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Veteran Totti secures Roma deserved draw at Man City

Francesco Totti became the oldest scorer in European club competition history when he netted after 24 minutes to give AS Roma a 1-1 draw at Manchester City in their Champions League Group E match at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Totti, who turned 38 on Saturday, chipped the ball over goalkeeper Joe Hart for his landmark goal which resulted in City failing to win their first home match in the competition for the fourth successive season.
City went ahead in the fourth minute when their former defender Maicon put his arm around Sergio Aguero and pulled him down leaving referee Bjorn Kuipers no alternative but to award the penalty which the Argentine swept home sending Roma’s stand-in keeper Lukasz Skorupski the wrong way.
But City failed to build on that early advantage and although they played better in the second half when James Milner and Frank Lampard came on as substitutes, impressive Roma were worth their point.
Roma played some crisp, sharp football after falling behind, and were unlucky not to be on level terms almost immediately.
A quick break ended with Maicon, who began the move marauding down the right flank, smashing his angled shot against the bar.
Gervinho almost scored from a similar position at the end of the first half, but Hart did well to save his powerful shot.
City cancelled out Roma’s creativity after the restart, but failed to find the breakthrough.

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