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Late strikes ruin Inter's party as Roma win 3-1

AFP , ROME

Francesco Totti inspired Roma to a 3-1 victory over Inter Milan to put the Serie A title celebrations on hold on Wednesday.

Totti's late freekick from the edge of the area was deflected by an Inter boot and handed the visitors a last-gasp lead after Marco Materazzi's spot kick had equalized Simone Perrotta's 44th minute opener for Roma.

Substitute Marco Cassetti then beat Inter keeper Julio Cesar in the dying seconds with a well-struck shot which stunned the hosts.

It is Inter's first defeat in 32 matches this season and means they will now have to wait before celebrating what will be their first league title won on the field of play since 1989.

With six matches remaining Inter, who were handed the Scudetto last season in the wake of Juventus's relegation to Serie B for match-fixing, lead second-placed Roma by 13 points.

Inter seemed strangely overawed by a Roma side who had obviously come to the San Siro motivated to ruin their party plans.

"We shouldn't have lost this match," said Inter coach Roberto Mancini.

"It hurts a little. We had hoped to finish the season unbeaten," he said. "We didn't play well in the first half. It was very good after the break and then their [second] goal was a bit lucky, it's a pity."

"But it's not a problem to put the party on hold," Mancini added.

In other Serie A action, AC Milan beat Ascoli 5-2, Lazio were held to a goalless draw by Chievo, Empoli beat Atalanta 2-0 and Parma beat Fiorentina by the same scoreline.

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