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.
Japanese couple Rikiya and Ayumi Kataoka had their honeymoon wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their resourcefulness in enforced exile in Cape Verde has won them appointments as ambassadors for its Olympic team. The Kataokas had completed a third of their round-the-world trip when a suspension in long-haul flights stranded them for five months in the archipelago of 10 tiny islands off the coast of West Africa. Unable to resume their journey to Europe and then home to Japan, and unwilling to head to the African mainland, where virus cases are spiking, they had to trade their skills with domestic businesses to
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being