Roma draws 1-1 at home to struggling Atalanta in Serie A and fails to make most of Lazio loss


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Roma’s Francesco Totti, left, is comforted by Atalanta’s Alejandro Dario Gomez after injuring during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Atalanta, at Rome's Olympic stadium, Sunday, April 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

MILAN — Roma failed to make the most of Lazio's defeat as it drew 1-1 at home to relegation-threatened Atalanta in Serie A to move level on points with its city rival in second spot.

Francesco Totti gave Roma the lead from the spot in the third minute, but Atalanta leveled with a penalty of its own and Roma couldn't convert its pressure into genuine scoring opportunities.

Roma, which was booed by its own fans, moved level with second-place Lazio on 58 points, 15 behind runaway leader Juventus. The two meet in the penultimate round of the season.

Napoli gave itself hope of sneaking into the final Champions League place by cruising to a 3-0 win at Cagliari later to close the gap to five points.

The city derby between Inter Milan and AC Milan was later Sunday.

Elsewhere, Genoa lost 2-1 at Palermo and Torino drew 1-1 at Sassuolo, hindering their chances of qualifying for Europe.

Bottom club Parma drew 2-2 at Empoli to extend its positive run and Chievo Verona drew 1-1 against Udinese.

Roma came into the game knowing it could move back into second spot with a win following Lazio's 2-0 loss at Juventus on Saturday.

Part of the Curva Sud was closed for the match after offensive banners mocking the mother of murdered Napoli fan Ciro Esposito were displayed during the team's previous home match. There were also protests outside the stadium against Roma President James Pallotta.

On the pitch, Roma was awarded an early penalty after Guglielmo Stendardo mistimed a sliding challenge on Adem Ljajic and blocked the ball with his arm.

Francesco Totti stepped up and fired into the bottom left corner, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, to give Roma a third-minute lead.

However, Atalanta leveled 20 minutes later when Davide Astori tripped Urby Emanuelson in the corner of the area and German Denis converted in similar fashion.

Roma went close to restoring its lead 11 minutes from time when Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello could only parry Ljajic's effort but Giulio Migliaccio was decisive to slide in and clear the danger as Vasilis Torosidis was about to fire into an empty net.

Napoli had beaten Fiorentina 3-0 last week to end a run of five league matches without a victory, and boosted its confidence further with a 4-1 win at Wolfsburg in the Europa League.

Strikes from Jose Callejon and substitute Manolo Gabbiadini — three minutes after coming off the bench — either side of an Antonio Balzano own goal gave Napoli a comfortable lead within the hour.

The only negative for Rafa Benitez's side was the dismissal of Christian Maggio following two bookings.

There were also two penalties in the lunchtime kickoff as Torino striker Fabio Quagliarella cancelled out Domenico Berardi's spot kick.

The penalties were won and conceded by the same players — Sassuolo striker Antonio Floro Flores and Torino defender Kamil Glik.

Torino remained eighth ahead of the Milan derby, level on points with Genoa after Ivalyo Chochev's double in Sicily. Paulo Dybala had a hand in both goals in front of Argentina coach Tata Martino, as well as curling a shot onto the bar.

Iago Falque pulled one back for Genoa.

Crisis-hit Parma was deducted a further four points last week, taking its penalty for financial problems to seven points, and leaving it 18 points from safety after this weekend's matches.

Despite not having been paid all season, the players have continued valiantly and recorded a shock victory over Juventus last weekend.

Ex-Empoli midfielder Francesco Lodi gave Parma the lead with an angled drive that bobbled into the far bottom corner but Empoli turned the match around before halftime with goals from Massimo Maccarone and Lorenzo Tonelli.

Parma leveled when Massimo Coda's effort bounced off the underside of the bar and Ishak Belfodil turned in the rebound for his first Serie A goal in nearly two years.

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