Tuesday 20 March 2018

Totti bids farewell with Roma triumph

Totti: Emotional farewell
Totti: Emotional farewell

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Roma celebrated Francesco Totti's final game after 25 seasons at the club by beating Genoa 3-2 to clinch second place in Serie A after 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri had given the visitors a shock lead.

One club man Totti (40) came on the 54th minute for his 786th appearance, and his 619th in Serie A, in what had been dubbed 'Totti Day' by Italian media.

Diego Perotti grabbed a 90th-minute winner for Roma as they finished one point ahead of Napoli, whose 4-2 win at Sampdoria was in vain.

The win means that Roma qualify directly for next year's Champions League group stage, while Napoli's third place sends them into the final qualifying round.

In Spain, Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique's Nou Camp reign by lifting the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon home.

Messi set Barcelona on their way with his 54th goal of the season and Neymar and Paco Alcacer were also on target in the first half, with Theo Hernandez offering Alaves brief hope with a wonderful free-kick.

Meanwhile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty powered Borussia Dortmund to DBF Cup glory in their 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ousmane Dembele's eighth-minute opener for Dortmund was cancelled out by Ante Rabic in the 29th-minute before Aubameyang chipped in for his decisive strike in the second half - his 40th of the season.

Elsewhere, a 91st-minute own goal by Issa Cissokho gave Paris St-Germain a dramatic 1-0 Coupe de France final victory over Angers.

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