Saturday, 1 March 2008

Serie A Week 26: Saturday Review

Roma continued their valiant pursuit of Serie A leaders Inter with a comfortable home triumph against Parma, while Lazio held AC Milan to a draw.

Roma made good on their promise to keep the title race alive by thrashing Parma to close the gap on leaders Inter to six points. The Giallorossi, who drew against the Nerazzurri in mid-week, punished two errors by the Parma defence to take command. Alberto Aquilani scored with a first-half tap-in following a handling error by goalkeeper Luca Bucci before Giulio Falcone put the ball into his own net for Roma's second after the restart. Roma captain Francesco Totti, who made his club record breaking 388th Serie A appearance, then made it three with a stunning finish and substitute Mirko Vucinic sealed a convincing triumph late on. The victory gives the Romans a massive boost ahead of their second leg Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

AC Milan came from behind to earn a point in a 1-1 draw with 10-man Lazio at the San Siro. With his eyes firmly fixed on Tuesday's Champions League decider with Arsenal, Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti left Massimo Ambrosini and Filippo Inzaghi on the bench, while Ricardo Kaka and Andrea Pirlo were absent due to injury. Rolando Bianchi put the visitors ahead in the early in the second half, but former Biancoceleste player Massimo Oddo replied from the penalty spot just after the hour mark. The visitors had Lorenzo De Silvestri sent off for a foul on Alexandre Pato six minutes from the end, but there was no time for Milan to take advantage as they drew their second successive Serie A game and failed to move back above Fiorentina into fourth position.

[Saturday 1 Mar] - [Sunday 2 Mar]

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