Joe Hart.

Fans react to Joe Hart's antics before trying to save Francesco Totti penalty

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Joe Hart has had an up and down start to life in Italy since joining Torino on loan from Manchester City last month.

The England goalkeeper dropped a clanger on his debut to cost his side three points but followed it up with two clean sheets since.

And Hart was in the running for a third straight impressive display as his Torino side began the second half of their encounter with Roma today leading 2-0. However, that didn't last long once club legend Francesco Totti arrived for the Rome club. He's just blemished Hart's match report by converting a very well taken penalty after coming on at half time.

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Hart will have bad memories of facing Italians from the spot after being between the sticks for England when they suffered shootout heartbreak against Italy at Euro 2012.

Although to be fair to the on-loan City 'keeper, he couldn't do much about Totti's penalty on Sunday afternoon...even if he tried to put him off by going behind the goal to grab his water bottle and then trying to make himself look big by hitting the crossbar four or fives times.

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It is a credit to the Italian striker that he is still capable of being the hero for Roma after two decades with the club.

Hart may have been disappointed to leave City behind this summer after 13 years, but Totti has been strutting his stuff for the same club for 24 seasons - and he is two days away from his 40th birthday.

And, with Hart having tried to put off the veteran forward before Totti stepped up to convert the penalty, you can imagine more than few people were quick to react on social media...

In fairness to Hart, although he might have conceded to Totti and Roma this afternoon, he has to be happy with how life at Torino has begun.

He has quickly bounced back from flapping at a cross on his debut against Atalanta to register two straight clean sheet, and his distribution - the main reason Pep Guardiola got rid of him at City - has been at its highest level in years.

Whether or not he has a long-term future back in Manchester remains to be seen, but he shouldn't be too dishearted with picking the ball out of the back of his net today because of Totti.

There have been plenty other goalkeepers forced to do exactly that over the years.

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