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Watch Francesco Totti's Incredible Back-Heeled Pass vs. Parma

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 17:  Francesco Totti of Roma celebrates the victory after the Serie A match between AS Roma and Parma FC at Stadio Olimpico on March 17, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 18, 2013

On Saturday night, something beautiful happened.

As Roma continued their impressive vein of form under Aurelio Andreazzoli, Francesco Totti stole the headlines with another back-heel.

The Giallorossi started confidently, looking every bit the side that's unbeaten in five league games, and within seven minutes the capital club were ahead. A vicious cross was kept alive by Leandro Castan, and Daniele De Rossi's subsequent shot was diverted into the net by Argentinian wonderkid Erik Lamela.

Roma's new-found belief and happiness under their interim manager is a far cry from the issues they constantly battled under Zdenek Zeman, and the home side came forward in waves as Parma, who have an abysmal away record, clung on.

Both Totti and Simone Perrotta struck the woodwork before the killer second goal, and it was the captain himself who struck a vicious effort into the net from 23 yards.

But the major talking point of the game wasn't Lamela's great performance, Totti's resilience or even Andreazzoli's superb work so far.

It wasn't even Roma's fluid football in a system that looks a lot like Luciano Spalletti's experimentation with the false-nine back in 2007.

It was Totti's unbelievable back-heeled pass.

The Italian, drifting over to the left side, pulled Alessandro Lucarelli into an advanced position and hit an incredible first-time pass for his left-winger to run onto.

The Giallorossi got in behind Parma's defensive line and fashioned a scoring chance. Totti did something similar for Lamela's opening goal, but there's only one moment from this game we're talking about.

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