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Totti inspires Roma to Fiorentina triumph

Captain Francesco Totti hit a first-half double as AS Roma overcame ACF Fiorentina 4-2 at Stadio Olimpico to move above the Viola and city rivals S.S. Lazio into fourth place in Serie A.

Francesco Totti was in vintage form for Roma against Fiorentina
Francesco Totti was in vintage form for Roma against Fiorentina ©Getty Images

A Francesco Totti-inspired AS Roma beat ACF Fiorentina 4-2 to leapfrog the Viola and city rivals S.S. Lazio into fourth place in Serie A.

The hosts' perfect start provided by Panagiotis Tachtsidis' first goal for the club was quickly wiped out by Facundo Roncaglia. However, a double from the evergreen Totti – the first a neat finish from a flicked first touch, the second a thunderbolt from distance – ensured a 3-1 half-time lead for the Giallorossi. Mounir El Hamdaoui's header reduced the arrears immediately after the restart and Vincenzo Montella's charges threatened to equalise, but Pablo Osvaldo secured the points late on.

Atalanta BC moved eighth, one place ahead of Parma FC after goals from Germán Denis and Federico Peluso earned them a 2-1 victory against the Gialloblu, for whom Amauri was on the mark.