Francesco Totti became the second highest goalscorer in Serie A history with a splendid free-kick in a 2-0 victory over Parma at the Stadio Olympico.
Roma took the lead when Erik Lamela bundled the ball in at the back post in the seventh minute and never looked like throwing away their lead.
In the second half, Totti doubled their lead with a typical free-kick, marking his 226th goal in Serie A history which is one ahead of Gunnar Nordahl, a former Roma and AC Milan legend.
Roma started very brightly, and should have been in front under a minute into the game. Lamela’s corner pulled the ball back to the edge of the box, and Simone Perrotta blasted wide when he should have nestled the ball in the back of the net.
Lamela showed him how it is done when he fired Roma into a seventh minute lead. Marquinhos did well to lift a ball to the back post and Daniele De Rossi volleyed across the box, where the Argentine was incoming to tap into the empty net.
Parma didn’t help themselves though as Jaime Valdes gave the ball away to Totti and the Roma captain needed no invitation to fire a shot away at goal that Antonio Mirante pushed away with a diving save. Totti was impressive and pulled all the strings for Roma, and his backheel allowed Marquinhos to pull the ball back for Perotta, but the hard-working midfielder hit the bar from eight yards when he should have made it 2-0.
After half-time, it was the former Italy captain who cracked the crossbar again. His free-kick from 35 yards was stunning, leaving Mirante helpless but the ball rebounded back off of the frame of the goal and he was denied for now.
It wasn’t just Roma being denied by the woodwork, as Parma wasted a great chance to equalise. It was Gabriel Paletta who rose highest but the former Liverpool defender saw his effort crack back off the crossbar before Yohan Benalouan fired the rebound well over.
Parma kept the pressure up and would have been level, if it weren’t for the goal-saving tackle of Nicolas Burdisso. It was Amaui’s knockdown that fell perfectly for Marco Parolo’s volley, but the Roma defender made a brave sliding block and deflected the ball over the crossbar.
Roma heeded the warning and wrapped up the game with twenty minutes to go. Totti stood over a free kick just outside the penalty area and smashed in a trademark goal to propel himself into the record books. He nearly added another goal but was denied from 18 yards with a good save by Mirante. Roma saw out their confident win and will look to build on the result with some good league form.
Match Report by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)
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