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Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Inter rolls past Parma on second-half strikes

ROME (AP) Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito scored second-half goals as Inter Milan beat Parma 2-0 Sunday to stay within two points of Serie A title rivals Juventus and Sampdoria.

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In the hunt: Inter's Samuel Eto'o (right) vies for the ball with Parma's Damiano Zenoni (left) and Cristiano Lucarelli during their match on Sunday in Milan, Italy. Inter won 2-0. AP PHOTO

Eto'o scored from the edge of the area in the 71st minute at the San Siro and Milito collected a pass from Maicon to tally in the 89th. The result gave Inter seven points from three games, two fewer than Juventus, which beat Lazio 2-0, and Sampdoria, which edged Atalanta 1-0.

"Inter did what it needed to win a difficult game after two weeks of national team matches and with our thoughts already on Wednesday's game against Barcelona," Inter coach Jose Mourinho said, referring to his squad's Champions League opener.

AS Roma rallied for a 2-1 win over 10-man Siena in Claudio Ranieri's first match since replacing Luciano Spalletti as the Giallorossi's manager.

Duff powers Fulham

LONDON (AP) Damien Duff lifted Fulham out of the Premier League relegation zone and up to halfway with the winner in a 2-1 victory over Everton, while Aston Villa beat neighbor Birmingham 1-0 thanks to late goal by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Next-to-last Everton went ahead after 33 minutes at Craven Cottage when Tim Cahill headed home a left-wing free kick. But Paul Konchesky equalized in the 57th with a shot that deflected off defender Sylvain Distin.

Duff scored the second in the 79th when he ran at the Everton defense, pulled the ball onto his favored left foot and beat goalkeeper Tim Howard from just outside the area.

The result lifted Fulham eight places to 10th while Everton, which finished fifth last season, remains 19th in its worst start since manager Davis Moyes arrived in March 2002.

Agbonlahor headed home an 85th minute winner at St. Andrews and Villa climbed to sixth.



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