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Totti scores twice to lead AS Roma over Sampdoria 2-0

Totti scores twice to lead AS Roma over Sampdoria 2-0

Francesco Totti scored twice Saturday to help AS Roma beat 10-man Sampdoria 2-0 in the Serie A and move four points behind league leader Inter Milan.
Totti converted a penalty kick in the 18th minute and tapped in Marco Cassetti's goal-mouth assist in the 90th. It was Totti's first domestic game in more than a month following a right foot injury.
Inter Milan leads Serie A with 40 points, followed by Roma with 36, Juventus with 32 and Udinese with 28. Sampdoria has 21 points, while Genoa has 19 and Parma 18.
Inter can restore its seven-point lead if it beats city rival AC Milan in the round's major match on Sunday.
Roma was awarded a penalty after Sampdoria defender Stefano Lucchini tangled with Roma's Matteo Ferrari in the area.
Sampdoria captain Sergio Volpi was sent off in the 57th for his second yellow card.
Lucchini and Roma midfielder Cassetti were also cautioned for fouls and will miss the the next league round for accumulated cards. Roma next plays at Atalanta on Jan. 13, while Sampdoria hosts Palermo.
Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano missed the trip to his former club Roma because of suspension.
Earlier, Marco Borriello scored with a 43rd-minute penalty to lead Genoa over Parma 1-0 for its first win in the league since October.
Borriello was awarded the spot kick after being pulled off balance in the area by Parma defender Massimo Paci.
The striker might have had another goal in the 34th but was denied from close range by Parma goalkeeper Luca Bucci.
Genoa midfielder Matteo Paro was taken to hospital with an eye injury, after being accidentally hit in the face by a teammate while celebrating Borriello's goal.
It was Genoa's first win in 10 rounds since beating Cagliari 2-0 on Oct. 7. For Parma, it was the seventh loss of the season ahead of the Italian league's three-week winter break.
In other games Sunday, it's: Fiorentina vs. Cagliari; Juventus vs. Siena; Livorno vs. Atalanta; Napoli vs. Torino; Palermo vs. Lazio; Reggina vs. Catania; and Udinese vs. Empoli.


Updated : 2021-01-23 15:39 GMT+08:00