Serie A: Roma beat Udinese to set all-time record of nine top-flight wins on the trot
Roma won 1-0 at Udinese to set a new all-time record of nine consecutive top flight wins at the start of a season.
Last Updated: 28/10/13 12:18am
Serie A leaders Roma beat Udinese 1-0 to set a new all-time record of nine consecutive top flight wins at the start of a season.
A game of few chances was settled when Michael Bradley scored with a well-placed first-time shot eight minutes from time when midfielder Kevin Strootman held up play at the edge of the area before squaring to the American.
Udinese had come close to opening the scoring when Gabriel Silva's goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Leandro Castan's overhead kick.
Shortly after the break Maicon crashed the ball over from inside the box, but he walked on a second yellow (66) after an unnecessary foul on Emmanuel Badu in midfield.
Defending champions Juventus had set a record of nine successive wins at the start of the 2005-2006 campaign, although that feat no longer stands after the club were stripped of that season's crown, as well as the previous year's, due to their role in the 'Calciopoli' match-fixing scandal.
Title challengers Napoli comfortably beat Torino 2-0 at the San Paolo before Roma's match started, but the leaders remain five points ahead.
Defending champions Juventus are third in the table after goals from Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez secured a 2-0 success over Genoa.
AC Milan suffered another setback when they lost 3-2 at Parma.
Goals from Marco Parolo and former Rossoneri triker Antonio Cassano put the home team in a comfortable position at the interval.
But Milan levelled the match with two goals in as many minutes through Alessandro Matri and Matias Silvestre, only for Parma to hit the winner four minutes into injury-time with another Parolo goal.
Fiorentina stretched their unbeaten league run to four matches with a 2-1 win at Chievo.
Bostjan Cesar fired the hosts in front at Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi but two goals from Juan Cuadrado turned the result around for the Viola.
Bologna managed to win for the first time in Serie A this season as Jose Angel Crespo's early goal settled a 1-0 victory over Livorno.
Elsewhere, Catania and Sassuolo played out a goalless draw in Sicily.
In Sunday's late game, super-sub Miroslav Klose inspired Lazio to a 2-0 victory over Cagliari that eased the growing pressure on coach Vladimir Petkovic.
The capital club approached the match searching for their first win in six games in all competitions, at the end of a week which saw president Claudio Lotito turn up to training unexpectedly to deliver a motivational speech.
Petkovic knew his boss would not visit him again without bringing worse tidings so, after watching Cagliari dominate the first half without scoring, he threw Klose into the fray to spark a revival.
The former Bayern Munich star did not disappoint, heading home the pressure-relieving opener on 52 minutes before Antonio Candreva's penalty gave Lazio a comfortable cushion heading into the last half hour.
The win boosted the Romans into seventh place while a third away defeat of the season left Cagliari in 13th.