MILAN: Two superb goals from Francesco Totti inspired AS Roma to an impressive 5-0 win over Brescia in Serie A yesterday as the top clubs maintained their positive starts to the season.
Inter Milan were less impressive but also picked up their second straight win, an own goal from Leandro Cufre enough to give them a 1-0 win at promoted Siena.
On Saturday, AC Milan and Lazio also kept up their winning starts with 2-1 wins over Bologna and Sampdoria.
Champions Juventus faced Chievo later yesterday.
Totti, returning to action after missing Italy’s European Championship qualifiers last week, was in outstanding form for Fabio Capello’s Roma, who already look a much more impressive outfit from the side that struggled last season.
It was Totti who began the move that put them ahead in the 11th minute when he fed Antonio Cassano, who picked out Montella, the bearded striker making no mistake with a clinical finish.
Roma doubled their lead five minutes later with an unstoppable free-kick from Romanian defender Cristian Chivu, making his first appearance after completing a protracted transfer from Ajax Amsterdam.
Totti made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute with a low drive after a smart exchange with Cassano as Roma took full advantage of a woeful Brescia back line.
But it was Totti’s second, 13 minutes into the second half, that really had the fans at the Olympic Stadium on their feet.
Picking up the ball outside the Brescia area, he spotted Brescia keeper Luca Castellazzi off his line and beat him with a sublime chip.
Norwegian striker John Carew, a recent signing from Valencia, also made his mark on his debut with an 89th minute penalty to complete the rout.
Inter, without injured striker Christian Vieri, made hard work of their win at Siena and can count themselves lucky.
Hector Cuper’s side went ahead on the half hour when Marco Materazzi’s header from an Andy van der Meyde cross was headed in by Siena’s Brazilian defender Leandro Cufre.
Inter were solid and well-organised but lacked the creative spark needed to break down Siena’s well-organised defence.
The Tuscan side, playing their first ever home game in the top flight, almost stole a point in the final minutes when former Torino defender Daniele Delli Carri headed against the bar from close range.
Parma enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Perugia with goals from Mark Bresciano, Adriano (penalty) and Alberto Gilardino.
On Saturday, European champions Milan needed a late strike from in-form Filippo Inzaghi to beat Bologna 2-1 at the San Siro Stadium while the Italy striker’s brother Simone was on target in Lazio’s 2-1 win at promoted Sampdoria.
Filippo Inzaghi’s late winner even drew praise from AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“Inzaghi did really well for us, it was very difficult to put that away and he did so well,” Ancelotti told Italy’s Sky Sport.
“We deserved the win even if I have to say that we suffered quite a bit. Bologna defended well and perhaps we aren’t designed some much for games like this.” – Agencies