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AS Roma's long-serving captain Francesco Totti will quit football at the end of the season, the capital club's sporting director Monchi announced on Wednesday. The 40-year-old iconic playmaker, who joined Roma's academy in 1989 and has remained with the capital outfit, is out of contract in the summer.

Monchi, who was appointed by Roma last week, clarified that Totti will end his 28-year playing career but he will be given a post of director.

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AC Milan snatched a late 2-2 draw in the Milan football derby against Inter, while Juventus took an eight-point lead with a 2-0 win over Pescara as second-placed Roma were held 1-1 by Atalanta in the 32nd round of Serie A on Saturday.

Italian midfielder Antonio Candreva opened scoring for Inter Milan after 36 minutes, while Argentine striker Mauro Icardi scored the second goal just eight minutes later.

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Radja Nainggolan's brace drove capital football club AS Roma past Inter Milan 3-1 to cut the gap to Serie A football league leaders Juventus to seven at the San Siro.

The Belgian international on Sunday came up with two long-range strikes in the 12th and 59th minutes to put Roma ahead 2-0 before Inter captain Mauro Icardi tapped home a drive from Ivan Perisic with just under 10 minutes remaining to make a contest.

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The draw for the Europa League's last-16 football contest sets Roma against Olympique Lyonnais. The draw, held here on Friday, also resulted in a German clash between Schalke and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and Belgian battle between Ghent and Genk.

Manchester United, England's sole representative in the tournament, will play Russian side Rostov, while the only Spanish team, Celta Vigo, will face Russia's Krasnodar.

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Roma and Lyon clinched their respective last-16 berths in the Europa League, while Athletic Bilbao were shocked by APOEL 2-0 to lose 4-3 on aggregate.

With a four-goal advantage going in to the return leg, Roma players slipped in their defence as Thomas Vermaelen's bad touch earned Rafael Borre a clear shot at goal from inside the box to break the deadlock in the 15th minute. However, the hole was too deep for the visitors to climb out. Roma finally made into the next round, despite seeing their 16-game unbeaten home run shattered.

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AS Roma's versatile footballer Alessandro Florenzi on Friday underwent another left knee surgery after he injured the same anterior cruciate ligament which was ruptured in October.

The operation meant that the season is over for the 25-year-old as Roma stated that "the recovery period is estimated at five months".

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AS Roma defender Federico Fazio has said that the club, who are second in Italy's Serie A football championship, continues to believe they can win the league title.

Fazio said in an interview with Sky Sports on Thursday that Roma can win the Serie A and what is important is not to waste points, reports Efe news agency.

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