ROMA KEEP TI­TLE RACE ALIVE

Re­claim sec­ond spot af­ter win over Mi­lan

New Straits Times - - Sport - MI­LAN

EDIN Dzeko scored two first-half goals as AS Roma won 4-1 at AC Mi­lan on Sun­day to re­take sec­ond spot in Serie A and keep their ti­tle hopes math­e­mat­i­cally alive on an­other shock­ing day for the Mi­lanese pair.

Ear­lier, mid­fielder An­to­nio Can­dreva missed an 87th minute penalty for In­ter Mi­lan in a 1-0 de­feat at lowly Genoa, ex­tend­ing their win­less run to seven league games.

In­ter coach Ste­fano Pi­oli re­jected sug­ges­tions he could re­sign, say­ing: “I haven’t seen any­one else be­fore me do it, so I won’t.”

Palermo, who have em­ployed five dif­fer­ent coaches this sea­son, were fi­nally rel­e­gated af­ter draw­ing 1-1 at Chievo and Lazio con­tin­ued their free-scor­ing run with a re­mark­able 7-3 win over Sam­p­do­ria.

With three games each to play, Roma moved up to 78 points, seven be­hind Ju­ven­tus who were held 1-1 at home by Torino on Satur­day, and set up a mouth-wa­ter­ing clash be­tween the pair at the Sta­dio Olimpico this Sun­day.

“We had to take the bull by the horns,” Roma coach Lu­ciano Spal­letti told Me­di­aset when asked about last week’s 3-1 derby de­feat to Lazio.

“It’s not easy to come here and score four goals, but we had 90 per­fect min­utes apart from the goal that we con­ceded,” said Dzeko. “I’m per­son­ally happy be­cause I’ve worked hard all sea­son, and that’s good for my con­fi­dence. Even though the team comes first.” AFP

REUTERS pic

AC Mi­lan goal­keeper Gian­luigi Don­narumma makes a save against AS Roma at the San Siro Sta­dium on Sun­day. Roma won 4-1.

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