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Eto'o silences racist chants

2010-10-18 09:02

Milan - Samuel Eto'o scored another cracking goal to give Inter Milan a 1-0 Serie A win at Cagliari on Sunday and hit back at the racist fans who held up the game.

The battling victory put champions Inter level on points with AC Milan, who beat Chievo on Saturday, but Lazio's 2-0 win at Bari kept the Romans top of the standings by two points.

Tricky playmaker Hernanes, one of the buys of the season from Sao Paulo, latched on to Italy midfielder Stefano Mauri's pass to give Lazio an early second-half lead before Sergio Floccari sealed the points from Mauri's mishit shot.

Lazio flirted with relegation last term but coach Edy Reja has them riding high on 16 points from seven matches.

Napoli, in fourth, missed the chance to join Inter and Milan on 14 points after a 1-1 draw at Catania where Edinson Cavani netted his sixth league goal.

Juventus made a bad start but now lie just five points from the summit after a rampant 4-0 home win over Lecce sparked by Alberto Aquilani's first goal for the club.

The former Liverpool and AS Roma midfielder fired in from 25 metres before Felipe Melo, booed by his own fans for much of last term, continued his renaissance with a cheeky penalty and Fabio Quagliarella nodded in on his knees just before the break.

Milos Krasic, distraught when Serbia's Euro qualifier in Italy was abandoned on Tuesday because of rioting away fans, was again superb before Alessandro Del Piero scored a late fourth to equal Giampiero Boniperti's Juve record of 178 Serie A goals.

In the early game, Cameroon's Eto'o took his league tally to six goals from seven games this season and, like most of his recent efforts, the 39th-minute goal was a marvellous strike.

Wesley Sneijder hooked on and Eto'o twisted and turned like Inter's serpent symbol on their new away kit before planting a left-foot shot into the corner from the edge of the box.

"Cagliari put us under pressure but we deserved the lead. Eto'o is enjoying a great moment and we hope he continues like this," Inter's Javier Zanetti, back from injury for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, told Sky.

Eto'o's strike was the perfect riposte to the Cagliari fans whose racist chants towards him caused the referee to suspend the game after three minutes.

A public announcement was made asking fans to stop the chants, which they did for the rest of the match. The game restarted after around three minutes.

The Italian soccer federation, which has long struggled with racist fans, gave referees the right to suspend matches in case of such chanting after Mario Balotelli was constantly abused in Inter's match at Juventus two seasons ago.

Inter had other chances but the hosts also went close when they hit the bar and Julio Cesar was forced into a double save.

The table is beginning to take on a familiar look and Palermo joined Juve on 11 points in fifth after Javier Pastore and Josip Ilicic enhanced their growing reputations with spectacular strikes in a 4-1 home win over struggling Bologna.

Fiorentina slumped to bottom after Antonio Cassano scored the winner in Sampdoria's 2-1 comeback victory, prompting visiting coach Sinisa Mihajlovic to say he would not quit.

Cesena drew 1-1 with Parma and Udinese won 1-0 at Brescia.

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Comments
  • lungisa - 2010-10-18 10:07

    BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL

  • Simphiwe - 2010-10-18 10:42

    He scored to let the team to win.... WONDERFUL! The AFRICANS ARE LIKE THAT... THEY SPEAK WITH GOOD ACTIONS... please lets end the racism peeps

  • mbodla - 2010-10-18 11:43

    Kukhombisa ukuthi laba abebenza umsindo wezinkawu, bayizinkawu bona uqobo lwabo. Umuntu ophucukile uyenza kanjani into yokucwasa ngabala omunye umuntu. Kuyacaca ukuthi ngisho sesithatnda abelungu abasoze baba ngabangani bethu, futhi kuyiphutha ukukhonza onkulunkulu babo. Nous nes sommnes vos senges!!!!!!

  • Mabure - 2010-10-18 14:53

    These are people who are trying to destroy the beautiful game and we won't let them do that. I still agree with those who say "you can try all you want, but you can't keep a good man down" Eto is good and what they doing won't bring him down. Instead he will grow more stronger. Some people are allegic to change and Italy is one of those countries, but they must know that in the eyes of the all mighty no one is indispensable.

  • Mabure - 2010-10-18 14:56

    These are people who are trying to destroy the beautiful game and we won't let them do that. I still agree with those who say "you can try all you want, but you can't keep a good man down" Eto is good and what they are doing won't bring him down. Instead he will grow more stronger. Some people are allegic to change and Italy is one of those countries, but they must know that in the eyes of the all mighty no one is indispensable.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2010-10-18 15:12

    How I wish Rafa was still in our dugout. He should never have gotten the axe.

  • fidel - 2010-10-18 16:49

    Etoo is simply the best and his goal was breath taking. You can not buy that skill from the market hence non will be sold to a black person. Their chant is inferiority complex and Etoo your beautiful and your body does not change with climate, or like a camilion .

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