Roma 3-1 Fiorentina: Totti Show Downs Viola
After doubling his and Roma’s lead just minutes later, ‘Er Pupone’ provider shortly before half time with a wonderful assist for Daniele De Rossi who headed home for the Lupi’s third.
The visitors made little impact in the second period and despite a late consolation goal by Alberto Gilardino, it proved to be a very bad day at the office for a Viola side who looked well below their best.
Roma recorded their first home win of the season, and looked to put their issues behind them as they climbed back to the business end of the standings.
The visitors came out firing as they looked to take the Giallorossi by surprise early on. Claudio Ranieri’s men were very well setup at the back and were desperate not to gift the Viola an easy way through.
Roma came storming back and on 10 minutes Simone Perrotta was set through on goal by Totti. Unfortunately for Roma the pass had too much zip, and the ball streamed away from the midfielder as he neared the box.
The Lupi continued to take a hold on the game, and Mirko Vucinic had a decent penalty shout turned away when his back-heeled assist for Totti was deflected by the arm of Dario Dainelli.
The Gigliati struggled to get into their groove, and Cesare Prandelli’s men seemed short of ideas as they suffered from the intense midfield pressing of a determined Roma side.
On 26 minutes Roma were rightly awarded a spot-kick Alessandro Gamberini handled the ball whilst Vucinic looked to turn him. ‘Er Capitano‘ stepped up to the spot shortly after and slotted the penalty low and hard into the bottom left corner.
Just 60 seconds later Totti thought he had doubled the lead when he smashed home from within the 6-yard box. Unfortunately for the Lupi faithful the goal was quickly ruled out, with ‘Er Pupone’ found to be in an offside position from the Pizarro’s earlier shot.
On 32 minutes Totti got his second when the Viola failed to clear their lines following a Roma corner. With the no.10 unmarked on the penalty spot, ‘Er Capitano’ punished the Viola as he fired his shot home through the traffic.
After Roma’s second the Olimpico sprang into life. The Giallorossi Ultras had remained outside the ground in protest against president Sensi, but ironically they quickly rushed down the steps of the Curva Sud to grab a piece of the action.
Fiorentina were looking extremely passive as they looked to find a way back into the match.
With four minutes to go before the break, the home side added a third when De Rossi headed home from just inside the box. After Totti had crossed beautifully with the outside of his right boot, the midfield dynamo was completely untracked as he coasted through to score a wonderful goal.
Fiorentina came out in the second half desperate to fight back, but they continued to gift Roma acres of space in the middle. Perrotta could have made them pay when he ran half the field unchallenged only to smash his shot into the body of Gamberini.
The Viola finally threatened the Roma goal when Riccardo Montolivo attempted a shot from range on 53 minutes. Fortunately for the home side Julio Sergio was well alert between the sticks, and he got down well to steer the ball clear.
Prandelli looked mix things up when he through on the in-form Stevan Jovetic with just over half an hour left to play.
Just seconds later Fiorentina almost found the net when Gilardino beat three defenders to a high cross and headed a great effort on goal. The Roma keeper proved once again decisive as he refused to give up his clean sheet with a difficult save.
The visitors finally started to find their feet with a quarter of the game left to play, and Jovetic seemed to be pulling the strings as he looked to drag the Viola forward in search of a goal.
On 75 minutes Totti once again showed his fine form by running at three Viola defenders only to be downed by Dainelli just outside the box.
With just over five minutes left on the clock the visitors broke their duck following a inattention at the back from Ranieri’s men. After Perrotta had failed to clear a loose ball, Gilardino showed why he is so dangerous inside the box as he snuck in to grab a late goal.
The Gigliati continued to push forward in the dying minutes and they finally started to look like the side that had performed so brightly in the opening three rounds of the campaign.
It proved too little too late however for Fiorentina, and Roma celebrated their first home win of the season in an impressive performance at the Stadio Olimpico.