Roma vs. Internazionale  4 - 0

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Roma a class above, says Cambiasso

6 February 2012 17:03

Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has conceded that his side were no match for Roma in Sunday's Serie A contest.

Inter coach Claudio Ranieri endured a frustrating return to the Stadio Olimpico as he watched Roma dominate from the first whistle to cruise to an emphatic 4-0 victory.

"Sometimes we have been lucky to win a match, while other times we have played more or less at the same level as our opponent," Cambiasso told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"And it has happened that we have lost matches in which the opposing goalkeeper was the man of the match, like against Lecce."

"But Roma were superior to us in all aspects of the game."

Inter are two points above Roma in fifth place, but Ranieri's side could still be caught by the Giallorossi as the capital club have 27 minutes of their game against Catania - which was abandoned midway through the second half due to bad weather with the score at 1-1 - to complete.

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Serie A wrap: Roma crush Inter as top two fail to score

6 February 2012 11:32

Roma thumped Inter Milan 4-0 while high-flying Juventus and AC Milan were held to goalless draws in the Serie A on Sunday.

Two first-half goals from Juan and Fabio Borini gave Luis Enrique's Roma a commanding lead going into the break at the Stadio Olimpico.

Former Chelsea forward Borini added a third early in the second half of the game before Barcelona loanee Bojan Krkic put the game beyond any doubt in the dying minutes of the match.

The win puts Roma within two points of fifth-placed Inter on the table, but with a game in hand, to be played on Tuesday against Catania.

Serie A leaders Juventus were held to a 0-0 home draw against relegation-threatened Siena while second-placed AC Milan could not find a way past a stubborn Napoli side in another goalless stalemate.

In bad news for Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for a petulant slap on Salvatore Aronica.

Udinese missed a chance to join AC Milan on points after they lost 3-2 at Fiorentina, despite taking the lead.

Antonio Di Natale's early strike was cancelled out by a Stevan Jovetic penalty and the Montenegro international was to score from the spot again in the second half.

Mattia Cassani also netted for Fiorentina and they held on for all three points despite Romanian Gabriel Torje's late consolation.

In other matches, Bosko Jankovic bagged a double for Genoa as they beat a 10-man Lazio 3-2, while Atalanta were also reduced to 10 men in their 2-1 loss to Palermo.

Parma won 2-1 at Chievo while matches between Lecce and Bologna, and Novara and Cagliari, ended without a goal.

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Enrique applauds Roma heroics

6 February 2012 06:35

Roma manager Luis Enrique toasted what was 'a great day' for his side after they hammered Inter Milan 4-0 on Sunday.

However, the Spaniard tempered his praise by urging his players to find consistency in light of a rollercoaster week that also saw the capital side fall to a 4-2 defeat at Cagliari.

"It was a great day for us and a wonderful victory after the defeat to Cagliari," Enrique said.

"But it won't count for anything if we don't find consistency every single week."

Goals from Juan, a brace from Fabio Borini and Bojan's 89th-minute drive wrapped up a memorable victory against Inter, whose form has stuttered lately after eight straight wins in all competitions.

"How much of this result was down to Inter playing badly? We won 4-0 and were superior from the first to the 90th minute. We deserve the credit for that," Enrique said.

"I have to thank the fans who came out in such large numbers to support us in this weather and also those who worked through the night to ensure the stadium was open for business."

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Ranieri: We cannot go on like this

5 February 2012 22:05

Inter coach Claudio Ranieri failed to hide his disappointed in his team's recent run of form after a 4-0 Serie A loss away to Roma on Sunday.

The Giuseppe Meazza side have collected only one point from their past three league games, while they were eliminated from the Coppa Italia as well, and Ranieri has admitted that things will have to change at Inter.

"We cannot go on like this. Roma put in a good performance and deserve praise. However, we simply did not do enough and were too weak," Ranieri said.

"We have not performed to our strength in the past few weeks. We concede goals too easily and do not seem to be ourselves on the pitch."

"Obviously I still have believe in the team, but we have to rediscover ourselves. We have been dealt serious blows in the past and always managed to bounce back. We will do so again."

Inter currently sit fifth in the Serie A table with 36 points from 22 games.

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Serie A preview: Snow threatens round 22

4 February 2012 02:30

Round 22 of the Serie A is in doubt as heavy snowfalls threaten to disrupt or postpone the league programme.

Four midweek league matches were postponed after some of the worst winter weather in recent years played havoc with fixtures.

League leaders Juventus were one of the clubs affected, with their match at Parma a casualty on Tuesday.

If the fixture list survives the bleak forecast, Juve can extend their one-point lead when they take on struggling Siena on Sunday.

New signings Martin Caceres and Simone Padoin could make their debuts.

AC Milan, hot on Juve's heels in second place, face a tough home task against Napoli.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani wants the Napoli match postponed with temperatures set to plummet to below minus 10 degrees.

"All the weather forecasts for the next few days predict hazardous weather conditions, the likes of which have not been seen in Milan for 27 years,'' Galliani wrote in an open letter to league president Maurizio Beretta.

"In these conditions I strongly believe that playing a game ... would be very much more than unsuitable."

Kick-offs in the AC Milan v Napoli and Roma v Inter Milan fixtures have already been moved forward to Sunday at 3pm.

Third-placed Udinese will look to keep in touch with Juve when they travel to Fiorentina, who have an impressive home record of five wins.

Cellar-dwellars Novara will hope to give themselves a fighting chance of escaping relegation when they faces Cagliari. The other two teams in the drop zone, Lecce and Cesena, are level on 16 points, three from safety.

Lecce host Bologna and Cesena and Catania meet in other lower table encounters.

In other matches, Genoa play Lazio, Chievo Verona meet Parma and Palermo tackle Atalanta.

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Ranieri excited by Roma return

3 February 2012 19:46

Claudio Ranieri is looking forward to returning to Rome this weekend, as his Inter Milan side prepare to meet his old club Roma at Stadio Olimpico.

Ranieri was in charge at Roma until February last year when he resigned after a poor run of results, and he was appointed Inter boss in September after the sacking of Gian Piero Gasperini.

The Serie A clash was supposed to be played on Saturday, but has been moved to Sunday due to heavy snow falls in Italy.

Ranieri, 60, said he was excited about his return to the Italian capital, for what he fears will be a tough test for his side.

"It's always great to go back to Rome. I was lucky enough to be their manager, but that is in the past now and I have to look ahead," Ranieri said.

"It will be an important match both for us and for Roma, it will be a great match, they attack a lot and create a lot of chances, but they concede a lot too, so we need to be careful and use our chances well."

Ranieri was relieved that a leg injury suffered by midfielder Wesley Sneijder in Inter's 4-4 draw with Palermo on Wednesday was not as serious as first feared.

"As for Sneijder, luckily enough all the examinations and x-rays are negative and that's great because I was really afraid something serious had happened to him," Ranieri said.

"Obviously he won't play tomorrow (Sunday), I hope he'll be ready for the game against Novara (February 12)."

Ranieri paid tribute to veteran striker Diego Milito, who scored all four goals against Palermo, and said the big haul was just reward for a lot of hard work.

"I believed in Diego Milito because he is a champion and I saw that his comeback was close. He was always there, in the right place at the right time onto the pitch, but the ball didn't go in," Ranieri said.

"He didn't give in, he was working a lot in training sessions and was giving a lot to the team and for the team. When I see a player with a positive attitude like him I let him play, I think he can be good for the whole team. This is his victory, for his family and for his calmness."

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