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AS Roma beats Palermo 2-1 to clinch second place in the Serie A

AS Roma beats Palermo 2-1 to clinch second place in the Serie A

Francesco Totti scored his 22nd goal of the season, and AS Roma beat Palermo 2-1 on Sunday to clinch second place in the Serie A.
Totti, who decided against resting a back complaint in order to improve his league-leading goal tally, scored with swerving free kick in the 17th minute.
Roma defender Marco Cassetti made it 2-0 in the 36th, before Giovanni Tedesco scored a late consolation goal for Palermo in the 86th.
"Congratulations to my players for the intelligence and professionalism they have shown," Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said. "Totti hasn't trained recently but there is no better training than playing part of a game. He's still not fully fit but he has great ability."
Totti was replaced by Mirko Vucinic in the 73rd.
With three rounds left, Roma has 72 points, 11 more than third-place Lazio, which beat Livorno 1-0. Palermo is sixth with 52 points.
Inter Milan, which won its second straight Serie A title two weeks ago, has 90 points after defeating Messina 1-0, which was relegated.
Substitute Hernan Crespo scored in the 72nd, two minutes after Inter goalkeeper Francesco Toldo saved Arturo Di Napoli's penalty kick.
No. 19 Messina has 25 points, 10 fewer than Reggina, Parma and Chievo Verona, which are tied for 15th place.
Last-place Ascoli was also relegated after losing 1-0 to Torino. Ascoli has 21 points.
AC Milan drew with Fiorentina 0-0, four days after beating Manchester United to reach the Champions League final.
Milan fielded eight starters from Wednesday's 3-0 victory at the San Siro in a bid to consolidate a top-four finish in the Italian league.
"Our performance was conditioned by fatigue from the Champions League," Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
Kaka had a headed goal disallowed in the seventh minute for shoving Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo.
"Kaka's shove on Montolivo was slight," Ancelotti said. "So, the goal was not for canceling."
Kaka also missed a penalty in the 26th when the ball hit the post.
"It raises some doubts about the penalty-takers in the Champions League," a smiling Ancelotti joked. "I am not thinking about penalties with Liverpool because we want to win before."
Milan lost the 2005 Champions League final in a penalty shootout.
Milan dropped to fourth place in the Serie A with 60 points.
Former Italy forward Christian Vieri scored his first goal of the season to help mid-table Atalanta beat Siena 3-1.
Vieri, who returned from a year of injuries three weeks ago, spun and shot from just inside Siena's half in the 65th.
"I saw the goalkeeper a bit off his line and, almost instinctively, I aimed to give the ball a good kick to surprise him. I did." Vieri said. "It is satisfying to taste the emotion of scoring after such a long time."
Also Sunday, it was: Cagliari 2, Udinese 1; Chievo Verona 1, Parma 0; Empoli 2, Catania 1; and Sampdoria 0, Reggina 0.
In the Serie B, Juventus drew with Cesena 2-2 to move six points clear at the top the standings with five games to go.