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ROME---Mattia Destro came off the
bench and scored the winner in his first
appearance of the season as unbeaten
Roma ended a streak of four draws with
a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina in Serie A
The win moved Roma back within three
points of Italian league leader Juventus,
which beat Bologna 2-0 Friday.
"We're following our own road and we're
never going to stop fighting," Destro said.
"We realize we're a great squad."
Right back Maicon put Roma ahead from
close range seven minutes in at the Stadio
Olimpico after being set up by Gervinho.
Juan Vargas equalised for Fiorentina in
the 29th with a powerful shot after Nenad
Tomovic carried the ball deep into the area.
Destro's winner came in the 68th after
he also was set up by Gervinho in the area.
Among Europe's major leagues, only
Roma and Bayern Munich remain unbeat-
en.Roma visits Juventus in January imme-
diately after the winter break.
Destro, a forward who has also played
for Italy, had his left knee operated on in
January and played sporadically at the end
of last season then took more time off after
experiencing further pain and swelling.
"I couldn't take it anymore being out,"
said Destro, who ran toward Roma's bench
after scoring and was shown a yellow card
for taking his shirt off to celebrate. "Now
all of that is behind me."
Two minutes after Destro's goal, Roma
goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis preserved
the lead by leaping to tip away a dangerous
free kick from Fiorentina captain Manuel
Pasqual in the 70th.
Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman had
hit the post in the 62nd.
Roma played the final two minutes with
10 men after Miralem Pjanic picked up his
second yellow card.
Roma opened the season with a record
10 wins but had struggled in recent matches
without its 37-year-old captain Francesco
Totti, who was on the bench for the first
time Sunday after being out since October
with an injured right hamstring.
Fiorentina remained level fifth with Inter
Milan, which hosts Parma later.
In other matches, it was: Cagliari 2,
Genoa 1; Sampdoria 2, Catania 0; Sassuolo
0, Chievo Verona 1; Torino 1, Lazio 0; Hellas
Verona 2, Atalanta 1.
BERLIN---Wolfsburg inflicted a 3-0 defeat on
relegation-threatened Freiburg to go fifth in the
Maximilian Arnold put the visitors ahead in
the eighth minute, when the stationary Fallou
Diagne allowed him to guide Patrick Ochs' cross
beyond the helpless Freiburg goalkeeper, and Ivica
Olic doubled the lead three minutes later after
Luiz Gustavo did well to set him up.
"When you start a game like that you have no
chance against a team like Wolfsburg," Freiburg
coach Christian Streich said.
Olic should have scored again a minute later
only to stumble with Freiburg's defense absent
and the goal at his mercy, and the Croatian pulled
another great chance narrowly wide in the 23rd.
Gelson Fernandes had a goal ruled offside for
Freiburg, but TV replays showed it was the wrong
call. The ball came off a defender before Admir
Mehmedi crossed for the Swiss midfielder.
Freiburg improved after the break, though suf-
fered a blow in the 49th when Francis Coquelin
went off in considerable pain with a left ankle
Matthias Ginter came agonizingly close to
pulling one back with over 20 minutes remaining
when he could only deflect Sebastian Kerk's cross
over the unguarded net.
"It's very annoying," Ginter said. "We had one
or two chances in the second half. If we had made
it 2-1 it would have been close. But the lapses in
concentration cost us dearly."
Marcel Schaefer scored in injury time on a
counterattack to ensure an afternoon to forget
for the home supporters.
BORDEAUX---Bordeaux earned a third
straight win by defeating second-place
Lille 1-0 yesterday in the French league to
get back in the race for a European spot.
Bordeaux midfielder Landry N'Guemo
fired a long-range strike in the 27th minute
that deflected off Lille defender Simon Kjaer
to beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who
had not conceded a goal in his previous 11
Lille lost ground in the title race, trailing
leader Paris Saint-Germain by four points,
while Bordeaux went level on points with
"We were not at the races this afternoon,"
Lille midfielder Rio Mavuba told BeIn Sport
television. "We were beaten in our heads.
They showed more desire than us."
The hosts dominated the first half and
could have reached the break with a bigger
lead, but Bordeaux striker Jussie flicked a
low cross from Mariano over the bar in the
fifth minute and Enyeama denied playmaker
Ludovic Obraniak in the 37th and 40th.
Bordeaux went down to ten men in the
58th when defender Maxime Poundje was
sent off for clattering into Lille fullback
A resilient Bordeaux side managed to pro-
tect its slim lead thanks to N'Guemo clearing
a bicycle kick from Lille leftback Pape Souare
off the line in the 84th.
"We've missed that solidarity to make
the difference in some games," Bordeaux
goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso said. "There's
a state of mind which is emerging. We must
try to keep it."
On Saturday, it was: Paris Saint-Germain
5, Sochaux 0; Reims 1, Nice 0; Lorient 2,
Rennes 0; and Valenciennes 1, Guingamp
1. The match between Saint-Etienne and
Evian was postponed because of a frozen
Marseille coach Elie Baup was dismissed
Saturday after the 2010 champion lost 1-
0 to Nantes the day before. Baup was
replaced by sporting director Jose Anigo
who will be in charge until the winter break.
BARCELONA---Odion Ighalo scored two goals to
guide Granada to a 2-0 win at second-division
Alcorcon yesterday, giving the topflight side a com-
manding lead in its Copa del Rey tie.
Also in the round of 32, seven-time winner Valencia
was held to a 0-0 draw at third-division Nastic Tar-
ragona, while Almeria struck three times in 11 first-
half minutes to earn a commanding 3-1 victory at
second-tier Las Palmas.
Ighalo headed in Fran Rico's free kick to open the
scoring on the half-hour mark, and the Nigerian
striker added a second goal in the 81st minute after
expertly wrong-footing his marker on the break.
Alcorcon striker Francisco Peral wasted the hosts'
best chance in the 71st when he sent the ball off the
crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box.
Other than those few scoring opportunities, the
match was a scrappy, defensive struggle at the Santo
Domingo Stadium where in 2009 the unknown Alcor-
con humiliated Real Madrid 4-0 in the cup compe-
tition while in the third division.
Valencia will miss Brazilian striker Jonas for the
return leg against Nastic after he was dismissed with
a second booking in the 87th.
Almeria striker Oscar Diaz scored two goals to lead
its big win in the Canary Islands.
Diaz controlled a cross by Raul Garcia behind Las
Palmas' passive defense to open in the 16th.
Almeria's Aleix Vidal pounced on a poor back pass
by Las Palmas to make it 2-0 in the 22nd, and four
minutes later Diaz converted a penalty kick when
Ramon Azeez was fouled in the area.
Nauzet Aleman pulled one back for Las Palmas in
the 74th before seeing a direct red card in the 81st,
meaning he too will miss the second leg.
The return legs will be in two weeks' time.
Roma stays near top
after edging Fiorentina Wolfsburg beats
Freiburg to go
5th in Bundesliga
Bordeaux does the trick in French league
AS Roma defender Dodo' of Brazil, right, and Fiorentina midfielder Juan Cuadrado, of Colombia, fight for the ball during a Serie A soccer
match between AS Roma and Fiorentina, at Rome's Olympic Stadium, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Ighalo nets two in
Granada's win at
Alcorcon in Copa
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