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Serie A Afternoon Wrap

Sassuolo 0-2 Roma

Mattia Destro and Michel Bastos both got off the mark for Roma as they claimed a 2-0 win against Sassuolo, in a match which saw the referee change his mind on a penalty decision. 

Roma broke the deadlock thanks to some dismal defending. Radja Nainggolan caught Simone Missiroli in possession and threaded through the middle for Destro, who then chipped it over the on-rushing Gianluca Pegolo. 

Chaos broke out soon after when Nicola Sansone rushed into the box and tried to turn Mehdi Benatia who appeared to have connected to him with the slightest of touches. The referee waved play on but the assistant deemed it otherwise, causing a lengthy discussion. 

But after the ball was placed on the spot inside the box, Nicola Rizzoli waved away the appeals again and handed Roma a drop kick instead. 

But it didn’t matter as the Giallorossi eventually wrapped up a solid win in the 95th minute when Bastos latched onto some stolen possession to score his debut strike.

Lazio 3-2 Parma

Parma suffered a second successive defeat when they were outdone 3-2 by Lazio in a match which was plagued by goalscoring howlers. 

Senad Lulic broke the deadlock for the Biancelesti. Abdoulay Konko burst down the right and crossed for the Bosnian who side-footed an effort into the back of the net for 1-0. 

But parity was just nine minutes later when Federico Marchetti beat away Antonio Cassano's shot. It fell as far as Jonathan Biabiany and he managed to bundle it over from close range. 

The second half welcomed three goals across the field with Miroslav Klose restoring Lazio’s with a right-footed strike following a Lulic through ball.

A classic Marchetti howler occurred ten minutes from the break when helet Michael Ciani’s deflection through his legs, to make things 2-2. 

Lazio, however, did snatch it at the death with Antonio Candreva scoring last-gasp winner, after he was left totally unmarked on a Keita pullback.

Sampdoria 0-0 Fiorentina

In a game which saw plenty of chances created, neither Sampdoria nor Fiorentina could crack the deadlock as they played out to a 0-0 draw. 

The visitors came close when Mati Fernandez’s curler scraped a coat of paint off the far top corner, while Mobido Diakite blocked a Manolo Gabbiadini shot after a Sampdoria counter attack. 

The result sees Sampdoria stranded in 12th place while Fiorentina keep a hold of fourth place following Inter’s recent dry run of results. 

Torino 2-1 Cagliari

Torino got back to winning ways with their 2-1 triumph over Cagliari to sentence the Sardinians to further relegation struggles. 

It took the Granata until the 45-minute mark to open the scoring when Alessio Cerci started a run. He them chipped in a ball to Omar El Kaddouri, who connected it with a diving header.

It was nearly 2-0 for the home side when Riccardo Meggiorini directed his looping header on to the bar, but it wouldn’t have stood as the offside flag was raised anyway.

Cerci did eventually get a goal of his own when a well-worked counter-attack saw him he beat Avramov in a one-on-one situation. 

Nene’s goal 13 minutes form time was merely a consolation goal as header beat Daniele Padelli, despite the shot-stopper getting a hand to it. 

Verona 3-0 Genoa

Marco Donadel broke his four-year drought and Luca Toni scored a brace as a ten-man Hellas Verona side defeated Genoa 3-0. 

The former Fiorentina man ended his goal drought with a long-range right-foot strike that beat Mattia Perin after going in off the upright. 

Astonishingly, Verona were reduced to ten when after Albertazzi received his second booking of the afternoon but that didn’t seem to stop the Butei’s onslaught. 

Genoa were caught on the counter and it allowed for Marquinho to roll across for Luca Toni who scored his two goals in the space of six minutes. 

Toni’s second came in the fourth minute of stoppage time when he was once again left unmarked in the box to deposit in from close range.

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