Soccer: Perfect Roma continue winning run, equal Juve record
Leaders beat Udinese 1-0 away despite being in 10 men28 October, 11:16
The Roman side prevailed despite being without two of their best players, injured captain Francesco Totti and Ivorian forward Gervinho, and having to play much of the second half in 10 men after right back Maicon was sent off for two bookings.
Substitute Michael Bradley sealed the points for the leaders with a crisp strike from outside the box in the 82nd minute.
Roma have equalled the record of nine consecutive wins Juventus notched at the start of the 2005-06 season under Fabio Capello. The Turin side won the scudetto that season but were subsequently stripped of it and the 2004-05 title and demoted for their involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
Roma remain five points clear of Napoli and champions Juventus, who secured 2-0 home wins over Torino and Genoa respectively. Inter Milan are fourth with 18 points, nine fewer than Roma, after beating Hellas Verona 4-2.
AC Milan are 10th and trail Roma by 16 points after they lost 3-2 at Parma.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli was substituted for the first time since he joined Milan, early in the second half, following a poor, bad-tempered display.