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Soccer: Roma end run of draws to stay on Juve's tracks

Napoli, Inter lose ground with draws

09 December, 11:33
Soccer: Roma end run of draws to stay on Juve's tracks (ANSA) - Rome, December 9 - AS Roma ended a run of four consecutive draws with a 2-1 home victory over Fiorentina on Sunday to stay three points behind Serie A leaders Juventus, who won 2-0 at Bologna on Friday.

Roma, who before the run of draws had set a new record for the best-ever start to a Serie A campaign by winning their first 10 games, prevailed thanks to goals by full back Maicon and forward Mattia Destro, who scored after missing over six months though injury.

The championship is starting to look like a two-horse race after third-placed Napoli and fourth-placed Inter Milan both dropped points.

Napoli have 32 points from 15 games, eight points less than champions Juve, after being held 3-3 at home by Udinese.

Inter are four points further back after being held to their third consecutive draw - 3-3 - by Parma at the San Siro Stadium.

AC Milan's problems continued as they also failed to win.

The seven-time European champions are 22 points off the pace in ninth-place after being held 2-2 at struggling Livorno despite a fine double by Italy striker Mario Balotelli.