Roma beats Cagliari to move into Serie A top 4
MILAN (AP) — Roma moved into the Champions League qualifying places after seeing off Cagliari 3-0 in Serie A on Saturday.
The capital side was 2-0 up within eight minutes thanks to Federico Fazio and Javier Pastore. Aleksandar Kolarov added a third late on in Roma’s best performance since Claudio Ranieri was appointed as interim coach last month.
“I would love to see him on the Roma bench, but I don’t know anything: I would be the last to know,” Ranieri said with a smile. “I would be super happy if Conte came in. I would go and collect him from the airport.”
Cristiano Ronaldo boosted his chances of winning the top scorer award as he helped Juventus salvage a 1-1 draw at Inter Milan.
Juventus clinched a record-extending eighth successive league title last weekend and came into the Derby d’Italia without several regulars.
Radja Nainggolan gave Inter an early lead in an entertaining match with a stunning 30-yard volley.
Ronaldo leveled in the second half after a one-two with Miralem Pjanic.
Inter remained third, four points above Roma.
Bologna took a crucial step to avoiding relegation by beating fellow struggler Empoli 3-1.
Empoli remained in the relegation zone, four points from safety, while Bologna moved eight points above the bottom three.
There were four rounds remaining.