Saturday, 26 January 2008

Serie A Week 20: Saturday Review

One goal was enough for Roma as they defeated Palermo 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night to close the gap on Serie A leaders Inter to four points. Earlier, Sampdoria won 1-0 at home to Siena to move up to sixth.

Alessandro Mancini's second-half header fired title-chasing Roma to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Palermo. Mancini grabbed the only goal shortly after the hour mark and just after Palermo defender Leandro Rinaudo had been sent-off. That was all the Giallorossi needed to close the gap on leaders Inter to four points. The Nerazzurri are in action on Sunday at Udinese. Before the game, Francesco Totti, who returned having missed the last two matches with flu, was honoured by the fans after scoring his 200th goal in Giallorossi colours.

Sampdoria jumped above Atalanta and into a UEFA Cup spot after sweating their way to a 1-0 win over Siena. Despite the visitors' overall supremacy, a goal from Antonio Cassano in the 44th minute was enough to earn a fortunate three points for Walter Mazzarri's men. It also ensured a double over Siena, following Samp's 2-1 win on the opening day of the season. But the Tuscan side will feel a little hard done by after playing well in Genoa, but coming away with a defeat leaves them on the brink of the bottom three - into which they could drop on Sunday.

[Saturday 26 Jan] - [Sunday 27 Jan]

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