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Serie A: Roma 2 Torino 0

SoccerNews in Serie A 19 Nov 2012

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Roma have kept their first clean sheet in six Serie A games to defeat Torino 2-0 and move into sixth spot on the Italian league’s standings.

It took Roma over an hour to score their opening goal but after a dominant performance, the home team claimed a deserved victory when Pablo Osvaldo and Miralem Pjanic scored in the final 20 minutes.

Monday’s result was Roma’s second win in three games and takes them above Catania and Atalanta into sixth position with 20 points, three behind fifth-placed Lazio, who sit in a Europa League qualifying spot.

After a goalless first half, Zdenek Zeman’s team opened the scoring in the 71st minute when substitute Marquinho went down in the box under pressure from Angelo Ogbonna.

While the referee initially ignored Roma’s pleas for a penalty, the home side eventually received their spot kick thanks to the assistant referee’s intervention and Osvaldo made no mistake.

Roma wrapped up their win 15 minutes later when Pjanic struck a fine shot past Torino goalkeeper Jean Gillet from outside the area.

It was no more than Roma deserved having had 59 percent possession and 24 shots to Torino’s eight.

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