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Italian Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 30,598) 4th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A De Marco

Roma Roma vs Palermo Palermo

Roma 4

F Totti (11)
D Osvaldo (31)
E Lamela (69)
M Destro (S/O 79, 79)

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Palermo 1

J Ilicic (84)

Four-star Roma beat Palermo

Last Updated: 04/11/12 11:27pm

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Erik Lamela celebrates

Erik Lamela celebrates

Roma reacted to recent criticism after suffering back-to-back defeats with a clinical 4-1 win over Palermo at the Stadio Olimpico.

Francesco Totti put the Giallorossi ahead in the 11th minute and further goals from Pablo Osvaldo, Erik Lamela and Mattia Destro sealed a comfortable three points.

Josip Ilicic grabbed a consolation after Destro was sent off, but the win was never in any doubt and could have been even greater as Roma continued to push forward.

Much has been said of Roma coach Zdenek Zeman's tactics, but one thing which cannot be denied is that he never caves in to the pressure to change his ways.

Not even successive defeats against Udinese and Parma tempted the Czech to abandon his attacking instincts, and this time, he was able to have the last laugh.

Totti headed Roma in front in the 11th minute. Samir Ujkani pushed his first header onto the post, but the ball fell back out for the Roma captain to nod in.

Osvaldo missed several chances to double their lead before capitalising on a clash between Ujkani and Palermo defender Ezequiel Munoz to slide the ball into the unguarded goal from a tight angle in the 30th minute.

Nicolas Burdisso saw his header pushed away by Ujkani as Roma threatened to run riot at the Olimpico.

Osvaldo missed the target again in the 57th minute before Panagiotis Tachtsidis made it look easy as he squared the ball for Lamela to grab his seventh goal of the season at the far post in the 69th minute.

Ten minutes later, Totti invited Destro to make it four, and the Italy under-21 international rounded Ujkani to score, but his celebrations were dampened by the referee, who showed him a second yellow card after he removed his shirt.

Roma would be denied a clean sheet, though, as Ilicic picked up the ball after Burdisso and Fabrizio Miccoli both clashed, and he curled his shot into the top corner to earn Palermo a late consolation in the 84th minute.


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Italian Serie A

Italian Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 20 49
2 Roma 20 42
3 Napoli 20 36
4 Lazio 20 34
5 Sampdoria 20 34
6 Fiorentina 20 31
7 Genoa 20 28
8 Palermo 20 27
9 Udinese 20 27
10 Inter Milan 20 26
11 AC Milan 20 26
12 Sassuolo 20 25
13 Torino 20 25
14 Verona 20 24
15 Atalanta 20 20
16 Cagliari 20 19
17 Empoli 20 19
18 Chievo 20 18
19 Cesena 20 12
20 Parma 20 10