Totti joins Nordahl as joint-second highest scorer

Francesco Totti made Serie A history last night as his first-half penalty in a 3-1 victory over 10-man Genoa saw the veteran striker become the league’s joint-second highest scorer of all time.

The 36-year-old needed one more goal to match iconic AC Milan striker Gunnar Nordahl’s career haul of 225 goals and it arrived from the penalty spot with 15 minutes on the clock.

Genoa battled hard to spoil Totti’s night, though, and Marco Borriello ensured the second half would be a contest by converting a spot-kick of his own, against his former club, just before the break.

Teenage defender Alessandro Romagnoli then took his first step towards chasing Totti’s record with his maiden league goal and Simone Perrotta put the result beyond doubt after Juraj Kucka was dismissed following an angry exchange with Totti.

Earlier, Rodrigo Palacio scored twice from the bench as Inter Milan came back to seal an impressive 3-2 victory at Catania.

The Sicilians were pushing hard for a Europa League place and took a quick two-goal lead through Gonzalo Bergessio and Giovanni Marchese. A gritty Inter side steadily forced their way back into the game, however, with substitute Palacio following up Ricky Alvarez’s 52nd-minute header.

Palacio then scored at the death to keep the former European champions within a point of the Champions League positions.

There was a managerial casualty as Antonio Di Natale’s 150th Serie A goal decided a 1-0 win for Udinese that ultimately cost Pescara boss Cristiano Bergodi his job.

The club are set to name Bergodi’s replacement at the Stadio Adriatico today.

In France, Lyon were unable to pick up the win they needed to move level with Paris St Germain at the top of Ligue 1 yesterday after drawing 1-1 at Brest.

Kamel Chafni gave the strugglers an eighth-minute lead, only for Tripy Makonda’s own goal eight minutes into the second half to earn Remi Garde’s visitors a point.

The draw means Lyon trail PSG by two points, following the leaders’ unexpected loss at Reims yesterday, while Brest move five points clear of the bottom three.

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