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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 40,000) 21st April 2013 - Kick off 14:00 Ref: Davide Massa

Roma Roma vs Pescara Pescara

Roma 1

M Destro (51)


Pescara 1

G Caprari (14)

Disappointing draw for Roma

Last Updated: 21/04/13 7:04pm

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Mattia Destro forced an equaliser for Roma

Mattia Destro forced an equaliser for Roma

Roma slipped out of the European places after being held to a disappointing 1-1 home draw by rock-bottom Pescara, who picked up only their second point in 14 matches.

Gianluca Caprari gave Pescara a shock 14th-minute lead at the Stadio Olimpico and although Roma got back on level terms at the start of the second half through Mattia Destro, the home side could not force a winner.

The result leaves Roma in sixth place, a point behind Inter Milan who climbed into the top five with their 1-0 win over Parma earlier on Saturday.

Roma came into the weekend with confidence high after beating Torino away in Serie A last Sunday and then completing a 5-3 aggregate win over Inter in midweek to reach the Coppa Italia final, where they will meet bitter rivals Lazio next month.

Roma coach Aurelio Andreazzoli warned his players not to get distracted by that derby clash ahead of the visit of Pescara, but that appeared to fall on deaf ears as Serie A's worst team enjoyed the better of the early exchanges.

Ferdinando Sforzini spurned a good chance in the opening two minutes when he fired high over the bar with only Maarten Stekelenburg to beat, but Pescara were celebrating the lead 12 minutes later thanks to Caprari.

Manuel Cascione's shot from outside the area was parried by Stekelenburg and Caprari was quickest to the loose ball to head into an empty net.

That seemed to spark Roma into action and Alessandro Florenzi missed two chances to get his side back on terms before the break, seeing Pescara keeper Ivan Pelizzoli save his first shot and then later on fluffing another opportunity from close range.

Francesco Totti also failed to make the most of his chance in first-half stoppage time as Pescara went into the interval still ahead.

Their lead lasted only six minutes of the second half though before Roma drew level through Destro, who slotted home after a free-kick into the box had led to a goalmouth scramble.

With almost the whole second period left, Roma must have fancied their chance of finding a winner.

However, Totti, Daniele De Rossi and Destro were all denied by fine saves from Pelizzoli while Destro saw another effort go inches wide as Roma were thwarted.

The home side might even have ended up suffering a shock defeat as well, with Stekelenburg doing well to prevent Sforzini capitalising on a mistake by Roma defender Leandro Castan before the Holland international produced a brilliant save to keep out Federico Di Francesco's superb late lob.

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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 31 73
2 Lazio 31 58
3 Roma 32 58
4 Napoli 31 53
5 Sampdoria 31 50
6 Fiorentina 31 49
7 Inter Milan 32 45
8 Genoa 31 44
9 Torino 31 44
10 AC Milan 32 43
11 Palermo 31 41
12 Udinese 32 38
13 Sassuolo 31 36
14 Chievo 31 36
15 Verona 31 36
16 Empoli 31 34
17 Atalanta 31 30
18 Cesena 31 23
19 Cagliari 31 21
20 Parma 31 13