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Roma Back On Track With First Away Win

Posted on: November 24, 2008

ROME: AS Roma captured their first away victory of the season as Luciano Spalletti’s team continued their recent resurgence with a 3-0 win at Lecce yesterday.

Roma began the day just one place above the relegation zone but their predicament is looking increasingly less desperate following a second straight league win — the first time this season they have managed that feat.

Prior to this victory they had lost five and drawn one of their six away matches.

But on the back of recent home victories over Chelsea in the Champions League and city rivals Lazio in the league, Roma’s confidence is starting to return and results are beginning to improve.

One major change made by Spalletti during this run was to switch from his usual formation of one man up front to playing Mirko Vucinic alongside Francesco Totti and both scored in this win.
Vucinic hit the net after just 11 minutes with an angled left-foot shot from Totti’s pass.

Brazilian centre-back Juan then doubled the advantage seven minutes before the break after Matteo Brighi’s shot was deflected into his path.

Just after the restart Totti added the third with a delightful chip over goalkeeper Francesco Benussi after latching onto a through ball from Brighi.

Napoli failed to join second placed AC Milan on 26 points, just four points behind leaders and champions Inter Milan, who beat Juventus 1-0 on Saturday, as they conceded a goal five minutes into injury time in a 2-2 home draw with Cagliari.

Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik gave Napoli a ninth minute lead but although they dominated throughout, Uruguayan Diego Lopez equalised on 56 minutes after Gennaro Iezzo had parried a header from Daniele Conti.

Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi fired home a stunning free-kick to give the hosts the lead for a second time but Conti converted a cross from Brazilian Jeda to give the Sardinians an unlikely share of the spoils.

Serie A top scorer Diego Milito missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed but scored the opener as Genoa drew 1-1 at Lazio.

Genoa looked to be heading for victory until their Brazilian goalkeeper Rubinho spilled French midfielder Ousmane Dabo’s speculative long range strike into his own net.

Yesterday’s results: Bologna 1 Palermo 1, Chievo 0 Siena 2, Lazio 1 Genoa 1, Lecce 0 AS Roma 3, Napoli 2 Cagliari 2, Reggina 3 Atalanta 1, Sampdoria 3 Catania 0; Saturday’s results: Fiorentina 4 Udinese 2, Inter Milan 1 Juventus 0. — AFP

New Straits Times

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