Joy for Mancini as Inter enter record books

ROBERTO MANCINI etched his name into Inter Milan’s history books yesterday with a record-breaking ninth successive league victory, beating Messina 2-0.

Goals from Marco Materazzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured victory as Mancini passed Helenio Herrera and Giovanni Trapattoni’s records of eight successive wins.

Two goals from Alessandro Mancini, one from Francesco Totti and a Giuseppe Biava own goal saw Roma to a 4-0 win over Palermo to keep up the pressure on Inter.

Alberto Gilardino rescued a point for AC Milan in their crunch match with Fiorentina on Saturday.

Gilardino had put Milan ahead after four minutes. But Adrian Mutu scored in each half — the first a penalty — leaving Milan to rely on Gilardino’s late second goal to rescue a point.

A stunning overhead kick from Fabio Quagliarella handed Sampdoria a 1-0 win at Reggina.

Lazio had a man sent off but escaped with a point with a 1-1 draw away to Livorno.

Parma and Chievo shared the spoils 2-2 in a battle of clubs fighting relegation.

In Spain Sevilla took advantage of Barcelona’s absence at the Club World Cup to reclaim top spot in the Primera Liga with a 3-1 win at Recreativo Huelva yesterday.

A Ruud van Nistelrooy goal was enough for Real Madrid to edge out Espanyol at Montjuic yesterday.

Madrid had defender Fabio Cannavaro sent off in the second half, but held on for a win which sees them move within a point of Barcelona.

Osasuna continued their revival with a crushing 4-1 victory at Villarreal.

Real Sociedad finally chalked up their first victory this season with a thrilling 3-2 success at home to Gimnastic Tarragona who replaced them at the foot of the table.

Maniche scored to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Getafe.

Valencia continued their recent improved form by beating high-flying Real Zaragoza on Saturday night thanks to a wonder strike from Spain international Miguel Angel Angulo.

Angulo’s 35-yard piledriver just before half-time settled the contest in favour of Valencia.

Athletic Bilbao followed up last weekend’s 4-2 win over Recreativo Huelva with a 2-0 triumph at Deportivo La Coruna.

A late goal from defender Naldo ensured Werder Bremen reclaimed top spot in the Bundesliga with a narrow 2-1 win at the expense of Wolfsburg.

Naldo’s late intervention was enough to ensure that Bremen go top over Schalke, who are level on points although Werder’s impressive tally of 47 goals — 17 better than the next best attack — ensures they are the pacesetters.

Zlatan Bajramovic scored a late goal as Schalke prevailed at Arminia Bielefeld.

Borussia Dortmund’s woes continue after they slumped to fifth defeat of the season, going down 2-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern Munich ended 2006 on a high with a comfortable 4-0 win over Mainz.

Hasan Salihamidzic, Roy Makaay, Claudio Pizarro and Bastian Schweinsteiger heaped the agony on the bottom-placed club in the Bundesliga.

Stuttgart are fourth after their 0-0 draw at Cottbus.

Hertha Berlin completed a miserable week for Eintracht Frankfurt with a 1-0 victory at the Olympiastadion.

A Bastian Reinhardt own goal secured a 3-3 draw for Alemania Aachen at home to second-bottom Hamburg.

In France, Lyon continue to dominate as they beat Lens 4-0.

Two goals from Juninho and one each from Florent Malouda and Cris saw the champions ease to victory.

Paris St Germain’s disastrous season took a new twist when fans of the embattled French first division side began to get personal.

PSG could only manage a 0-0 draw at home to Nice, as they battle to keep clear of the dreaded relegation zone.

The Parisian fans took only moments to show their dissatisfaction with PSG defender Bernard Mendy, voted in a French football magazine the biggest underachiever in the top flight. He was awarded the ‘Lead Ball’ as opposed to France’s Football’s ‘Golden Ball’. Mendy even began taunting sections of PSG’s fanbase by aiming gestures to the home fans.

Sedan breathed new life into their bid for Ligue 1 survival with a 2-0 win over Lille.

Monaco returned to winning ways with an impressive display to upset high-fliers Sochaux 3-0.

Nancy enjoyed a 2-0 win over Marseille. The defeat leaves OM seventh.

Auxerre put their midweek UEFA Cup exit behind them as they came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Lorient yesterday.

St Etienne beat Valenciennes 3-0 on Saturday thanks to goals by Araujo Ilan, Pascal Feindouno and Christophe Landrin to climb to third.

Toulouse’s bid for a European place took another blow as they sank to defeat at Le Mans thanks to strikes from Marko Basa and Romaric Koffi.

In Holland AZ Alkmaar and Ajax both won to keep up the pressure on Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven.

AZ Alkmaar claimed a comfortable 2-0 triumph over FC Groningen to reduce the gap to seven points between themselves and the champions.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar hit a hat-trick as Ajaz strolled to a comfortable 3-1 away win over 10-man Excelsior.

FC Utrecht won 2-1 at home against Feyenoord.

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