Roma beat Fiorentina in six-goal thriller

2012-12-09 01:20:33 GMT2012-12-09 09:20:33(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Francesco Totti scored twice and set up one to inspire Roma to beat Fiorentina 4-2 at home on Saturday.

Roma went ahead in the seventh minute through Leandro Castan, but Facundo Roncaglia levelled seven minutes later.

Totti put Roma ahead again before extending their lead prior to half-time and setting up a fourth for Pablo Osvaldo in the 89th minute.

In between, Mounir El Hamdaoui gave Fiorentina hope in a game full of chances at both ends.

Roma head coach Zdenek Zeman praised Fiorentina as the ideal opponents after Roma's victory.

"It was a good performance against a good Fiorentina side, as they play and allow their opponents to play. If teams let us play, then we take advantage," he said.

Zeman's Fiorentina counterpar, Vincenzo Montella, the former Roma striker, insisted Fiorentina should not "make a drama out of" their loss to Roma.

"We mustn't make a drama out of it. We were coming off a long line of positive results and it can happen to lose against this Roma side," he said.

"In fact, sometimes these defeats can do us good. We could've done better in our interpretation of the match, which is also true of my choices, but we had the hunger today," he said.

Atalanta ended a run of three consecutive losses with a 2-1 win over Parma at home.

German Denis gave hosts the lead in the fourth minute and Federico Peluso made it two in the 38th minute.

Amauri brought Parma back into the game on the stroke of half-time but, despite their efforts, they were unable to find an equaliser in the second half.

With the win, Atalanta moved into the eighth place nine points clear of the relegation zone.

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