ROMA EXTEND WIN STREAK TO SIX
Following consecutive wins over Chievo Verona and Torino, AS Roma have extended their winning streak to 6 matches and have not been beaten in 17 games in Serie A. The Giallorossi lead the league with just 4 fixtures left to play, and a once title dream is looking like a surefire reality.
Following their famous derby win over Lazio, Roma hosted Chievo Verona. Chievo were mired deep in the relegation dogfight and needed points to start to escape, but the capital city side also needed to rack up wins to keep their title bid strong. It was bound to be an intense match up.
Seven minutes in, Francesco Totti earned a penalty and stepped up to take it himself. Puggioni denied the legendary captain with a spectacular save, and some fans inside the Olimpico began to feel a glimmer of fear. It all disappeared, however, when Destro took the game on his shoulders just as he had done against Lazio.
The Italian striker was absolutely unstoppable and kept making guileful runs in behind the Clivensi defense, finding space to turn and shoot. Destro scored twice in the latter stages of the first half before scoring again early in the second to complete a memorable ‘perfect hattrick’ by scoring with both feet and his head.
Next up was a visit to the other Stadio Olimpico, this one located in Turin, the home of Torino. With AC Milan looming in a week, Totti’s men needed a victory in this match to set the standard for the coming potential title decider. The first half passed bleakly, and Totti made an interesting change at half time, bringing off both strikers and introducing Gervinho and Caprari, leaving Pjanic is a “false nine”.
This was the perfect move. Gervinho drew a penalty early in the second period for Daniele De Rossi to dispatch before putting in a cross for Michael Bradley to hammer home with a thundering header. Omar El Kaddouri scored a goal late to give Torino some hope, but in the end Roma saw out the match for a sixth straight victory.
“We are on a great run of form,” said Totti after the game. “We are winning games and playing excellent football, and with five matches to go, nobody can stop us from winning this Scudetto. The title is almost within reach.”
AS Roma next host third placed AC Milan in a pivotal fixture; a win for the Giallorossi would almost certainly guarantee them their first Scudetto in 13 years. In anticipation of that match, the Serie A table looks as follows: