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Serie A wrap: Roma´s Euro hopes dive

6 May 2012 00:42

Roma's chances of playing in Europe next season took a hit after they drew with Catania on Saturday as Fiorentina also beat Lecce.

At the Stadio Olimpico, however, Francesco Totti's 77th-minute goal helped Roma come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Catania, although the result sees the Giallorossi needing a miracle to earn a place in next season's Europa League.

In the second-last game of a disappointing campaign, Roma needed to win to climb into sixth on the table, and be just one point adrift of fifth-placed Lazio, who occupy Italy's final qualifying place for the Europa competition.

But the draw sees the capital club remain seventh with 53 points, three points adrift of fifth and two points shy of sixth-placed Inter Milan.

Roma now need both those sides to lose their last two matches to have any hope of making Europe.

It was hardly the result club skipper Totti deserved in his 500th league appearance for Roma, although the draw could be partially attributed to him after he saw his ninth-minute penalty saved to the left by Catania goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carizzo.

Totti also embarrassingly blazed the rebound from that spot-kick way over the bar as he blew the chance to give his side an early advantage, although he went some way to making up for it by opening the scoring for Roma in the 52nd minute with a left-footed strike.

Catania hit back six minutes later, however, as Gabriel Heinze brought down Pablo Barrientos in the area, allowing Franceso Lodi to equalise from the spot before Lodi produced a fine cross for Giovanni Marchese to fire home in the 67th minute.

But Totti gave his side some hope of playing in Europe as he slotted Miralem Pjanic's cross with 13 minutes remaining, with the draw seeing Catania stay in 10th on the table.

Fiorentina, meanwhile, have climbed to 12th as they ended a terrible week on a high with a 1-0 victory at Lecce.

Fiorentina headed into this match under a cloud after a 2-2 draw with Novara in mid-week, a result that saw the club sack coach Delio Rossi after he attacked midfielder Adem Ljajic in the dug-out.

But with team manager Vincenzo Guerini in charge for his first match in 14 years, Fiorentina proved too good for Lecce as Alessio Cerci's 35th-minute goal sealed the result and ensured the Tuscans are in no danger of being relegated.

The same cannot be said for 18th-placed Lecce, however, now three points adrift of 17th-placed Genoa, who will relegate Lecce with one round remaining if they earn a draw in Sunday's clash with Udinese.

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Roma

D W W W W

2 - 2

Competition
Serie A
Date
5 May 2012
Game week
37
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance
37000

Goals

F. Totti 52'
(assist by F. Gago) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
58' F. Lodi (PG)
 (assist by P. Barrientos)
1 - 2
67' G. Marchese
 (assist by F. Lodi)
F. Totti 77'
(assist by M. Pjanić) 
2 - 2

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5 57'
44
16 45'
11 78'
19
15 68'
7
10 9' 52' 77'
9
31
Coach: Luis Enrique
# Player Bookings
20
12 67'
6
14
11
4
13
28 45+1'
17
10 58' 79'
18
Coach: V. Montella

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
14
8
30
18
20
23
26

Thursday 2 October

Wednesday 1 October

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Tuesday 30 September

23:57
23:56
23:51
23:49
23:45
23:43
23:34
23:15
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22:59
22:51
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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 5 +10 15
2 5 +8 15
3 5 +4 12
4 5 +4 11
5 5 +6 8
6 5 +2 8
7 5 +0 8
8 5 +0 7
9 5 +3 6
10 5 -1 6
11 5 -1 5
12 5 -2 5
13 5 -5 5
14 5 -1 4
15 5 -2 4
16 5 -5 4
17 5 -3 3
18 5 -4 3
19 5 -5 3
20 5 -8 3

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