AS Roma’s decline continued as the 2001 Serie A champions were surprisingly beaten 2-0 at Como Calcio in tonight’s late game.
Como had not previously won a league game all season, but their shock win moved them off the bottom of the table and increased the pressure on Roma and their coach, Fabio Capello. The club from the capital stay in ninth place.
The home side had Alex Brunner to thanks for keeping them in the game in the early stages, as the Como goalkeeper produced a string of important saves in the opening 20 minutes to deny Marco Delvecchio, Vincenzo Montella and Francesco Totti. Brunner then produced his best save of the evening on the stroke of half-time, turning Totti's effort round the post with an outstretched leg.
The pattern continued after the interval, as Brunner produced a point-black stop to deny Totti again, before Como’s luck changed in the 80th minute when Roma defender Traianos Dellas weas dismissed for a second yellow card. The home team took full advantage, and late goals from Vedin Music and Benito Carbone secured a famous win.
Atalanta find form
Earlier, Atalanta BC moved further clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 2-0 win at Modena FC. The win followed Atalanta’s 2-1 defeat of Roma last week and suggested that the team are belatedly finding the form of last season, when they finished ninth in the standings.
Initially it seemed that the visitors would struggle, as the home side began promisingly and striker Diomansy Kamara shot narrowly over the bar after ten minutes. However, Atalanta came more into the game as the match wore on, and took the lead ten minutes before half-time when a mistimed clearance by Giuseppe Colucci fell to Ousmane Dabo, whose powerful shot from outside the area beat goalkeeper Marco Ballotta.
Modena coach Gianni De Biasi introduced Italian Under-21 striker Giuseppe Sculli at the beginning of the second half in a bid to bolster his attack, but the closest his side came to scoring was midfielder Omar Milanetto's 52nd-minute free kick, which struck the post.
Pinardi seals win
Both sides had further chances, but Atalanta sealed their win with five minutes remaining as midfield player Alex Pinardi held off two players before coolly beating Ballotta with a right-foot shot.