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Francesco Totti reaches 250 goals but Roma loses 3-1 at Torino

Sunday, 25 September 2016, 19:03 Last update: about 7 years ago

Before Sunday, only one player had scored 250 goals in Serie A. Now there are two.

Just two days before his 40th birthday, Francesco Totti reached that landmark with a penalty kick in Roma's 3-1 defeat at Torino.

Totti came off the bench for the second half to a standing ovation from both sets of fans and the script was set when Roma was awarded a penalty 10 minutes later.

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Roma's talismanic captain, who has spent his entire career at the capital club, stepped up and blasted it past Joe Hart and into the roof of the net.

In the end it mattered little as Torino had already scored two goals through Andrea Belotti and a penalty of their own, converted by Iago Falque.

And Falque, who is on loan from Roma, doubled his tally in the 65th with a deflected effort into the top corner.

"Some people think that at a certain point everything goes ahead automatically, and that's when you need to intervene," Romacoach Luciano Spalletti said. "Today we showed that, as history proves, we can't manage to be consistent. It's the coach's fault and I'll try to find answers."

Totti still has a way to go before he reaches Silvio Piola's record of 274 Serie A goals, set between 1929 and 1954, and it might be too much of a tall order given that he is likely to retire when his contract expires at the end of the season.

However, the World Cup winner has netted six goals in his last 11 league matches, as well as providing several assists. Not bad for someone pushing 40.

Here's what else happened in Serie A:

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INTER MILAN 1, BOLOGNA 1

Inter Milan's run of three successive wins ended at Bologna.

Ivan Perisic struck a sensational volley into the far bottom corner in the 37th for Inter to cancel out Mattia Destro's opener.

The match also saw Gabigol make his debut for Inter as a second-half substitute.

The forward, hailed as "the new Neymar", has scored two goals in four appearances for Brazil's senior side and also helped its Olympic team to a first gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's not easy to come on in such a game, with a lot of pressure," Inter coach Frank de Boer said. "He did quite well, we know that he can do better, but this was his first step and so I'm happy."

Andrea Ranocchia should have won the match for Inter in stoppage time following a perfect cross from Perisic, but the Italy defender sent a free header wide from six yards out.

Inter moved into third, four points behind leader Juventus and one above Roma.

AC Milan can leapfrog Inter with a win at Fiorentina later.

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