Daniele De Rossi marked his 500th appearance for Roma with a goal in his team’s 3-1 win over Empoli on Saturday as Rudi Garcia’s side moved into second place in Italy’s Serie A. The 32-year-old De Rossi found the target in the 59th minute after Miralem Pjanic had hit the opener with a superb direct free-kick three minutes earlier.
The Bosnia and Herzegovinian also played a key role in De Rossi’s goal when his corner was headed home by the midfield veteran. Roma, playing without the injured Francesco Totti and Edin Dzeko, were 3-0 to the good in the 69th minute when Mohamed Salah found the net after being set up by Gervinho. Empoli pulled a goal back through Austrian international Marcel Buechel in the 70th minute but the three points for Roma will be a huge boost ahead of their UEFA Champions League clash at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, AC Milan put the brakes on Torino’s promising start to the campaign by holding on for a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico in Turin. Torino hosted AC Milan and were expected to claim their first win over the Rossoneri since 2001.
But with Milan desperate for their first win in three games, the Granata were made to work on the night for their second draw of the campaign. It took until just after the hour for Milan to break the deadlock, Carlos Bacca firing Andrea Bertolacci’s low delivery into the roof of the net after he had been left on his own in front of goal. Milan’s joy lasted only ten minutes, however, Torino’s Italy U-21 star Daniele Baselli maintaining his purple patch to beat Diego Lopez at the goalkeeper’s inside post.