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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep, 20, 2008

Roma seal first victory of the season

ROME, Sept 20 (Reuters) - AS Roma chalked up their first win of the season on Saturday when they beat Reggina 3-0 at home in Serie A.

Last season's runners-up had managed just a point from their opening two leagues games and lost 2-1 in Rome to unheralded Romanians CFR Cluj in the Champions League in midweek.

Their lack of confidence was evident in the first period when they were restricted to shots from distance before Christian Panucci netted from close range on halftime.

The defender tapped in Rodrigo Taddei's ball across the box amid Reggina protests that he had been offside earlier in the scrappy passage of play.

The home side doubled their lead early in the second half when midfielder Alberto Aquilani smashed a left-foot shot into the top corner as they began to show some of the attacking flair that marked last season's campaign.

Substitute Simone Perrotta put gloss on the victory when he made it 3-0 in injury time.

Earlier Atalanta suffered their first defeat of the Serie A season when they went down 1-0 at Catania despite dominating for long spells.

Catania are now level with Atalanta on six points from three games after striker Michele Paolucci scored at the near post from a tight angle in the second half.

Fellow early pacesetters Lazio visit pointless AC Milan in Sunday's late game (1830 GMT) with champions Inter Milan at Torino and injury-hit Juventus travelling to Cagliari earlier in the day (1300).

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