Italian Serie A Roundup, Feb. 13

Matteo Brighi scored twice and created another to help AS Roma to a

4-1 win over Palermo on Saturday that takes it back to second

place.

Julio Baptista and John Arne Riise scored Roma’s other two

goals, while Fabio Miccoli scored a penalty for Palermo late in the

game.

In the other match Sampdoria scored twice in the first half

to beat Fiorentina 2-0 with goals from ex-Fiorentina players Franco

Semioli and Giampaolo Pazzini.

Roma is now up to second on 47 points, six behind league

leader Inter Milan, which was playing Napoli on Sunday.

Sampdoria’s win moves it up to fifth on 39 points, with

Palermo slipping to sixth. Fiorentina remains 11th.

“We are going well at the moment and hopefully we can go as

far as we possibly can,” Brighi said. “This evening was tricky and

we had to work hard, but we won and played well.

“Tomorrow we shall be supporting Napoli,” he said. “We know

we are behind and we know that Inter is a strong team and that we

need Inter to drop points. We did what we had to do and now we

shall see what they do.”

After a slow opening 30 minutes Roma grabbed the lead in the

33rd. Francesco Totti picked out Brighi with a corner and his

volley took a deflection off Palermo defender Cesare Bovo on the

way past Salvatore Sirigu.

Palermo hit back immediately and Roma keeper Julio Sergio

twice kept out shots from Edinson Cavani.

Roma doubled its lead in the 53rd. Palermo’s defense was

unable to clear and Brighi backheeled the ball along the line for

Baptista to hit into the empty net.

Nine minutes later Roma scored its third. Again Palermo’s

defense was unable to clear and Brighi took one touch and fired a

low shot in to the corner of the goal.

Miccoli scored a penalty in the 80th after Taddei brought

down Javier Pastore, but Riise added Roma’s fourth three minutes

later.

Sampdoria took the lead in the 16th. Nicola Pozzi’s header

hit the bar, but Semioli reacted quickest and sent a looping header

over Fiorentina custodian Sebastien Frey.

Five minutes later Semioli nearly doubled his tally, but Frey

pushed his low shot away for a corner.

In the 40th Pazzini scored the second. Reto Ziegler curled

over a freekick and the Italy striker rose highest to head in.

After halftime both sides struggled to find any rhythm, but

Sampdoria managed to hold on to take the points. For Fiorentina it

continues a worrying run of one point from its last five matches,

ahead of its game against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on

Wednesday.