Italian Serie A
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Fiorentina 1-1 Roma

Francesco Totti
Francesco Totti and his Roma team-mates were left frustrated in Florence

Roma lost further ground in the Serie A title race as a draw at Fiorentina left them seven points behind leaders Juventus.

Rudi Garcia's side were second best in the first half in Florence and fell behind to Mario Gomez's neat finish.

The visitors improved after the break and drew level through Adem Ljajic's close-range strike.

But their inability to find a winner only enhanced Juve's title prospects as The Old Lady beat Chievo 2-0 on Sunday.

The Scudetto rivals meet in five games' time, but Roma will need to drastically improve their form if they are to keep the pressure on the reigning champions.

The Giallorossi have now drawn four of their last five Serie A matches, in contrast to Juventus, who are on an 11-game unbeaten streak in the league, which has seen them win their last three matches.

Roma's predicament worsened as they lost influential midfielder Kevin Strootman to a suspected knee injury in the first half, not long after Gomez had doubled his goal tally for the season by steering David Pizarro's low drive into the net to give the home side the lead.

To their credit, Roma showed fight to regain parity in the match courtesy of Ljajic, who scored from Juan Iturbe's pass, but they ran out of ideas later in the game and had to settle for a point.

After the game, Roma coach Garcia said he believes Strootman's injury is "not too serious".

"We hope he will be okay because he's an important player for us. We'll see tomorrow," said the Frenchman.

Dutch international Strootman, 24, only returned to the Roma team prior to Christmas having missed the end of last season and the 2014 World Cup with a knee injury suffered in March last year.

Line-ups

Fiorentina

  • 12Tatarusanu
  • 40Tomovic
  • 2Rodríguez
  • 19Basanta
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 14FernándezSubstituted forKurticat 63'minutes
  • 7PizarroBooked at 57mins
  • 20Valero Iglesias
  • 23PasqualSubstituted forAlonsoat 70'minutes
  • 11Ju CuadradoBooked at 90mins
  • 33GomezSubstituted forBabacarat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Richards
  • 6Vargas
  • 16Kurtic
  • 18Diamanti
  • 24Lezzerini
  • 28Alonso
  • 30Babacar
  • 31Rosati
  • 55Hegazy
  • 72Ilicic

Roma

  • 26De Sanctis
  • 24Florenzi
  • 44Manolas
  • 2Yanga-MbiwaBooked at 25mins
  • 25HolebasBooked at 23mins
  • 4Nainggolan
  • 16De Rossi
  • 6StrootmanSubstituted forPjanicat 34'minutes
  • 7Iturbe
  • 10TottiSubstituted forDestroat 79'minutes
  • 8LjajicSubstituted forSisenandoat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cole
  • 9Borriello
  • 13Sisenando
  • 15Pjanic
  • 22Destro
  • 23Astori
  • 28Skorupski
  • 32Paredes
  • 48Ucan
  • 50Somma
  • 53Verde
  • 91Calabresi
Referee:
Luca Banti
Attendance:
28,899

Match Stats

Home TeamFiorentinaAway TeamRoma
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Fiorentina 1, Roma 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fiorentina 1, Roma 1.

Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

Booking

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kostas Manolas (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

Attempt missed. Alessandro Florenzi (Roma) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Morgan De Sanctis.

Attempt saved. Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jasmin Kurtic.

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Maicon replaces Adem Ljajic.

Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Roma).

David Pizarro (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Miralem Pjanic (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina).

Offside, Fiorentina. David Pizarro tries a through ball, but Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is caught offside.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina).

Substitution

Substitution, Roma. Mattia Destro replaces Francesco Totti.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Khouma Babacar replaces Mario Gomez.

Attempt missed. Jasmin Kurtic (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joaquín.

Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

David Pizarro (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francesco Totti (Roma).

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Juan Iturbe (Roma) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan.

Attempt missed. Adem Ljajic (Roma) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Juan Iturbe.

Juan Iturbe (Roma) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by José Basanta (Fiorentina).

Offside, Fiorentina. Juan Guillermo Cuadrado tries a through ball, but Mario Gomez is caught offside.

Foul by Alessandro Florenzi (Roma).

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Marcos Alonso replaces Manuel Pasqual.

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Roma) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Borja Valero (Fiorentina) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jasmin Kurtic.

Attempt blocked. Jasmin Kurtic (Fiorentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joaquín.

Radja Nainggolan (Roma) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Gomez (Fiorentina).

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Jasmin Kurtic replaces Matías Fernández.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 25th January 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus2015414493549
2Roma20126233151842
3Lazio20104636231334
4Sampdoria2081022618834
5Napoli1996434241033
6Fiorentina208752819931
7Genoa197752723428
8Palermo206953232027
9Inter Milan206862926326
10AC Milan206862825326
11Sassuolo2051052428-425
12Torino206771721-425
13Udinese196672326-324
14Hellas Verona206682232-1024
15Atalanta204881525-1020
16Empoli1931061723-619
17Cagliari204792738-1119
18Chievo2046101424-1018
19Cesena2026121940-2112
20Parma2031161943-249
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