Torino claim rare Roma success

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A review of the weekend’s action in Italy’s Serie A as Torino claimed an overdue home win over Roma.

Iago Falque’s brace handed Joe Hart’s Torino a home victory over Roma for the first time since 1990 as Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side prevailed 3-1 in Serie A.

Falque, who joined Torino on a season-long loan deal from Roma in the summer, made his parent club pay for farming him out.

Fit-again Torino hitman Andrea Belotti headed home in the eighth minute in his first league start since August and Falque nervelessly dispatched a 53rd-minute penalty against his former club after Bruno Perez’s foul on Belotti.

Roma struck back immediately when Totti converted from the spot after Diego Perotti went down under Lorenzo De Silvestri’s challenge, but Falque struck his second in the 65th minute when his shot looped off Federico Fazio’s leg and into the net, ensuring Torino eased home.

Inter Milan had to be content with a point against Bologna after a fine volley from Ivan Perisic saw them recover to draw 1-1 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

Frank de Boer’s side were chasing a fourth successive top-flight victory, but found themselves behind after 14 minutes when Mattia Destro scored against his former club.

Perisic produced a superb 37th-minute finish to level things up before half-time, but Inter were unable to conjure a winner and now trail leaders Juventus by four points.

Lazio moved up to fifth place after goals from Balde Diao Keita and Senad Lulic secured them a 2-0 home win against Empoli.

Striker Keita fired home in the first half and Bosnian midfielder Lulic made sure of the points by heading home in the final minute after Empoli had hit the crossbar through Manuel Pucciarelli.

Josip Ilicic missed a first-half penalty as Fiorentina were held to a goalless home draw by AC Milan, who were indebted to goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Slovenia international Ilicic hit the post with his spot-kick midway through the first period after David Calabria’s foul on Borja Valero, while an inspired display by Donnarumma kept the home side at bay.

Vincenzo Montella’s Milan, winners of their previous two matches, remain sixth in the table, but can count themselves lucky against Fiorentina, who have now kept four clean sheets in six games this season.

Nine-man Genoa held out to draw 1-1 against Pescara, who netted a late equaliser at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Genoa went ahead early in the second half when Giovanni Simeone, son of Atletico Madrid coach Diego, marked his first Serie A start with the opening goal.

Rossoblu defender Edenilson was sent off in the 74th minute for his second yellow card and five minutes later half-time substitute Goran Pandev was dismissed for dissent.

Pescara made their advantage count when Rey Manaj scored from close range in the 85th minute.

Gregoire Defrel scored the only goal of the game to clinch Sassuolo a 1-0 home win against Udinese and lift them into the top 10.

French forward Defrel, who struck from close range nine minutes before half-time, has now scored in each of Sassuolo’s last four matches, while Udinese, who hit the crossbar in the final minute through defender Felipe’s header, slipped to their third league defeat of the season.

Juventus needed an unfortunate Edoardo Goldaniga own goal to squeeze past Palermo 1-0 and preserve their Serie A lead.

The reigning champions replaced Napoli as the early season leaders with a 4-0 midweek thrashing of Cagliari but found Palermo goalkeeper Josip Posavec a largely immovable object at La Favorita.

Centre-back Goldaniga tried to do the under-siege stopper a favour in the 49th minute, yet Dani Alves’ attempt ending up in the back of the net as a result of his intervention.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men reached the 15-point mark after six games while Palermo are down in 16th.

Marek Hamsik later scored his 100th goal for Napoli as the title challengers beat Chievo 2-0.

After Manolo Gabbiadini got the ball rolling at the San Paolo, Slovakian schemer Hamsik hit a major career landmark to rubber-stamp the three points, which keep Napoli just behind Juve.

 

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