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Pjanic's brace helped Roma sink Napoli
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Pjanic's brace helped Roma sink Napoli

Oct 18 2013, 8:06pm CDT | by IANS

Rome, Oct 19 (IANS) Miralem Pjanic scored a brace as Serie A leaders Roma beat 10-man Napoli 2-0 at home Friday to stretch their winning start to the league season to eight games.

Rome, Oct 19 — Miralem Pjanic scored a brace as Serie A leaders Roma beat 10-man Napoli 2-0 at home Friday to stretch their winning start to the league season to eight games. He curled in a...

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Pjanic's brace helped Roma sink Napoli

Oct 18 2013, 8:06pm CDT | by IANS

Rome, Oct 19 (IANS) Miralem Pjanic scored a brace as Serie A leaders Roma beat 10-man Napoli 2-0 at home Friday to stretch their winning start to the league season to eight games.

Rome, Oct 19 — Miralem Pjanic scored a brace as Serie A leaders Roma beat 10-man Napoli 2-0 at home Friday to stretch their winning start to the league season to eight games.

He curled in a brilliant free-kick at the additional time of the first half before converting a penalty to secure the 2-0 home win over Napoli, to the dismay of Napoli's former player Diego Maradona who was watching from the stands.

Napoli central defender Paolo Cannavaro had a night to forget as he gave way and was punished with cards for each of the dead-ball kicks from which Roma scored.

Roma head coach Rudi Garcia praised his side as outstanding as Michel Platini's Juventus.

The Rome side is the fourth team ever to win the opening eight Serie A games after Juventus in 1930-31, 1985-86 and 2005-06.

"Francesco's Tonight Totti's Roma matched Michel Platini's Juventus under the gaze of Diego Maradona. I am very proud to have contributed to that," Garcia said.

His Napoli counterpart Rafa Benitez chose to see positive signs from his side's loss.

"I think the opening 20 minutes was tough for us, then for the rest of the first half we did very well, in my view better than Roma," he said.

"I look at the performance and in terms of character Napoli did very well this evening. I said beforehand this game would not decide the title, but clearly with the way we played tonight I'd say it was a positive evening. We played well and this bodes well for the future," he added.

Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis touched Pandev's shot to slow it down, giving Deniele De Rossi sufficient time to race back and clear the ball off the goal-line.

In the 45th minute, Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne wasted a glaring chance when he saw his shot hit the post.

And deep into first-half stoppage time the breakthrough came at the other end when Cannavaro brought down Gervinho 22 yards from goal, and Pjanic fired over the wall and into the top right corner.

Cannavaro dragged back Marco Borriello in the area in the 70th minute to see the referee dismiss him and award Roma a penalty, which was converted by Pjanic.

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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany questioned why innocent away fans were also excluded from the s ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany questioned why innocent away fans were also excl ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany questioned why innocent away f ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompan ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany questioned why innocent away fans were also excl ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany questioned why innocent awa ...
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UEFA pondering idea to allow patrons into games

Oct 22 2014 9:26am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LONDON — UEFA President Michel Platini is mulling whether to allow only women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums as punishment for supporters’ racist abuse. CSKA Moscow’s Champions League match against Manchester City on Tuesday was played without paying fans, the first of three UEFA fixtures the Russian club must play behind closed doors over racism. But City captain Vincent Kompany questioned why innocent away fans were also excluded from the stadiu ...
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Italian Paper Talk: ‘Roma, Not Like This!’ Humiliated By Bayern Munich

Oct 22 2014 4:28am CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

 Juve trust in Tevez to deliver in Athens... All the latest headlines from the newspapers in Italy as there is reaction to Roma's heavy 7-1 defeat to Bayern Munich at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.  Image courtesy of La Gazzetta dello Sport.- The Sack of Rome - Pep Guardiola lesson for Garcia, historic match with Bayern, 7-1. Brutal performance from Germans as Roma are shell-shocked after first 30 minutes.- Rudi Garcia: "It's ...
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Manchester United May Face UEFA Punishment Over Huge Debt

Oct 10 2014 2:00pm CDT | Source: Soccerlens

Manchester United May Face UEFA Punishment Over Huge Debt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com UEFA has been in the news quite a lot in recent months with regards to English clubs. It has especially been in the limelight for the disciplinary action taken on Manchester City, following the latter’s non-compliance of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations laid down by European football’s primary regulatory body. The English champions were fined £49 million, and also had to cut the s ...
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