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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 17,129) 14th April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: A Romeo

Torino Torino vs Roma Roma

Torino 1

R Bianchi (31)

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Roma 2

D Osvaldo (22)
E Lamela (60)
F Balzaretti (S/O 80)

Roma hold on for victory

Last Updated: 14/04/13 5:09pm

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Pablo Daniel Osvaldo celebrates his goal for Roma

Pablo Daniel Osvaldo celebrates his goal for Roma

Roma held on for the final 10 minutes with a man less to claim a potentially valuable 2-1 win from their trip to Torino.

The visitors twice led in the match - goals from Pablo Osvaldo and Erik Lamela sandwiching an equaliser from Rolando Bianchi - but were left sweating at the end after their Italy international defender Federico Balzaretti picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Alessio Cerci.

Torino could not make the most of their numerical advantage though as Roma claimed a victory that moves them level on 51 points with fifth-placed Lazio, who play host to runaway leaders Juventus tomorrow night.

Roma's European bid has stuttered of late with just one win from their previous four matches coming into today's game, but they enjoyed the better of the early exchanges at the Stadio Olimpico and took the lead in the 22nd minute.

Balzaretti picked up a short corner from Miralem Pjanic before whipping in a deep cross which striker Osvaldo headed past Jean Francois Gillet for his first goal in eight matches.

Torino had barely threatened before that but they almost drew level with their first decent effort of the match, Cerci's 27th-minute free-kick striking the near post with Maarten Stekelenburg well beaten.

Roma survived that let-off but they were not so fortunate four minutes later as their hosts did draw level, Cerci crossing to Bianchi who beat Nicolas Burdisso before drilling home from point-blank range.

The momentum was now firmly with relegation-battling Torino and Mario Santana saw two efforts go just wide either side of half-time before Cerci struck the woodwork again with another superb free-kick in the 58th minute.

That escape seemed to spark Roma back to life as within two minutes they were back in front thanks to a brilliant goal from Lamela, who found the top right-hand corner of the net with a superb curling effort.

It was a goal that would ended up winning Roma the match, but the visitors did not make it easy for themselves with Balzaretti receiving his marching orders in the 80th minute for his challenge on Cerci.

Torino had one late hope of an equaliser when Roma substitute Alessandro Florenzi almost put through his own goal from close range, but the ball went wide and Aurelio Andreazzoli's men could breath a big sigh of relief.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 34 79
2 Roma 34 64
3 Lazio 34 63
4 Napoli 34 59
5 Fiorentina 34 52
6 Sampdoria 34 51
7 Genoa 34 50
8 Inter Milan 34 49
9 Torino 34 48
10 Palermo 34 43
11 AC Milan 34 43
12 Udinese 34 41
13 Empoli 34 41
14 Chievo 34 41
15 Verona 34 40
16 Sassuolo 34 37
17 Atalanta 34 33
18 Cagliari 34 27
19 Cesena 34 24
20 Parma 34 16