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Eto'o and Milito score in Inter's win over Parma

NEWLY signed strikers Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito both scored in the second half and Inter Milan beat Parma 2-0 yesterday to stay within two points of Serie A title rival Juventus.

Eto'o, who swapped places with Zlatan Ibrahimovic going to Barcelona, found the target from the edge of the area in the 71st minute at the San Siro and Milito, who transferred from Genoa, collected a pass from Maicon to tally in the 89th.

"Inter did what it needed to to win a difficult game after two weeks of national team matches and with our thoughts already on Wednesday's game against Barcelona," Inter manager Jose Mourinho said, referring to his squad's Champions League opener Wednesday.

AS Roma rallied for a 2-1 win over 10-man Siena in Claudio Ranieri's first match since replacing Luciano Spalletti as the Giallorossi's manager.
"It was a debut full of emotions and it was important to win," the Roman-born Ranieri said.

Philippe Mexes equalized in the 73rd and substitute John Arne Riise scored off a free kick in the 90th for the winner after Massimo Maccarone had put Siena in front in the 26th.

Antonio Di Natale notched a hat trick to raise his league-leading scoring total to six goals in Udinese's 4-2 win over Catania, which led twice.

Juve, Genoa and Sampdoria each have a full nine points through three rounds. Inter and Fiorentina - which beat Cagliari 1-0 with a 55th-minute score from Alberto Gilardino - are next with seven each.

Genoa rallied to defeat Napoli 4-1 with goals from Sergio Floccari, Giandomenico Mesto, Hernan Crespo and Houssine Kharja. Genoa ended with 10 men and Napoli finished with nine.

Ten-man Sampdoria beat Atalanta 1-0 with a goal from Daniele Mannini in the 64th.

Juventus shut out Lazio 2-0 and AC Milan was held to a 0-0 draw at Livorno in Saturday's action.

In a match that was delayed at the start by 20 minutes due to a wet field, Palermo drew 1-1 with newly promoted Bari with a 90th-minute equalizer from Igor Budan.

Also, Chievo Verona won 2-0 at Bologna.

Wesley Sneijder had Inter's only decent chance of the first half, with a shot from the newly signed Netherlands midfielder blocked with a diving save from Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.

Jose Mourinho sent on Mario Balotelli at halftime to join Eto'o and Milito in a three-pronged attack for Inter and the move paid off with two goals.

Ranieri was hired after Roma opened with two losses and the former Chelsea and Juventus coach immediately made an impact by sending on Riise for Juan early in the second half.

Maccarone dribbled right around central defenders Juan and Mexes when he scored.

Siena was reduced to 10 men in the 79th when midfielder Paul Codrea picked up his second yellow card.


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