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Roma vs Fiorentina. Italian Serie A.

OlimpicoAttendance36,263.

Roma 4

  • S El Shaarawy (22nd minute)
  • M Salah (25th minute, 58th minute)
  • D Perotti (38th minute)

Fiorentina 1

  • J Ilicic (48th minute pen)

Roma 4-1 Fiorentina: Roma narrow gap to second

AFP Sport

Friday 4 March 2016 23:00, UK

Roma celebrate Diego Perotti's goal
Image: Roma celebrate Diego Perotti's goal

Roma clinched a seventh successive Serie A victory on Friday when a 4-1 thumping of title rivals Fiorentina also boosted their Champions League qualification campaign.

On-loan striker Stephan El Shaarawy, Mohamed Salah, with two goals, and a Diego Perotti strike allowed Luciano Spalletti's third-placed side to cut the gap to leaders Juventus to five points.

Francesco Totti, who has been locked in a bitter dispute with the club over a contract extension, almost completed a perfect evening at the Stadio Olimpico.

As time ticked down, the 39-year-old substitute just brushed a post with a long-range free-kick.

The defeat left Fiorentina in fourth spot, three points behind Roma but eight off the pace being set by champions Juventus.

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Victory was Roma's second in the league over Fiorentina this season but they had lost to their rivals twice at home in the Europa League and Italian Cup.