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Serie A Review: Totti Saves Roma Again

totti-romaHeavy rain marred much of the Serie A fixture list, forcing the lengthy delay of Roma and Sampdoria, while Genoa and Fiorentina was suspended just 27 minutes into the match.

With Roma down 2-1 at halftime, the game was paused for over an hour as rain poured down in the Italian capital. The game would resume with a pair of changes for the hosts, and Edin Dzeko – on after the long break – equalized for the hosts on the hour mark. Francesco Totti eventually won it for Roma by a 3-2 score with an injury time penalty.

Torino lost 2-1 to Atalanta at home, with the biggest story the continued misery for Joe Hart. On loan from Manchester City, Hart became the first English goalkeeper to start in Serie A, although there was a bad omen as Torino identified him as “John Hart” on the teamsheet. With Torino holding an early lead, the 29-year-old misjudged a corner, opening the door for the Atalanta equalizer.

That goal resulted in this absolutely ruthless tweet which pointed out that Hart was officially credited with an error leading to a goal. With the game level, a foul by Lorenzo De Silvestri in the box gave Atalanta the chance to take a late lead, and with just eight minutes until full time, Franck Kessié sent Hart the wrong way from the spot for the winner.

AC Milan suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Udinese, with the visitors earning a late 88th minute winner through Stipe Perica to move to six points in three Serie A matches thus far. Milan, meanwhile, has a pair of defeats over its last two matches, not the start the club would have hoped for as they desperately grasp for a return to the upper echelon of Italian clubs.

Lazio managed a point away from home at Chievo Verona, with Dutch international Stefan de Vrij equalizing with a sloppy goal in the 54th minute, canceling out Alessandro Gamberini’s opener just three minutes earlier.

Finally, Bologna took down 10-man Cagliari 2-1 through goals from Simone Verdi and Federico Di Francesco bracketing halftime. With Bologna already up a goal, Cagliari goalkeeper Marco Storari was sent off in the 54th minute for a last-man foul above the box with Ladislav Krejci clean through on goal.

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