Roma beats Bologna 1-0 to close gap on Juventus

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm •  Published: February 22, 2014
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BOLOGNA, Italy (AP) — Roma ground out a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Bologna to cut the gap to Serie A leader Juventus to six points as Radja Nainggolan scored his first goal for the capital club on Saturday.

Nainggolan scored his first Italian league goal at Bologna, in October 2010, and he also opened his Roma account there following his January move from Cagliari.

The Belgium midfielder volleyed home Miralem Pjanic's cross from close range eight minutes from time.

Lazaros Christodoulopoulos should have snatched a late point for Bologna but, incredibly, he headed Panagiotis Kone's cross past the left post from six yards deep in stoppage time.

It was Roma's 17th clean sheet in the league this season, in an entertaining match at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara.

Juventus hosts Turin in the derby on Sunday.

"It was an important win," Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. "We didn't always make the right decisions in attack but we defended well.

"Juventus is playing a derby tomorrow and anything can happen. We are calm, tomorrow we'll watch our rivals' matches calmly. This season we have the chance to aim for the title, (and) we'll work hard until May to crown our dream and that of our fans."

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