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Euro football round-up: Totti's stoppage-time penalty sinks Cesena

February 02, 2017 10:19 IST

AS Roma's Francesco Totti celebrates with teammates after scoring against Cesena during their Coppa Italia match quarter-final on Wednesday

IMAGE: AS Roma's Francesco Totti celebrates with teammates after scoring against Cesena during their Coppa Italia match quarter-final on Wednesday. Photograph: AS Roma/Twitter

AS Roma needed a penalty from 40-year-old forward Francesco Totti in the seventh minute of stoppage time to scrape past second-tier Cesena 2-1 in their Coppa Italia quarter-final on Wednesday.

Totti, who has only made sporadic appearances this season, sent his shot into the bottom corner with the last kick of the game to earn Roma a two-leg semi-final against neighbours Lazio.

It was the third goal of the season in all competitions for Totti who is in his 25th season at his only professional club.

Visitors Cesena had enjoyed slightly the better of the exchanges and were set to take the match into extra-time until a clumsy challenge by goalkeeper Federico Agliardi on Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman led to the penalty.

Roma, second in Serie A, broke the deadlock in the 68th minute when Radja Nainggolan slipped the ball to Stephan El Shaarawy and he passed to Edin Dzeko who tapped in from close range.

The Sea Horses, who are stuck in the Serie B relegation zone after dropping down from Serie A last season, levelled five minutes later after a dreadful mixup in the Roma defence. Goalkeeper Alisson tried to intercept a long ball but collided with Kostas Manolas and substitute Luca Garritano was left with the job of turning the ball into the empty net. Agliardi saved a Totti free kick and intervened just in time to stop Dzeko getting his head to a Bruno Peres cross but undid his good work by giving away the penalty.

Monaco scrape through, PSG breeze into Cup last 16

Monaco players celebrate a goal on Wednesday

IMAGE: Monaco players celebrate a goal on Wednesday. Photograph: Monaco/Twitter

Monaco came close to a shock French Cup exit at the hands of third division Chambly but scraped through with a 5-4 away win after extra time in the last 32 on Wednesday. Holders Paris St Germain avoided any such drama as they eased through with a 4-0 win at Stade Rennais courtesy of a Julian Draxler double.

In Chambly, goals from Guido Carrillo, Thomas Lemar and Kilian Mbappe put Monaco 3-0 ahead.

But the hosts fought back after the break as a Gregory Gendrey goal and a double by Anthony Soubervie, who netted the equaliser in stoppage time, levelled the tie.

Monaco defender Andrea Raggi was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle in the 89th minute, four minutes before Soubervie's second goal.

Monaco kept their wits and went 5-3 up in extra time thanks to goals from Kevin NDoram and Kamik Glik.

Romain Padovani pulled one back for Chambly but despite being down to 10 men, Monaco held firm.

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