SCOTT PETERSON - Monday, May 6, 2013
Michael Bradley and AS Roma scored a dramatic stoppage time winner versus Fiorentina Saturday night thanks to Paolo Osvaldo to keep the Romans on course for Europe.
Bradley got the nod from head coach Aurelio Andreazzoli in midfield and was paired alongside Danielle de Rossi for the full 90 minutes.
Both teams came out ready to play, with scoring chances on both sides of the field. Roma, however, had more from the match as they had decent opportunities to open the scoring in the 3rd, 19th and 26th minutes that all went begging.
In the 38th minute, Fiorentina produced the game's best chance as Roman keeper Bogdon pulled off an amazing save of Stevan Jovetic thunderous effort deflecting it off the post.
Fiorentina hit the woodwork for a second time in the first minute of stoppage time as former Roma man David Pizarro saw his effort thwarted by the post.
Roma then stole the points with a game winner just seconds later. Francesco Totti picked out Osvaldo on a corner and the former Fiorentina striker headed the Giallorossi to victory.
With the win, Roma remains a point ahead of Udinese and pulls to within three of Fiorentina. It's a short week for Roma as they host Chievo on Tuesday evening.