MILAN — 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.
Roma’s talismanic captain, who has spent his entire career at the capital club, stepped up and blasted it past England goalkeeper 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,” Roma coach 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 challenge 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:
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.
FIORENTINA 0, AC MILAN 0
AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella’s return to Fiorentina almost ended in defeat.
Fiorentina was awarded a penalty midway through the first half after Davide Calabria held back Borja Valero but Josip Ilicic’s spot kick came off the inside of the right post.
Montella was fired as Fiorentina coach in June 2015 and spent a year in charge of Sampdoria before joining Milan in the offseason.
GENOA 1, PESCARA 1
The name “Simeone” is back on the scoresheets in Serie A.
Current Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone scored more than 30 goals in Italy and his son Giovanni is now off the mark after joining Genoa from Argentinian club River Plate in the offseason.
The 21-year-old Simeone pounced two minutes after the break, controlling Santiago Gentiletti’s through-ball with his right boot and striking it into the bottom near corner with his left.
Genoa threw it away in five second-half minutes as Edenilson was sent off for a second booking and Goran Pandev was shown a straight red card for dissent, leaving their side with nine men for the final 11 minutes.
Rey Manaj leveled with five minutes remaining, tapping in Francesco Zampano’s cross.
It was the second successive match Pescara had finished with two extra men after drawing 0-0 against nine-man Torino midweek.
Lazio moved up to fifth with a 2-0 win over Empoli thanks to goals from Keita Balde Diao and Senad Lulic.
Gregoire Defrel scored for a fifth successive match in all competitions to fire Sassuolo to a 1-0 victory over Udinese, which hit the woodwork twice in the final minute.