Totti's Late Goals Take Italian Title Race to Last Day as Roma, Inter Win
Francesco Totti scored two late goals as Roma beat Cagliari 2-1 to ensure Italy’s Serie A soccer title will be decided on the final day of the season.
Inter Milan maintained its two-point lead at the top yesterday with a 4-3 win over Chievo. Inter led 4-1 before goals by Pablo Granoche and Sergio Pellissier made it 4-3 at the San Siro. Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Milito and Mario Balotelli scored for Inter after an own goal by Chievo’s Andrea Mantovani.
Jose Mourinho’s Inter, which beat Roma in the Italian Cup final five days ago, can seal its fifth straight league title with a victory at Siena on May 16, when Roma hosts Chievo.
“Now we have a final in Siena,” Milito told Inter’s website. “We need to be at our best.”
Roma captain Totti, who was red-carded in the Cup final, took the title race to the final round of games with goals in the 79th and 83rd minutes, the second coming from the penalty spot. Andrea Lazzari’s free kick had given Cagliari the lead.
The Spanish championship will also go to the final games after Barcelona held on for a 3-2 win at Sevilla two days ago and Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 5-1. Barcelona leads its archrival by a point.
Arjen Robben scored two goals as Bayern Munich beat last- place Hertha Berlin 3-1 on the league season’s final day to seal its 22nd German championship.
Marseille, which already clinched the French title, two days ago lost 3-2 at second-place Lille, which moved two points ahead of Auxerre with one game left. FC Twente wrapped up the Dutch title a week ago.
WEEKEND MATCHES ===============
Italy: Bologna 1-1 Catania; Fiorentina 1-1 Siena; Genoa 1-0 AC Milan; Inter Milan 4-3 Chievo; Juventus 2-3 Parma; Livorno 1-2 Lazio; Napoli 2-0 Atalanta; Palermo 1-1 Sampdoria; Roma 2-1 Cagliari; Udinese 3-3 Bari.
Spain: Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Mallorca; Espanyol 2-1 Osasuna; Getafe 2-1 Malaga; Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao; Sevilla 2-3 Barcelona; Sporting Gijon 1-1 Atletico Madrid; Tenerife 2-2 Almeria; Valladolid 2-1 Racing Santander; Villarreal 2-0 Valencia; Xerez 3-2 Real Zaragoza.
Germany: Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen; Hertha Berlin 1-3 Bayern Munich; Mainz 0-0 Schalke; Nuremberg 1-0 Cologne; Freiburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund; Hoffenheim 1-1 Stuttgart; Bochum 0-3 Hannover; Werder Bremen 1-1 Hamburg; Wolfsburg 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt.
France: Auxerre 0-0 Lens; Bordeaux 2-0 Sochaux; Grenoble 2-0 Boulogne; Le Mans 1-0 PSG; Lille 3-2 Marseille; Monaco 2-1 Nancy; Montpellier 2-1 Lorient; Rennes 2-2 Nice; St. Etienne 0-1 Toulouse; Valenciennes 2-2 Lyon.