Totti reaches 250 Serie A goals in Roma defeat

The Italian came on as a substitute and reached the landmark after beating Joe Hart with a second-half spot kick but could not help his side to victory

Francesco Totti has become the second player to reach 250 Serie A goals, but the occasion was bittersweet as Roma fell to a 3-1 defeat against Torino.

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The Roma icon turns 40 on Tuesday and sent Joe Hart the wrong way from the penalty spot 10 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute.

That was the 250th strike of Totti’s top-flight career, over 23 years after making his league debut as a 16-year-old against Brescia in March 1993.

Only legendary striker Silvio Piola, who retired in 1954, has more goals in Italy’s top division with 274.

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Roma were already two goals down by the time the milestone was reached, Andrea Belotti heading hosts Torino in front after eight minutes and Iago Falque scoring a penalty of his own three minutes before Totti’s strike.

The veteran’s spot-kick gave the visitors hope of launching a comeback, but a second strike for Falque – on loan in Turin from Roma – restored Torino’s two-goal cushion to end a three-game winless run.

Roma have now lost two of their last three Serie A matches, leaving them five points behind early leaders Juventus.

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