Serie A - Totti penalty frustrates Juventus

Sat, 13 Nov 22:00:00 2010

Francesco Totti scored a first-half penalty to cancel out Vincenzo Iaquinta's opener and give Roma a 1-1 draw against Juventus in their Serie A clash at the Stadio Olimpico.

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Totti equalised for Roma in the final minute of first-half stoppage time to salvage a point for Claudio Ranieri's side, after Iaquinta had given Juventus the lead in the 34th minute with a stunning volley.

Juventus's Serie A ambitions had taken a positive turn in recent weeks, after victories against Milan and Cesena lifted La Vecchia Signora up to fifth in the table.

Luigi Del Neri's men faced a tough match against Roma, however, with the 2009-10 league runners up in a rich vein of form themselves after six consecutive matches without defeat.

Juventus came close to breaking the deadlock 23 minutes into the encounter, but Iaquinta failed to connect with Alberto Aquilani's pinpoint cross at the far post.

The 30-year-old striker made amends just 11 minutes later, however, with a sublime volley from another teasing Aquilani delivery.

Aquilani - on a season-long loan to Juventus from Liverpool - made a yard of space on the right wing with some fancy footwork, before swinging a perfect cross in for Iaquinta to acrobatically volley the ball inside the flailing Julio Sergio's right post.

It was a stunning way for the hosts to the break the deadlock, but they surrendered the lead on the stroke of half-time after a moment of madness from Simone Pepe.

The winger blocked a free-kick inside the area with a raised arm, giving referee Nicola Rizzoli little choice but to point to the spot.

Totti stepped up, and despatched the spot-kick with aplomb - sending Marco Storari the wrong way and slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.

The second half was more grit than finesse - with Giorgio Chiellini ending the match with a heavily bloodied bandage wrapped around his head after a clash with Mirko Vucinic - and both sides struggled to make a decisive breakthrough.

The draw sees Juventus leapfrog Internazionale into fourth place, but the defending champions have a game in hand.

Roma remain sixth, four points clear of Sampdoria.

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