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MILAN---Roma failed to equal
the European club record of 11
straight league victories to start
the season as a goal from former
player Alessio Cerci saw it held
to a 1-1 draw at Torino in Serie
A yesterday for its first dropped
points of the campaign.
Rudi Garcia s side had already
set a Serie A record by winning its
opening ten matches but was look-
ing to equal the best start in any
of the top five European leagues,
set by English club Tottenham in
Roma moved three points above
Juventus and Napoli, who play
each other next week. Inter Milan
and newly-promoted Hellas Verona
are nine points behind after earlier
wins against Udinese and Cagliari
Elsewhere, teenage forward
Domenico Berardi scored a hat-
trick to help Sassuolo beat ten-
man Sampdoria 4-3, while Lazio
fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat at home
Roma took the lead in the 28th
minute. Federico Balzaretti found
Miralem Pjanic on the left side of
the area and he cut it back for
Kevin Strootman to volley home.
Torino levelled shortly after the
hour mark when Riccardo Meg-
giorini robbed the ball off Mehdi
Benatia and crossed for Cerci to
sidefoot in from close range.
It was only the second goal
Roma had conceded all season and
its first in 743 minutes of football.
Meggiorini had gone close to
the equalider minutes earlier with
a stunning strike which Roma
goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis had
to dive at full stretch to save.
Earlier, Inter recorded a dom-
inant 3-0 victory at Udinese. Pala-
cio broke the deadlock in the 25th
minute when he headed in Saphir
Taider s free kick.
And it got worse for Udinese
four minutes later when Zeljko
Brkic completely mistimed his exit
and flapped haplessly at Esteban
Cambiasso s corner, allowing
Andrea Ranocchia to volley in at
the far post.
Fredy Guarin hit the post in the
second half before Ricardo Alvarez
added a third in stoppage time,
slotting Palacio s cross into an
Verona also dominated on its
way to a sixth successive home
victory, winning 2-1 against
Cagliari, which has now lost three
In the lunchtime kickoff, Livorno
beat ten-man Atalanta 1-0 to earn
its first win in eight matches. (AP)
MADRID---Diego Costa and David
Villa delivered again for Atletico
Madrid, whose Spanish league title
charge continued to gain strength
yesterday with a 2-0 victory over
Villa enjoyed Atletico s best oppor-
tunities at the Vicente Calderon Sta-
dium and put the hosts ahead after 32
minutes by volleying Juanfran s head-
ed-on cross through the crowded area
Nine minutes later, Koke delivered
a perfect ball to Costa, who the cut
back to dribble around Erik Moran and
fire a low shot beyond goalkeeper
Gorka Iraizoz for his joint league-lead-
ing 13th goal of the season.
Bilbao rarely threatened and was
reduced to ten men in the 81st when
Moran was shown a second yellow.
"The team showed great rhythm
right from the start and from the first
15 minutes on we dominated the game,"
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.
Atletico s 11th win in 12 rounds left
it one point behind leader Barcelona,
which has 34 points following its 1-
0 win over Espanyol on Friday. Real
Madrid, which beat Rayo Vallecano 3-
2 on Saturday, is third in the standings
with 28 points.
Also yesterday, Valencia lifted some
of the pressure of coach Miroslav Dju-
kic with its first win in five rounds, a
1-0 victory at Getafe. Granada scored
in stoppage time for a 1-0 win at Lev-
ante, while Malaga also needed an
injury time winner from a late sub-
stitute to beat Real Betis 3-2.
Costa, the Brazilian-born, naturalised
Spaniard, has spearheaded Atletico s
title credentials so far this season. But
it was captain Gabi who first tested
Iraizoz in the 18th, and the Basque
goalie made an outstanding reaction
save to a low drive.
Costa then showed how dangerous
he is when given space in front of goal
as he moved freely down the left side
to poke a shot past Iraizoz, but also
beyond the far post.
Athletic is fifth with 20 points, one
more than Getafe. Levante is on 17
points, while crosstown club Valencia
has 16. (AP)
PARIS---Nolan Roux scored twice
as Lille beat Monaco 2-0 yesterday
to leapfrog its opponent into second
place in the French league.
Roux scored from close range in
the 27th minute before finishing off
a counterattack in the 72nd.
Lille kept a seventh straight clean
sheet in the league while Monaco lost
a second straight match after a 1-0
defeat at Reims in the third round of
the League Cup on Wednesday.
Also yesterday, Nantes drew 1-1 at
Montpellier to consolidate fourth place
and Nice suffered its first home defeat
by losing 2-1 to Bordeaux. (AP)
Roma drops 1st points
in 1-1 draw at Torino
Roux brace leads Lille past Monaco
Costa, Villa, fire Atletico
past Athletic Bilbao 2-0
AS Roma's Kevin Strootman, right, challenges for the ball with FC
Torino defender Matteo Darmian during a Serie A soccer match at
Turin's Olympic stadium, Italy, yesterday. The match tied 1-1. AP PHOTO
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