Roma catch leaders Juve


Roma saw off Cesena with Mattia Destro and Daniele De Rossi to become joint leaders with Juventus. The Giallorossi had been stuttering of late with a 7-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich and 0-0 draw at Sampdoria. Rudi Garcia rested Francesco Totti and Morgan De Sanctis in favour of Mattia Destro and Lukasz Skorupski, but was without Douglas Maicon, Leandro Castan, Kevin Strootman, Marco Borriello and Federico Balzaretti. Cesena had Nicola Leali and Emmanuel Cascione suspended after a 1-0 defeat to Inter, so Federico Agliardi went in goal. Franco Brienza, Riccardo Cazzola, Alejandro Rodriguez, Andrea Tabanelli and Nico Pulzetti were unavailable. Straight away Roma had a great chance, but Vasilis Torosidis saw his shot and the two follow-ups charged down in the box. Destro opened the scoring when Gervinho ran on to a Torosidis through ball and rolled across for the simple tap-in. Destro had the ball in the back of the net again, but had strolled just offside from Miralem Pjanic’s free kick. Moments later Federico Agliardi stuck out a leg to deflect Destro’s angled drive round the far post. Juan Manuel Iturbe had penalty appeals rejected for a shirt-tug by Daniele Capelli in the box. Bad news for Roma after the restart, as Davide Astori suddenly pulled up clutching the back of his thigh with a suspected strain. Cesena had their first real chance of the game on 69 minutes with a Hugo Almeida header whistling just past the far post. Agliardi was decsive on Alessandro Florenzi, who had skipped past Stefano Lucchini, but Roma had penalty appeals for a Magnusson handling offence. Florenzi would’ve curled in directly from the corner flag, but Agliardi flapped it over the bar. From the subsequent corner, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa knocked it down for Daniele De Rossi to volley in from close range. DDR had already been told he was going to be substituted, but asked to stay on for the corner. This proved to be an even more important victory, as Juventus were beaten 1-0 by Genoa.