Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 26th 2016 Contents MILAN---Before yesterday, only one player
had scored 250 goals in Serie A. Now there
Just two days before his 40th birthday,
Francesco Totti reached that landmark with
a penalty kick in Roma's 3-1 defeat at Tori-
no.Totti came off the bench for the second
half to a standing ovation from both sets of
fans and the script was set when Roma was
awarded a penalty 10 minutes later.
Roma's talismanic captain, who has spent
his entire career at the capital club, stepped
up and blasted it past England goalkeeper
Joe Hart and into the roof of the net.
In the end it mattered little as Torino had
already scored two goals through Andrea
Belotti and a penalty of their own, converted
by Iago Falque.
And Falque, who is on loan from Roma,
doubled his tally in the 65th with a deflected
effort into the top corner.
"Some people think that at a certain point
everything goes ahead automatically, and
that's when you need to intervene," Roma
coach Luciano Spalletti said. "Today we
showed that, as history proves, we can't man-
age to be consistent. It's the coach's fault and
I'll try to find answers."
Totti still has a way to go before he reaches
Silvio Piola's record of 274 Serie A goals, set
between 1929 and 1954, and it might be too
much of a challenge given that he is likely
to retire when his contract expires at the end
of the season.
However, the World Cup winner has netted
six goals in his last 11 league matches, as well
as providing several assists. Not bad for some-
one pushing 40.
Here's what else happened in Serie A:
INTER MILAN 1, BOLOGNA 1
Inter Milan's run of three successive wins
ended at Bologna.
Ivan Perisic struck a sensational volley into
the far bottom corner in the 37th for Inter
to cancel out Mattia Destro's opener.
The match also saw Gabigol make his debut
for Inter as a second-half substitute.
The forward, hailed as "the new Neymar"
has scored two goals in four appearances for
Brazil's senior side and also helped its
Olympic team to a first gold medal in Rio
"It's not easy to come on in such a game,
with a lot of pressure," Inter coach Frank de
Boer said. "He did quite well, we know that
he can do better, but this was his first step
and so I'm happy."
Andrea Ranocchia should have won the
match for Inter in stoppage time following
a perfect cross from Perisic, but the Italy
defender sent a free header wide from six
Inter moved into third, four points behind
leader Juventus and one above Roma.
FIORENTINA 0, AC MILAN 0
AC Milan coach Vincenzo Montella's
return to Fiorentina almost ended in defeat.
Fiorentina was awarded a penalty midway
through the first half after Davide Calabria
held back Borja Valero but Josip Ilicic's spot
kick came off the inside of the right post.
Montella was fired as Fiorentina coach in
June 2015 and spent a year in charge of Sam-
pdoria before joining Milan in the offsea-
GENOA 1, PESCARA 1
The name "Simeone" is back on the score-
sheets in Serie A.
Current Atletico Madrid coach Diego
Simeone scored more than 30 goals in Italy
and his son Giovanni is now off the mark
after joining Genoa from Argentinian club
River Plate in the offseason.
The 21-year-old Simeone pounced two
minutes after the break, controlling Santiago
Gentiletti's through-ball with his right boot
and striking it into the bottom near corner
with his left.
Genoa threw it away in five second-half
minutes as Edenilson was sent off for a second
booking and Goran Pandev was shown a
straight red card for dissent, leaving their side
with nine men for the final 11 minutes.
Rey Manaj leveled with five minutes remain-
ing, tapping in Francesco Zampano's cross.
It was the second successive match Pescara
had finished with two extra men after drawing
0-0 against nine-man Torino midweek.
Lazio moved up to fifth with a 2-0 win
over Empoli thanks to goals from Keita Balde
Diao and Senad Lulic.
Gregoire Defrel scored for a fifth successive
match in all competitions to fire Sassuolo to
a 1-0 victory over Udinese, which hit the
woodwork twice in the final minute. (AP)
Monday, September 26, 2016 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
ward Charlie Austin exacted
sweet revenge on a club which
once questioned his fitness as
West Ham lost its fourth straight
Premier League game yesterday.
Austin's goal and assist at the
Olympic Stadium gave Southamp-
ton a 3-0 victory over a team
whose top official had said he
wouldn't sign the player due to
the state of his knee.
In August 2015, West Ham co-
chairman David Sullivan told an
unofficial club podcast: "They say
he (Austin) has no ligaments in
his knee, who knows?"
But Austin proved his worth for
Southampton, scoring his fifth
goal in four games in all compe-
titions to dispel any doubts about
his physical condition or ability.
Having seen his side score more
than one goal for the first time in
the Premier League this season,
Southampton manager Claude
Puel praised Austin's clinical play.
"He can score very nice goals
and I think he scored with his first
chance," said Puel. "This shows a
The win means midtable
Southampton has eight points
from six matches, while West Ham
is struggling in the relegation zone
with three points from six games.
West Ham conceded three or
more goals for the fourth consec-
utive league game. Coach Slaven
Bilic said the players were low on
confidence but hinted he wanted
players to be harder on each other.
"Heavy defeats against Watford
and West Brom started the situ-
ation with the confidence," said
the former Croatia manager. "The
players are good with each other
--- they are maybe too good with
In a first half lacking goalmouth
action, Southampton always
looked more likely to make the
breakthrough, repeatedly threat-
ening through Ryan Bertrand
down the left.
Having escaped when Pierre-
Emile Hojbjerg failed to convert
the former Chelsea defender's
cross after eight minutes, West
Ham was eventually made to pay.
The Saints' chief creator, Dusan
Tadic, freed Bertrand once more
after 40 minutes, whose pull back
was expertly slotted home by
Despite the impressive work rate
of Simone Zaza up front, West
Ham struggled to create any clear
openings in the first half, looking
most dangerous from Dimitri
Payet's set pieces.
Southampton should have dou-
bled its lead early in the second
half when Tadic found himself in
space after a slick exchange of
passes with Cedric Soares.
The Serb midfielder, perhaps
surprised by the amount of space
he'd been given in the West Ham
area, shot straight at Adrian---a
mistake Tadic wouldn't repeat.
Just 10 minutes later Cheikhou
Kouyate gifted Southampton the
ball deep inside his own half and
Austin turned provider as his first-
time pass released Tadic, who
calmly rounded Adrian and fin-
ished in the 62nd.
West Ham attempted to rally,
but the introductions of Sofiane
Feghouli, Ashley Fletcher and
Edimilson Fernandes failed to
cause the visitors any major dis-
Payet's influence grew as he
fired wide from the edge of the
box and Zaza saw an effort cleared
off the line by Virgil van Dijk after
more good work from the French
The visitors had multiple
chances to extend their lead late
on and finally did so in stoppage
time when Steven Davis cut back
for substitute James Ward-Prowse
to fire into an empty net---and not
many home fans still around to
There were pre-match fears over
crowd trouble following violence
during the league match against
Watford. Off the pitch at least,
the game passed more peacefully
for the hosts this time. While a
significant minority of West Ham
fans again chose to ignore pre-
match warnings over persistent
standing at the club's new stadi-
um, the stewards appeared to take
a more lenient approach. (AP)
Totti reaches 250 goals but Roma loses
West Ham pays for rejecting Austin
Roma's Francesco Totti walks on the pitch
during a Serie A soccer match between Roma
and Torino at the Turin Olympic stadium,
Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Southampton's Charlie Austin, third left, celebrates scoring his side's
first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between
West Ham and Southampton at The London Stadium in London,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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