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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 23, 2013
ROME---Roma remained perfect in Serie A with a
2-0 win over rival Lazio in the city derby yesterday,
with fullback Federico Balzaretti scoring the decisive
goal and the Giallorossi s 36-year-old captain
Francesco Totti again proving decisive.
Two days after extending his contract for two more
seasons, Totti provided the cross in the 63rd minute
when Balzaretti volleyed in for his first goal in Serie
A since April 2011, when he played for Palermo.
Seconds before his goal, Balzaretti hit the post.
Lazio s best chance at the Stadio Olimpico came
when the ball bounced just wide off Miroslav Klose s
thigh in the 55th. Lazio was reduced to 10 men when
Andre Dias was sent off for a last-man foul on Totti
in the 82nd.
New signing Adem Ljajic earned and converted a
penalty for Roma in added time.
Lazio had won four of the last five derbies, including
a victory in last season s Italian Cup final, which left
Roma and its fans despondent throughout the sum-
"We put the church back in the centre of town,"
Roma s new coach Rudi Garcia said, using a proverb
from nis native French tonque. "It was a huge match
for us and for our fans and like I said, You don t play
the derby, you win it. "
Roma moved two points ahead of Juventus, Inter
Milan and Fiorentina.
In the lunchtime fixture, Diego Milito scored twice
on his return from injury and Inter thrashed promoted
Also, Juventus came from a goal down in Turin to
edge visiting Hellas Verona 2-1 with goals from Carlos
Tevez and Fernando Llorente; and Mati Fernandez and
Giuseppe Rossi scored as Fiorentina won 2-0 at Ata-
Also, it was: Catania 0, Parma 0; and Bologna 1,
Napoli had a chance to join Roma in the lead when
it visited AC Milan at the San Siro later.
In Turin, Fabrizio Cacciatore gave Verona the lead
in the 36th. Tevez equalized with an angled shot in
the 40th for his third goal in three league matches
and Llorente, who was growing unhappy after playing
only one minute previously this season, scored the
winner with a glancing header in first-half added time
following a cross from Arturo Vidal.
However, Juventus risked conceding an equaliser to
the end and failed to dominate for its third successive
match, following draws with Inter last week and at
FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.
Inter s victory marked only the third time in Serie
A that a team won 7-0 away, after Juventus beat Pro
Patria in 1950 and Udinese routed Palermo in 2011,
prompting Delio Rossi to be fired.
Padova and AC Milan hold the record with 8-0
wins in 1949 and 1955, respectively.
"I m sorry about the result," Inter coach Walter
Mazzarri said. "We tried to hold ourselves up but there
were vertical spaces left wide open."
Rodrigo Palacio, Saphir Taider, Ricardo Alvarez and
Estaban Cambiasso also scored for Inter, and defender
Raffaele Puccino added an own goal.
Milito, who came on in the 54th, had been out since
injuring his left knee in February.
The emphatic victory for Inter came amid news
that Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir is closing
in on a takeover of the club.
Having moved from Napoli, Mazzarri has made an
immediate impact with Inter, which finished ninth
last season with 16 losses. The Nerazzurri have yet to
lose this season.
"This was an important mental test, to move from
Juventus to Sassuolo," Mazzarri said. "Someone could
have thought about doing things slightly less well but
everyone was focused."
Palacio put Inter ahead seven minutes in following
a cross from Yuto Nagatomo, Taider scored his first goal
with Inter in the 23rd by redirecting a rebound from
Palacio and Puccino made it 3-0 in the 33rd when he
tried to beat Taider to the ball but ended up putting it
in his own net instead.
Alvarez made it 4-0 with a rebound of a shot from
Palacio in the 53rd. Milito replaced Palacio a minute later
and needed just nine minutes to score, taking a cross
from Alvarez and redirecting it in from close range. (AP)
perfect in Serie A
Rossi, left, is
a Serie A
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