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VINCENZO MONTELLA answered the critics with a brace of goals, as Roma came from behind before defeating Internazionale 3-2 on Sunday evening.

Montella has been criticised in recent weeks, but was told by coach Fabio Capello that he could step into the boots of Gabriel Batistuta, and he responded with a double strike, the second late in the game to seal the win.

Inter also appeared intent on proving the doubters wrong and Christian Vieri, who has also been questioned since returning from long-term injury, gave them the perfect start when he volleyed home on seven minutes.

The celebrations were short-lived, however, as Marcos Dos Santos Assuncao levelled matters within 60 seconds, firing home a low free-kick.

Assuncao was then on hand to create Montella`s first, as his shot hit the woodwork and the forward nodded home the rebound

Moments before the break, Inter levelled matters when Vieri slotted home his second of the match.

The game appeared to be moving towards a draw when Montella popped up on 87 minutes to send the Stadio Olimpico crowd into raptures with his late headed winner.

The game boiled over following Montella`s winning, goal, as Bruno Cirillo was dismissed for a second bookable offence.