ROME: Goals in either half from skipper Francesco Totti inspired AS Roma to a 4-2 win at Sampdoria yesterday.
Roma, who still need a point to secure a place in the Champions League’s last 16 after being beaten by Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk midweek, have no such problems in the Serie A, notching up their fifth straight victory.
The win moves the side from the capital to provisional second in Serie A with leaders Inter Milan travelling to third-placed Palermo later yesterday.
Inter, with 30 points, are a point ahead of Roma with Palermo a further two points behind with 27.
A week after humiliating Catania 7-0 in the Olympic stadium, the Romans hammered home their dominance against the Genoans, with the three Italian internationals who scored last week again hitting the mark.
Totti opened after 13 minutes with midfielder Simone Perrotta claiming the second after 33 minutes and defender Christian Panucci adding a third before the break. Totti netted his second after 74 minutes to give Roma an unequalled 30 goals scored this season.
AC Milan skipper Paolo Maldini grabbed the only goal of the game as his side beat Messina 1-0 on Saturday to help ease the pressure on underfire coach Carlo Ancelotti.
After collecting just one point from four games, Milan desperately needed a victory.
Maldini delivered the three points on 13 minutes when he headed in Andrea Pirlo’s perfectly-weighted free-kick.
â€œThese are three important points which will help us work without anxiousness from now on,â€ said Ancelotti.
â€œThe side still needs to grow. We had a few problems in the first half, but I’m happy with how we ended the game.â€
Milan went into the game still weighed down by their eight-point penalty for match-fixing as well as an injury crisis which has seen goalkeeper Dida ruled out for at least two months after damaging his left knee in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat at AEK Athens.
PARIS, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Olympique Lyon winger Sidney Govou hit a
double as France stunned arch-rivals Italy 3-1 in a showcase Euro 2008
qualifier in Paris on Wednesday.
It was sweet revenge for Les Bleus who bowed to the Italians on penalties in a controversial World Cup final two months ago.France
are second in the Group B table, level with Scotland and five points
ahead of the world champions who have made a miserable start to their
campaign, having been held 1-1 by Lithuania on Saturday.Coach Raymond Domenech said his France team had produced an almost flawless performance.’The
perfect match is the one in which you score on every attack and that
your opponents are unable to put you in danger. We came very close to
the perfect match tonight,’ he told a news conference.’Everybody
was feeling great and technically we were well prepared for this
I hope that we will be capable to repeat such a performance.’Beating
the world champions always means something special. We have tamed two
world champions over the last two months,’ he added, referring to the
1-0 success over Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals. ‘We can be
happy and proud of ourselves.’Govou needed just 90 seconds to make a dramatic impact, volleying in a cross by defender William Gallas.
was the first time Govou, often used as a substitute, had started a
match for France since the 4-0 thrashing of Cyprus in a World Cup
qualifier in October 2005.France increased their lead after 17
minutes when fans’ favourite Thierry Henry produced a superb finish
from close range after Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon failed to hold
a powerful shot from Florent Malouda.
Chelsea claim unhappy French defender William Gallas sensationally threatened
to score an own goal and refused to play for the club before he was sold to
Arsenal as part of the deal which took Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge.
The Premiership champions took the unprecedented step of issuing a
statement to inform their fans about the lack of respect the defender showed the
club in a bid to get a move away from Chelsea.
The statement revealed how he initially refused to play against Liverpool in
last season’s FA Cup semi-final and how, if selected to play against Manchester
City in the first game of this season, he threatened to score an own goal, get
sent off or make deliberate mistakes.
The club statement read: ‘Chelsea believes it is important for our supporters
to be made aware of the full facts regarding William Gallas and the lack of
respect he showed to the fans, the manager and the club.
‘Despite leaving he continues to attack Jose Mourinho and this cannot be left
‘Chelsea made William Gallas a very substantial and attractive new contract
offer to stay towards the end of last season. This was rejected.