catania. Drama, drama!
TONI! Once again he misses the target as he is teed up superbly by Totti with a crisp pass which the striker receives on the edge of the box but blasts his effort over the bar. Roma on top once again.
OOOHHH! Toni goes so close to extending Roma's advantage after an outstanding scoped pass from Totti picks him out inside the danger area where the on loan striker shows his strength only to fire his effort into the side-netting. Brilliant piece of skill from Totti once again.
Yellow Card Simone Padoin
OH MENEZ! He earns a booking for simulation after throwing himself to ground as if he had been shot after zero contact inside the box. Good decision by the man in yellow.
Yellow Card Jérémy Menez
MENEZ! He tries a curler inside the box but once again his finishing is dreadful and it skips harmlessly wide despite Toni trying to get a flick on it.
Yellow Card Maximiliano Pellegrino
TOTTI! Mexes launches a long ball upfield which is nodded down by Toni to find Totti who smashes a first-time volley wide of the goal.
An hour in here at the Stadio Olimpico and the complexion of the game has changed dramatically. Atalanta are right back in this contest with Roma looking edgy with just a one goal advantage now.
Anxious moments for Roma as Atalanta push forward looking for an equaliser. They force a corner which Julio Sergio manages to claw away. The visitors can sense a point just may be in the offing
The goal is certainly going to test Roma's nerve. Atalanta have offered little but with just one goal in it can sense an opportunity to close the gap at the bottom of the table on Lazio who are losing. Meanwhile, Milan have grabbed one back in the San Siro...
Substitution Nicola Amoruso Cristiano Doni
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL! Atalanta are right back in it as Riise makes an error gifting the ball to Simone Tiribocchi who with just Julio Sergio to beat he slots home with confidence to make it 2-1. Game on!
Goal Simone Tiribocchi
OOOHHH! Lovely play from Roma as Totti plays in an exquisite flick to pick out Jeremy Menez who bursts clear only to fire a wayward drive wide of the post. The Giallorossi are turning on the tricks now.
Free-kick to Roma for a fair distance of some 30m out. It's swung in by David Pizarro who dinks the ball into the box with quality but fails to pick out a Roma shirt who don't anticipate the delivery.
The second half is underway with Luca Toni on for the Romans for the next 45 minutes replacing first goalscorer Mirko Vucinic.
Substitution Mirko Vučinić Luca Toni
There's cause for double delight here in the Stadio Olimpico for the home support as title rivals Milan are down 0-2 at home against Catania after some suicidal defending in the first half. City rivals Lazio trail Bologna 2-1 at the break which will be some consolation for Atalanta as they are scrapping it out with the former champions at the foot of the table.
Half-time at the Stadio Olimpico and as things stand Claudio Ranieri's side will reside at the top of Serie A this evening. A goal apiece from Mirko Vucinic and Marco Cassetti did the damage with Atalanta offering precious little in the final third. Back in 15...
Roma concede a corner as Riise takes the safe option and puts the ball out after a swift Atalanta break. The set-piece is a poor one lacking conviction and the play is back with the hosts.
Superb control by Vucinic as he acrobatically juggles the ball down at the Atalanta end. Roma are looking confident with a 2-0 lead safely in the bag as we approach the break.
Atalanta coming more into the game as the first half draws to a close. They are enjoying more of the ball with the final killer ball remaining elusive with Roma content to hit them on the break for the time being.
Meanwhile Atalanta make a swap withdrawing Thomas Manfredini, who picked up a knock earlier, for Ivan Radovanovic.
Totti takes a tumble into the centre of the park after being clobbered by Daniele Capelli who immediately throws his hands up in sorrow. The Roma captain has been in sparkling form this afternoon providing the assist for Cassetti's goal.
Substitution Thomas Manfredini Ivan Radovanovic
Atalanta enjoying a mini spell of pressure down at the Roma end but it's nipped in the bud by the retreating Mirko Vucinic who slides into a tackle and put the ball out. Excellent play by the first goalscorer.
The home support certainly loved that. After beating Inter a fortnight ago Roma seem to have found the belief that they can win the league. Inter's draw last night in Florence has given them the opportunity to go top and after half an hour they look good to do it.
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL! Marco Cassetti, who had just taken a tumble in the box, makes it two with a fabulous bullet header from an inviting Totti cross which Cassetti launched himself at to nod home in the heart of the six-yard box. 2-0 and the points look safe.
Goal Marco Cassetti
Roma remaining on top with Riise getting forward frequently looking to link up with Vucinic on his forays into the opposition half. Aside from that early scare it has been all Roma into the Olimpico so far.
Yellow Card Marco Cassetti
Lovely interplay from Vucinic and Totti as Roma threaten in the final third. The captain tries to pick out the striker again with a bisecting pass but the ball is intercepted and Atalanta hang on...for now.
Free-kick to Atalanta from a long way out which is clipped into the box with quality overshooting the Roma backline but it fails to reach Thomas Manfredini who chases in vain.
Roma keeping the ball and drawing out the opposition as they try to extend their advantage. There is certainly more goals in this match but they way it's looking they will be coming from the home side.
The home fans are flying the flags with extra vigour now. If the scoreline remains the same they are going to vault Inter at the top of Serie A. What a remarkable turnaround that would be for Claudio Ranieri but there is a long way to go yet...
Yellow Card Thomas Manfredini
That's a howler that Andrea Consigli will be having nightmares about tonight. With his side in the relegation zone they can ill afford errors like his a moment ago.
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Mirko Vucinic gives Roma the lead in the most fortunate of circumstances. He squeezes a decent drive from outside the box, which Andrea Consigli fails to deal with, as he lets the ball slip from his hands and roll into the back of the net. Awful mistake from the shot-stopper.
Goal Mirko Vučinić
GOAL! NO! It's ruled out for offside as Totti prods it home from inside the box as he traps the ball perfectly and puts it past Andrea Consigli but the quality attempt is flagged off.
Roma starting to up the tempo now and force a corner after the drama at the other end. The ball reaches Mirko Vucinic who sets up Nicolas Burdisso who fires his drive inside the box just shy of the post.
OOHH! Mayhem in the Roma box as Daniele Capelli almost sneaks in to grab an opener from a well worked corner-kick. However he had just strayed offside offside meaning Julio Sergio's is academic.
TOTTI! He goes close with the best chance of the early stages as he flashes a long range drive just wide of the post. It's a perfect sun-kissed day in the eternal city with Claudio Ranieri looking in confident mood on the sideline.
The match is underway in Roma
Roma host Atalanta in a vital fixture with implications at both ends of the table. A win for Claudio Ranieri's outfit would leapfrog them over Inter at the summit of Serie A while struggling Atalanta are battling for their lives and are presently third from bottom. Follow all the action LIVE here on Goal.com...
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