Saturday, 9 February 2008

Serie A Week 22: Saturday Review

Roma cut Inter's lead at the top of Serie A to five points via a hard-fought 2-0 win against Reggina while Atalanta and Fiorentina shared four goals.

Roma were desperate to make amends for last week's shock 3-0 setback at Siena and made the breakthrough after 21 minutes when Christian Panucci headed Francesco Totti's cross past the Reggina goalkeeper Andrea Campagnolo. The victory was confirmed with 15 minutes remaining when Ludovic Giuly's drive rebounded into the path of Mancini and the Brazilian made no mistake to leave Reggina rooted in the bottom three. Inter can re-establish their eight-point cushion at the summit if they win at Catania on Sunday evening.

Fiorentina's hopes of securing a place in next season's Champions League suffered a setback after Zlatan Muslimovic's added-time equaliser rescued a point for Atalanta. The Viola opened the scoring through former Atalanta academy product Giampaolo Pazzini after 29 minutes, but their joy was short-lived as MuslimoviC levelled a minute later. Fiorentina regained the lead on the hour mark when Franco Semioli headed in a cross from Zdravko Kuzmanovic, but Muslimovic had the final say when he equalised for the Bergamo club just prior to the final whistle. Fiorentina are now five points clear of fifth-placed AC Milan, who have two games in hand, while Atalanta remain in seventh spot.

[Saturday 9 Feb] - [Sunday 10 Feb]

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