Inspirational Gervinho helps Roma end draw sequence

Sun Dec 8, 2013 5:40pm EST
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(Reuters) - Serie A title challengers AS Roma ended a run of four successive draws with an enthralling 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, helped by an inspirational display from Gervinho who set up both goals.

Mattia Destro scored the winner for Roma, only eight minutes after coming on for his first appearance of the season after an injury nightmare, as they remained unbeaten in second place and three points behind leaders Juventus.

Inter Milan and Parma produced shocking defending as they shared six goals at San Siro, the second 3-3 draw of the weekend after Napoli's equally eventful match against Udinese on Saturday.

Roma's neighbours Lazio continued their downward slide by losing 1-0 at Torino, their sixth league game without a win, and Cagliari and Verona each produced dramatic turnarounds to win 2-1 at home.

Marco Sau scored two late goals to give Cagliari a highly controversial 2-1 win over 10-man Genoa who took an early lead through Alberto Gilardino and were furious about Thomas Manfredini's red card two minutes before halftime.

Manfredini was clearly manhandled by Daniele Conti at a corner but both were booked and the Genoa player was dismissed for a second yellow card.

Verona also scored twice in the last 10 minutes to beat Atalanta 2-1, Jorginho scoring the winner with a penalty.

Sampdoria gave coach Sinisa Mihajlovic his first league win since taking over, beating bottom-of-the-table Catania 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Eder and Manolo Gabbiadini and climbing to joint 16th with 14 points.

Serie A is already threatening to turn into a two-horse race with five points separating Roma (37) and third-placed Napoli, and Inter another four points behind in fourth. Juventus have 40 points after their 2-0 win at Bologna on Friday.   Continued...