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MILAN---United States mid-
fielder Michael Bradley scored
late to help 10-man Roma beat
Udinese 1-0 and set a Serie A
record by winning its first nine
matches of the season.
Bradley came on as a substi-
tute and broke the deadlock with
his first touch of the match eight
minutes from full time to keep
Roma five points clear of Napoli
Roma played the final 24 min-
utes with 10 men after Maicon
was sent off for a second yellow
Juventus recorded eight open-
ing victories in 1930-31 and
1985-86, and also won nine
straight matches to start 2005-
06 but was stripped of its title-
winning season in the "cal-
ciopoli" match-fixing scandal.
"At the end it was three
deserved points, we really gave
everything," Bradley said. "This
is a team which has great desire
Elsewhere, Gonzalo Higuain
converted two controversial
penalties to help Napoli beat 10-
man Torino 2-0, while Juventus
beat Genoa by the same score-
A stoppage-time winner
handed Parma a 3-2 victory over
AC Milan, which had fought
back from two goals down.
Udinese was unbeaten in 22
home games and it almost got
off to the perfect start when Luis
Muriel s effort crashed off the
left upright with less than three
minutes on the clock.
Roma clearly missed talis-
manic captain Francesco Totti,
who is out injured, and Udinese
had another fantastic chance in
the 38th minute when Gabriel
Silva chipped goalkeeper Morgan
De Sanctis, but Leandro Castan
cleared off the line with an acro-
batic overhead kick.
A Roma victory appeared even
more unlikely when Maicon was
given his marching orders in the
However, Bradley scored the
winner minutes after being
brought on for Marco Borriello.
Kevin Strootman was given too
much time on the ball and he
spotted Bradley s run, allowing
the US international to drill the
ball into the bottom left corner.
Juventus badly needed a win
after a miserable week which
saw Antonio Conte s side defeat-
ed at Real Madrid in the Cham-
pions League, days after letting
slip a two-goal lead to lose 4-
2 against Fiorentina.
Arturo Vidal, who had earlier
hit the crossbar, fired Juventus
in front from the spot in the
22nd minute after Davide Bion-
dini tripped Kwadwo Asamoah,
although the foul appeared to
be just outside the area.
Juventus almost doubled its
lead moments later but Genoa
goalkeeper Mattia Perin pulled
off a stunning save to deny
Andrea Pirlo from close range.
The two-time defending
champion did grab a second 10
minutes from halftime when
Carlos Tevez dribbled in the area
before placing an angled drive
across into the bottom right cor-
In the lunchtime fixture,
Napoli took the lead in the 14th
minute when Nicola Bellomo
was adjudged to have tripped
Dries Mertens and Higuain
blasted the resulting penalty
under the bar.
Torino was again furious
when Napoli was awarded
another soft penalty shortly after
the half hour mark when Fed-
erico Fernandez s shot came off
Kamil Glik s arm from point
blank range. Higuain again con-
verted, firing into the bottom
Torino s misery was com-
pounded when halftime substi-
tute Migjen Basha was shown a
straight red card four minutes
from time after hauling down
Goran Pandev, who was clear
through on goal.
Parma has leapfrogged above
Milan into seventh.
Fiorentina moved fifth, nine
points behind Roma, after com-
ing from behind to win 2-1 at
Chievo Verona thanks to a dou-
ble from Juan Cuadrado. Chievo
slipped to bottom spot as Jose
Angel Crespo s third-minute
header helped Bologna beat fel-
low struggler Livorno 1-0 for its
first win of the season.
In another match between
two relegation candidates, new
Catania coach Luigi De Canio
steered his side to a goalless draw
at home to Sassuolo on his
10-man Roma makes
it nine on the trot
AS Roma's Adem Ljajc, centre, and Udinese's Thomas Heurtaux, vie
for the ball during the Serie A soccer match between Udinese and
Roma, at the Friuli Stadium in Udine, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BERLIN---Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann
endured a dreadful afternoon yesterday as his
three mistakes presented visitors Hamburger SV
with a 3-0 win in the Bundesliga.
Baumann misjudged a long ball from Milan
Badelj and failed to clear after emerging outside
the penalty area, allowing Maximilian Beister to
open the scoring in the 37th minute.
Two minutes after the interval, Baumann again
found himself outside the penalty area for Rafael
van der Vaart s hopeful punt forward. The goal-
keeper waited, then fumbled and Pierre-Michel
Lasogga swooped to fire into the empty net.
Baumann also spilled Beister s straightforward
shot to let Van der Vaart score in the 63rd.
"The actions didn t work out as I d imagined
they would. You have to cope with it, we re human,"
Bauman said. "My confidence isn t affected. Sure,
it s a (bad) situation but...we have to stay calm,
shouldn t go crazy."
Baumann redeemed himself somewhat with a
good save in a one-on-one with Ivo Ilicevic late
on, before both Freiburg and Hamburg players
consoled the goalkeeper after the match.
Freiburg coach Christian Streich said he d speak
with the goalkeeper on Monday.
Freiburg remains second from bottom, one of
two sides yet to win after 10 rounds of the Bun-
desliga. Hamburg climbs to 12th after two wins
and two draws since Bert van Marwijk was
appointed coach. "We deserved to win. We created
plenty of other chances to score," said Van Marwijk.
"Of course, we were lucky with the goals."
Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Eintracht
Frankfurt 4-1 later Sunday to move fourth, nine
points adrift of the top three.
Juan Arango got Gladbach off the mark with a
free kick in the 11th, only for Stefan Aigner to
equalize four minutes later when Marc-Andre ter
Stegen was fortunate that advantage was played
after a clear foul on Vaclav Kadlec.
Had referee Felix Zwayer awarded the penalty,
he would have been forced to send the goalkeeper
off, but he awarded the score after Aigner fired
home the loose ball from close range.
Oscar Wendt restored the home side s advantage
three minutes later with a fine strike inside the
near post after playing a one-two with Raffael.
Patrick Herrmann effectively decided the game,
shooting inside the bottom left corner on the hour,
and then setting-up Raffael s goal six minutes
later after a well-worked move involving Julian
Freiburg undone by
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