Italian Serie A
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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fiorentina 1, Roma 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fiorentina 1, Roma 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nenad Tomovic (Fiorentina).

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Fiorentina).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Morgan De Sanctis.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Maicon replaces Adem Ljajic.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniele De Rossi (Roma).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gonzalo Rodríguez (Fiorentina).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Miralem Pjanic (Roma).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Khouma Babacar (Fiorentina).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Roma. Mattia Destro replaces Francesco Totti.

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