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Mar 17, 2014 at 8pm UK at Stadio Olimpico
Totti (22'), Destro (30'), Torosidis (69')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Pinzi (52'), Basta (81')

Result: Roma edge past Udinese

Roma restore the three-point gap between themselves and Napoli with a 3-2 win over Udinese in Serie A this evening.

Roma have restored the three-point gap between themselves and third-placed Napoli courtesy of a 3-2 win over Udinese this evening.

Mattia Destro (L) with his teammates of AS Roma celebrates after scoring the second team's goal during the Serie A match against Udinese on March 17, 2014© Getty Images

The hosts almost took the lead in the 16th minute when Mattia Destro let fly from range, drawing a smart stop from the keeper to deny the Italian striker.

They did have the lead just six minutes later, however, as Francesco Totti converted a rebound into the bottom corner moments after Simone Scuffet had produced a fine save to deny Gervinho.

Udinese almost responded immediately, coming close to an equaliser two minutes later when Badu forced Morgan De Sanctis into a good save from close range.

Roma doubled their lead right on the half-hour mark when Gervinho did brilliantly to set up Destro, who coolly rounded the keeper before sliding his finish into an empty net.

The visitors again had a chance to pull a goal back shortly afterwards, but they squandered the opportunity once more as De Sanctis denied Antonio Di Natale's strike.

They did finally register on the scoreboard just six minutes after the restart when Giampiero Pinzi picked the ball up in midfield before driving forward to the edge of the box and drilling an effort into the bottom far corner.

They could have levelled things up in the 55th minute when Di Natale drilled a low effort towards the corner, but once again the veteran striker was denied by De Sanctis.

Totti then came close to bagging a second of the evening when he fizzed a strike narrowly wide, but he turned provider for Roma's third later in the half, giving the ball to Vassilios Torosidis, who did the rest with a fine finish from outside the area.

Di Natale had another chance to reduce the deficit back to one goal two minutes later, but his powerful strike from the edge of the box was saved by De Sanctis, who once again came out on top in their personal duel.

Udinese made things interesting with 10 minutes remaining when Dusan Basta fired home a rebound after Allan's header had been denied by the keeper.

The visitors could not complete their comeback, however, as Roma held out for a victory that keeps them three points clear of Napoli.

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Antonio Di Natale of Udinese Calcio celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the TIM Cup match against ACF Fiorentina on February 4, 2014
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