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Totti ends Roma's 20-year Milan jinx

Francesco Totti scored twice as Roma won 2-1 at AC Milan on Saturday to move within a point of joint leaders.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 13:02 IST

Francesco Totti scored twice as Roma won 2-1 at AC Milan on Saturday to move within a point of joint leaders Inter Milan and Palermo.

While Roma celebrated their first league victory away to AC Milan since March 1986 when Sven-Goran Eriksson was their coach, Milan were left to reflect upon their fourth defeat in five Serie A matches.

Roma's win put them on 23 points, one behind Inter and Palermo who both play on Saturday.

Milan, weighed down heavily by an eight-point handicap for match-fixing, remain fifth from bottom on seven points.

Totti insisted Roma were serious title contenders after ending their 20-year San Siro jinx.

"We showed that we can compete with any team," he told Sky Sports Italia. "With the players we have, we believe we can win the league."

AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who played for Roma in that 1986 team, admitted his side tired in the closing stages.

"Towards the end of the match we were disorganised," he said.

"I think we paid a price for all the effort we put in to getting the equaliser."

Ancelotti refused to blame the sale of striker Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea for his team's demise.

"He's a special player, but it's not right to have regrets," said the Milan coach.

"The problem is we are not doing enough. We have to give more but not be too downhearted, because we play good football.