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Inter thrashes Catania 5-2 for 17th straight Serie A win; Roma beats Reggina 3-0

Inter thrashes Catania 5-2 for 17th straight Serie A win; Roma beats Reggina 3-0

Inter Milan won its 17th straight game in the Serie A on Sunday, beating Catania 5-2.
Walter Samuel scored the first goal for Inter with a header in the 45th minute. Santiago Solari, Fabio Grosso, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Ricardo Cruz all added goals after the break.
Gionatha Spinesi and Giorgio Corona scored for Catania in the second half.
"The season isn't over yet," Cruz said. "We have a big lead but there are still many games to play."
Inter leads the Serie A with 66 points. Second-place AS Roma, which has 52 points, beat Reggina 3-0 with goals from Francesco Tavano, Philippe Mexes and Christian Panucci.
"What I like about this Roma is our collective spirit," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said. "Today we displayed great professionalism."
Palermo, which is third with 44 points, drew 1-1 with Atalanta on Saturday.
Massimo Ambrosini headed in a 90th-minute winner to help AC Milan beat Sampdoria 1-0 at San Siro, where both teams played with 10 men.
Massimo Oddo was sent off after 10 minutes for an innocuous-looking tackle on Sampdoria striker Emiliano Bonazzoli. Sampdoria was reduced to 10 men in the 39th when defender Giulio Falcone received his second yellow card.
"It was really important for our season that we won," Ambrosini said. "It was a difficult game ... but we have always believed in ourselves."
Milan, which started the season with an eight-point penalty from the Italian match-fixing scandal, is in fifth place with 36 points _ eight more than Sampdoria.
Also Sunday, it was: Cagliari 0, Lazio 2; Fiorentina 2, Empoli 0; Livorno 0, Ascoli 0; Messina 1, Siena 0; and Udinese 3, Parma 3.
Inter, which drew 2-2 with Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday, dominated Catania. Ibrahimovic went close on two occasions before Samuel headed in just before the break.
"The match wasn't that easy," Inter coach Roberto Mancini said. "We only just missed on several occasions in the first half, and we scored in the 45th minute. Everything was much easier after Solari's goal."
Solari added a second in the 49th from the edge of the area for his first league goal of the season. Cruz hit the crossbar a minute later.
Grosso made it 3-0 in the 57th with a chip from the left-hand side of the penalty box.
"Grosso's goal was fantastic," Mancini said. "I didn't ask him if he intended to cross or score but the important thing is that it went in."
Grosso started in midfield in the absence of Patrick Vieira and Esteban Cambiasso _ both injured _ and Olivier Dacourt, who was suspended.
Spinesi got behind Inter's defense to beat goalkeeper Julio Cesar in the 65th but Ibrahimovic tapped in two minutes later to make it 4-1.
"Until Spinesi's goal, I'd say we were perfect," Mancini said.
Corona scored in the 74th before Cruz completed the rout in the 77th, latching onto Maicon's cross from midfield.
Spinesi was sent off in the 88th for his second yellow card.
The game took place behind closed doors at Cesena's Dino Manuzzi stadium. A sports court shut down Catania's Angelo Massimino stadium last week and ordered the Sicilian team to play the remainder of its home games in neutral and empty venues following the Feb. 2 killing of a policeman in rioting at its game against Palermo.
Roma was unlucky not to win by more than three goals.
Midfielder David Pizarro hit the post in the 10th and went close on three other occasions in the first half. Francesco Totti could not beat Reggina goalkeeper Andrea Compagnolo with a free kick in the 37th minute, nor from the penalty spot in the 85th.
It was Totti's sixth penalty miss of the season.
"I'm not worried about (Totti's) error," Spalletti said. "He'll take the next (penalty)."
Tavano struck from close range in the 55th for his first goal since moving on loan from Valencia in January, and became the 15th different player to score for Roma this season.
Mexes headed in 10 minutes later, and Panucci added the third in the 90th.


Updated : 2021-10-28 03:59 GMT+08:00