Roma vs. Cesena  5 - 1

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Serie A wrap: Totti breaks scoring record

23 January 2012 04:16

Roma captain Francesco Totti made history by breaking Gunnar Nordahl's 210-goal record with one Serie A club.

Totti, 35, struck twice in the opening minutes of Roma's 5-1 win over Cesena at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

Totti scored his 211th goal in 486 league appearances for Roma, boasting a strike every 0.43 games, as Roma went three goals ahead within eight minutes of the kick-off.

Daniele Arrigoni's men endured a day to forget as they slumped to a heavy defeat, continuing what has been an appalling run of form of late – recording five defeats in their past six games.

Totti broke his way into the record books by slotting home after just 30 seconds of the first half. Teenage winger Erik Lamela received the ball deep inside the Cesena box, classily back-heeling for Totti, who struck a venomous shot past goalkeeper Antonioli.

Lamela set up Totti's and Roma's second, lobbing a pass into Totti's path, who made it four goals in 12 games.

Roma quickly made it three within a minute of Totti’s second, as Leandro Greco crossed a pin-point delivery into Fabio Borini’s path to slot home from short range.

Cesena collected a small consolation for a poor overall performance with an equaliser from Eder.

Goals from Juan and a fine Miralem Pjanic solo effort completed the rout.

Roma move into the top five, having played a game more than Inter, who face Lazio on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Juventus overcame Atalanta 2-0 at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia to clinch the unofficial title of Serie A winter champions.

After a slew of first-half chances went begging, Stephan Lichtsteiner belatedly headed the visitors in front 10 minutes after the restart.

Substitute Emanuele Giaccherini volleyed home a well-taken second with eight minutes left to claim victory for Juventus, who provisionally move four points ahead of nearest rivals AC Milan.

The result sees Juventus move four points clear at the top, but that lead could be cut after Milan’s fixture against Novara on Sunday.

Atalanta meanwhile remain in 15th place, five points off the relegation zone.

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Enrique delighted with impressive Roma

21 January 2012 23:59

Roma coach Luis Enrique described the 5-1 mauling of Serie A rivals Cesena on Saturday as 'almost perfect'.

Despite their demolition of Daniele Arrigoni's men being overshadowed by Francesco Totti breaking Gunnar Nordahl's record for goals scored for an individual Serie A club, the 41-year-old said that his team are finally showing the type of football he has been attempting to implement at the Stadio Olimpico.

"Today's match seems to have been easy because we were almost perfect," Enrique said.

"For me, Cesena are a team that have some good qualities. We played a very high level."

"That's the football I think any coach would like - seeing the players having fun gives you more opportunities to win games."

However, Enrique said Roma would not be celebrating with the Coppa Italia quarter-final clash with Juventus looming on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Totti said becoming the all-time top goalscorer with a single Italian club is what he has always wanted.

The 35-year-old said beating the record previously held by AC Milan legend Gunnar Nordahl is an achievement that only underlines his commitment to the cause in the capital.

"I have always wanted this - always wearing the same shirt while beating record after record," Totti told Sky Sport Italia at half-time.

"In front of these fans, it's always nicer."

Totti dedicated his pair of goals to his sister, who gave birth on Thursday, and those involved in the Costa Concordia cruise liner tragedy.

"I would also like to dedicate these two goals to my sister who gave birth two days ago, and the victims of the Costa Concordia," he said.

The World Cup winner's record now stands at 211 goals in 486 Serie A appearances for Roma, who now climb to sixth in the table.

Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +48 84
2 38 +41 80
3 38 +17 64
4 38 +9 62
5 38 +20 61
6 38 +3 58
7 38 +6 56
8 38 +1 56
9 38 -2 51
10 38 -10 49
11 38 -5 48
12 38 -2 46
13 38 -6 46
14 38 +0 44
15 38 -9 43
16 38 -10 43
17 38 -19 42
18 38 -16 36
19 38 -30 32
20 38 -36 22