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Italy round-up: Totti strike ensures Roma victory

Published: Thursday 7 November 2002, 0.50CET
Francesco Totti's goal earned AS Roma three points as the top seven all won in a full programme of Serie A action.

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Published: Thursday 7 November 2002, 0.50CET

Italy round-up: Totti strike ensures Roma victory

Francesco Totti's goal earned AS Roma three points as the top seven all won in a full programme of Serie A action.

Francesco Totti's second-half goal earned AS Roma a vital three points as the top seven all won in a full programme of Serie A action tonight.

Inter stay top
Totti's strike gave Roma a 2-1 victory against newcomers Como Calcio, while leaders Internazionale FC earned a thrilling 4-3 win against Empoli FC. Rivals AC Milan had to wait to beat Udinese Calcio and Juventus FC also had a late winner to thank for a triumph at Piacenza FC.

Totti makes sure
Roma took the lead against Como courtesy of Marco Delvecchio's first-half strike. Captain Totti made sure just after the restart for the second half, his strike proving important as Denis Godeas pulled one back for the visitors.

Key men rested
Despite resting Christian Vieri and Fabio Cannavaro, Inter maintained their three-point advantage over Milan after winning their third match in a row 4-3. The Milan-based side scored two goals in the first ten minutes of the game through Argentinians Hernán Crespo and Javier Zanetti. In-form Uruguayan international Alvaro Recoba scored the third and defender Daniele Adani the fourth in the second half. Antonio Di Natale, Igli Vannucchi and Francesco Tavano scored the goals for the home side.

Woe for Sensini
At the San Siro, Milan just about saw off Udinese with the Rossoneri having to suffer until the last minutes of the game to gain the three points. Nestor Sensini deflected a Rivaldo free-kick into his own net with just two minutes left. Filippo Inzaghi could then have increased the lead but missed a penalty in the last minute of the game.

Nedved leaves it late
Juventus are still third after substitute Pavel Nedved scored with 20  minutes left against Piacenza. The Bianconeri were lucky to win the match as former midfield player Enzo Maresca hit a post in the first half.

Lazio on the up
A deflected shot from Stefano Fiore and goals by Dejan Stankovic and Bernardo Corradi secured S.S. Lazio a 3-0 victory over struggling Reggina Calcio, their fourth straight win on the road. Roberto Mancini's team are fourth, five points behind Inter. AC Chievo Verona won their third match in a row 3-0 at the Bentegodi Stadium over AC Perugia. The Verona-based side are currently in fifth place, the same position they ended their sensational first year in the top flight last season.

Baggio double
Roberto Baggio scored two goals but it was not enough to stop Brescia Calcio falling to a thrilling 4-3 defeat against AC Parma. Stefan Appiah scored the other goal for Brescia as the visitors took the lead three times during the match, but defender Matteo Ferrari, Adrian Mutu, Emiliano Bonazzoli and Alberto Gilardino scored for the home side.

Ulivieri happy
Against his former club Bologna FC, Renzo Ulivieri won his first match since being appointed as Torino Calcio coach with a 2-1 success. Finally, Atalanta BC remain rooted to last place after their 3-1 home defeat by high-flying newly promoted Modena FC.

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