Serie A

Roma misses out on critical points

 Alessandro Florenzi
Roma misses out on critical points as they draw Pescara 1-1.
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Roma slipped out of the European places after being held to a disappointing 1-1 home draw by rock-bottom Pescara, who picked up only their second point in 14 matches.

Gianluca Caprari gave Pescara a shock 14th-minute lead at the Stadio Olimpico and although Roma got back on level terms at the start of the second half through Mattia Destro, the home side could not force a winner.

The result leaves Roma in sixth place, a point behind Inter Milan who climbed into the top five with their 1-0 win over Parma earlier on Saturday.

Romulo's 86th-minute strike spared Fiorentina's blushes, who won 4-3 after plucky 10-man Torino had looked to have earned a share of the spoils by fighting back from three goals down.

La Viola needed the Brazilian to come to their rescue despite appearing on course for a thumping win as goals from Juan Cuadrado, Alberto Aquilani and Adem Ljajic put them 3-0 ahead just after the opening half hour.

Barreto gave the visitors hope just before the interval and strikes from Mario Santana and Alessio Cerci put them back on an even keel, but Romulo ensured their endeavour was not rewarded late on.

To compound their misery, Matteo Darmian was sent off in injury time for a second bookable offence.

Sergio Pellissier virtually secured Chievo's Serie A status for next season with the only goal of a 1-0 victory at struggling Siena, who remain one point above the relegation zone.

The Flying Donkeys opened a 10-point gap over the bottom three as 17th-placed Siena failed to respond to Pellissier's effort on the stroke of half-time.

With five games remaining Chievo are unlikely to be sucked back into a scrap to survive but the Tuscans have both Genoa and Palermo snapping at their heels.

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Josip Ilicic scored at the death in Sunday's Sicilian derby secure a 1-1 draw against 10-man Catania and keep Palermo within touching distance of a future in Serie A.

Defeat at the Stadio Angelo Massimino, which seemed inevitable following Pablo Barrientos' opener midway through the second half, would have left the Rosanero second from bottom and three points from safety.

Ilicic had other ideas, though, sparing his side's blushes and dragging the club to within a point of 17th-placed Siena with a confident finish four minutes into second half stoppage time.

Two mid-table clubs, Bologna and Sampdoria, played out a 1-1 draw at the Renato Dall'Ara after Gianluca Sansone cancelled out Alberto Gilardino's first half strike.

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