― Reuters picMILAN, May 12 ― Second-placed AS Roma host leaders Juventus in Serie A on Sunday but rather than thinking about trying to catch the runaway leaders they will be looking over their shoulders at their rivals for an automatic Champions League berth.
Juventus will have to wait another week to claim an historic sixth successive Serie A title after Roma ran out 3-1 winners at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Mario Lemina was set up by Gonzalo Higuaín to give Juventus the lead midway through the first half but Daniele De Rossi equalised for Roma four minutes later.
Roma's 26th win of the campaign moved Luciano Spalletti's men back up to second place, only four points off the lead, to sit one point ahead of Napoli, who saw Jose Callejon hit a brace in a 5-0 rout at Torino earlier.
Minutes later, the Olimpico erupted - and Totti began clapping - when El Shaarawy goal collected a cross from Nainggolan, cut inside and unleashed a low, right-footed strike that took a slight deflection before squeezing inside the far post of Gianluigi Buffon's net. We had a good first half, we just needed to stay organised.
It was the third straight match in Serie A that Juventus failed to win, after draws with Atalanta and Torino.
Nainggolan made sure of the win with a thunderous effort nine minutes later, leaving Juve to turn their attention to Wednesday's Coppa Italia final against Lazio back on this ground to secure the first leg of a possible treble. Since Serie A was founded in 1929 no club has won more than five successive titles.
Allegri, whose side also have a Champions League final with Real Madrid to prepare for, told juventus.com: "We're experiencing a special period at the moment and it is there to be enjoyed". Perhaps with those fixtures in mind the Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, chose to rest their playmaker Paulo Dybala.
De Rossi was first to the loose ball, stabbing it goalwards, which Buffon parried but the Roma midfielder remained alert to squeeze the rebound inside the far post.
Totti, who has been offered a directorship from July, was left on the bench at San Siro last week and Spalletti admitted he could have been more sensitive, teasing a swansong appearance against Juve.
Third place would mean a spot in the final playoff round where Italian teams have suffered six defeats in the last eight seasons.
"I understand the fans", Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic said.
Despite the fact they are nearly certain to miss out on the Scudetto, Roma have enjoyed their best domestic campaign in years.
Piotr Zielinski put the finishing touch as Napoli took their tally for the season to 86 goals.
Genoa's defeat left them with 33 points, only two ahead of Crotone in the relegation zone with Empoli sandwiched in between.