While the rest of the footballing world was busy fretting about the impending Super League announcement (possibly as soon as tomorrow—we'll have a piece up Monday), Roma faced the always difficult task of taking on a relegation-battling club on the road. Only this time around, they were tasked with reining in a rather talented bottom-dweller: Andrea Belotti and 17th place Torino, who came into this match just five points clear of the drop.
And as we outlined in our match recap, things started off swimmingly for Roma, who grabbed the lead in only the third minute when Borja Mayoral capitalized on a Torino turnover to give the Giallorossi an early lead—one that survived a VAR test no less.
But that was the only ray of sunshine for Roma at the other Stadio Olimpico today. Fighting for their Serie A lives, Torino hit Roma with everything they had today, outshooting Paulo Fonseca's outfit by a 3:1 margin and putting 11 of 27 shots on target.
The sort of good news is that with Lazio winning earlier in the day, a Roma victory wouldn't have changed anything on the table anyway. The bad and definitely more honest news is this: Roma's domestic season is, for all intents and purposes, over. With seven matches remaining, including fixtures against third-place Atalanta, sixth-place Lazio, and league-leading Inter Milan, Roma isn't likely to close the eight-point gap behind them and fourth place Juventus.
So, for continuity's sake, here are today's highlights. You'll at least see some decent defending from Roger Ibañez, a few nice saves from Antonio Mirante, and, well, that's about it!