Second-half goals from Kostas Manolas, Deniele De Rossi and Lorenzo Pelligrini strengthend Roma’s place in the Champions League spots as they overcame Torino 3-0.

The game was the first in Serie A since the passing of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, who also had a season on loan at Roma. Both sets of players stood together in memory of the defender before kick-off.

Roma dominated the opening exchanges, while Walter Mazzarri’s plan was to catch them on the break.

However, Torino had the better chances in the first-half. Iago Falque and Afiyie Acquah forced good saves from Alisson.

And the Bulls would’ve been one up had Andrea Belotti got a cleaner connection on Falques pinpoint cross.

Replacing the unavailable top scorer Edin Dzeko, Patrik Schick had big boots to fill in this game. He came close with a header straight at Salvatore Sirigu.

But a second-half goal was coming for the home side, yet it was an unlikely source in centre-back Kostas Manolas who got it. The Greek heading in Alessandro Florenzi’s cross before taking a moment to pay tribute to Astori.

By this point the game was opening up. Roma’s full backs Aleksander Kolorov and Florenzi were playing a big part in their attacks and it was paying off.

With just over quarter of an hour to go, De Rossi made it two. The captain profiting off Radjia Nainggolan’s header to slide in for his first of the season.

To give the game a metaphor, Roma offered Torino a slice of cake in the before taking it away. It was a really comfortable second-half for the home side.

Pellegrini sealed the deal by finishing a nicely worked counter-attack in the final moments. Roma now go into their Champions League second leg against Shaktar Donetsk full of confidence while Torino will be looking to bounce back against Fiorentina next Sunday.