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Totti scores in Roma's 4-0 defeat of Parma

Totti scores in Roma's 4-0 defeat of Parma

Francesco Totti scored his second goal in as many games and helped AS Roma to a 4-0 victory over Parma that moved it within six points of league leader Inter Milan.
After feeding numerous passes to his teammates, Totti tallied in the 80th minute on a shot from just outside the area to give Roma a 3-0 lead. Alberto Aquilani put Roma ahead in the 27th minute, tapping in a rebound that Parma goalkeeper Luca Bucci failed to clear.
Parma defender Giulio Falcone knocked in an own-goal in the 51st and Mirko Vucinic, who came on with 15 minutes left in the game, scored in injury time.
The win gives Roma 55 points. Inter travels to face Napoli on Sunday and can restore a nine-point advantage with a victory. The two teams drew 1-1 Wednesday in a midweek league game that Roma was winning on Totti's first-half goal until Inter captain Javier Zanetti scored in the 88th.
"What we can do is play our best and hope that Inter stumbles," Totti said.
In Saturday's other game, AC Milan drew 1-1 at home against Lazio. Milan is one point behind fourth-place Fiorentina and the last European Champions League berth.
Sunday, third-place Juventus hosts Fiorentina. Juventus has 48 points and Fiorentina 44.
Parma, which has won only one of its last 34 away matches, rarely threatened to score at the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma has not given up a goal in its last ten league games dating back to early December.
Totti's goal was his 12th of the season putting him four behind league leader Marco Borriello of Genoa.
Roma will play Real Madrid on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League's first knockout round. Roma took the first leg at home 2-1.
"We need to play the type of game we are capable of and if we concentrate as we are doing right now we will be able to hold our own against Real Madrid," said Totti.
At Milan's San Siro stadium Rolando Bianchi put Lazio in front in the 54th, but the lead lasted only 12 minutes with Rossonero defender Massimo Oddo converting a penalty in the 66th.
Milan attacker Kaka sat out the match with a sore knee though he is expected to be available for Milan's Champions League match Tuesday against Arsenal.
Clarence Seedorf left in the 37th with a muscle cramp, but he too is expected to be available for the Arsenal game.
Teenager Alberto Paloschi replaced Seedorf, joining fellow teenager Alexandre Pato and Alberto Gilardino in attack.
After a goalless first half with no good chances for either side, Milan keeper Zeljko Kalac kept the game deadlocked with spectacular saves on shots by Lazio attackers Tommaso Rocchi and Goran Pandev.
Lazio played the last six minutes with 10 men down after Lorenzo De Silvestri received a red card for a hard foul on Pato.
In Sunday's other games, Cagliari will host Genoa as it tries to rebound from a three-point penalty in the standings.
The Italian soccer federation on Friday penalized Cagliari for suing a former player for defamation after he criticized the club in a newspaper interview. Cagliari has said it will appeal the federation's decision.
Cagliari already was last in last place, and was reduced to 15 points, 10 away from avoiding relegation.
Other games Sunday have Empoli vs. Siena, Livorno vs. Catania, Reggina vs. Palermo, Sampdoria vs. Torino, and Udinese vs. Atalanta.


Updated : 2021-06-24 23:33 GMT+08:00