Roma became the first team to win its opening 10 games in Italian soccer’s Serie A as Marco Borriello’s header secured a 1-0 victory over last-place Chievo.
Borriello scored his first league goal since May 2011 last night to restore Roma’s five-point lead atop the standings over Napoli and Juventus, who both won two days ago.
Roma, which has scored 24 goals and allowed one in taking a perfect 30 points from 10 games, had matched the nine wins in a row to start a campaign set in 2005-06 by Juventus. The Turin-based club was later stripped of that championship and the previous season’s for its role in a match-fixing scandal.
Midfielder Alessandro Florenzi set up Roma’s goal in the 67th minute after coming on as a substitute. His volleyed center from the left was headed in by Borriello from six yards.
In Spain, Diego Costa and David Villa each scored with a penalty kick as Atletico Madrid won 2-1 at Granada to move back to within a point of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.
Brazil-born Costa, who this week declared his intention to play for the Spanish national team, opened the scoring from the spot for his league-leading 12th goal of the season. Villa made it 2-0 with 12 minutes remaining before Odion Ighalo pulled a goal back for Granada.
Defending champion Barcelona, which has 31 points from 11 games, hosts city rival Espanyol today.