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Francesco Totti celebrates scoring equaliser with a selfie

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Francesco Totti takes Selfie in front of Roma Ultras (Reuters)

Francesco Totti takes Selfie in front of Roma Ultras (Reuters)

Italian Gladiator Francesco Totti celebrated his equalising brace by taking a selfie with Roma’s Curva Sud in the Derby della Capitale.

After going two goals down after half-an-hour to Stefano Mauri and Felipe Anderson, Totti turned the game around just after the break before smashing home an equaliser after 64 minutes.

The 38-year old will go beside the names of Alessandro Del Piero and Roberto Baggio in the Serie A record books when the veteran retires from football.

“Footballers often get criticised for taking selfies on the pitch,” said Roma follower, Josh Lawless. “Personally, I thought it was excellent. I would have probably done the same thing.

“To score an equaliser against your nemesis, I think Totti has the right to go a little crazy. I loved it.”

The question remains however – Is Totti the coolest footballer ever?

However, Totti is not the first sportsman to take a selfie. Lukas Podolski, on loan at Inter Milan from Arsenal took a selfie with Arsenal fans in the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur.

The result means Roma remain behind Champions Juventus in second place on goal difference. A won would have taken the Giallorossi above the Turin club.

Totti made his debut for Roma in 1992, having been at the club from the start of his professional career in 1989. The talisman has found the back of the net on 239 occasions in 573 games for Roma.

The Italian has also played 58 games for Azzurri. Totti has 28 honours to his name, including five Italian Footballer of the Year awards.

 

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The game was perhaps overshadowed by what happened in Paris just a week earlier. Roma manager, Rudi Garcia placed pencils on the chair of every journalist attend the derby, prior to kick-off, as a mark of respect.

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AC Milan 1-1 Inter Milan: Honours even in Derby della Madonnina

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San Siro ahead of the Derby della Madonnina. (Picture: When Sunday Comes)

San Siro ahead of the Derby della Madonnina. (Picture: When Sunday Comes)

Joel Obi’s second-half equaliser was enough to earn Inter Milan a point as two of Italy’s  greats, Pippo Inzaghi and Roberto Mancini faced each other for the first time as managers.

A wonder goal midway through the first half was enough to give Inzaghi’s men the lead going in to half time. However, Inter battled back and equalised through Joel Obi 15 minutes in to the second half.

Zdravko Kuzmanovic told Sky Sports: “Inter needed a night like this. We didn’t communicate well at all, but in the second half we played a great match.

“We did well on the pitch, we were compact defensively and we were always ready to counter attack. Inter has to aim high, especially with our new manager. Obi? He deserved it (the goal) completely, my regards go to him.”

Both Milan clubs have struggled in the Serie A of late, and this season is no different. Milan started the game in eighth, just one point above Inter in ninth.

Mancini returned to Inter for a second spell, picking up eight trophies in four seasons. The Nerazzurri have struggled to score of late which is what ultimately cost Walter Mazzarri his job, with just 10 goals in the past nine games, after putting seven past Sassuolo on the second match day.

Previous encounters has seen just five goals scored in the previous four matches between the two sides, with neither team managing to score more than once in those fixtures.

Inter looked like a different side under the 49-year old Italian. Within the opening five minutes of the 213th Derby della Madonnina Inter pressed Milan high up the pitch, a sense of urgency from Inter as they looked to take an early lead.

Mauro Icardi looked to score his eighth of the season as a stray pass from Sulley Muntari hit the Argentinian who was through on goal before Diego Lopez smothered the ball to safety.

Jeremy Menez scored the only goal of the first half after 22 minutes following a well-executed counter-attack from the Rossoneri. The ball fell to Stephen El Shaarawy on the right-flank, whose cross found Menez and the Frenchman hit the ball first time beyond Samir Handanovic.

The opening goal seemed to have taken the intensity out of the derby as Inter could not really carve out any real opportunity, to the disgust of Mancini who was barking orders from the sideline – as they went in to the break a goal down.

Both sides started the second half like they did the first – with high intensity, putting their opponents under pressure.

Lopez was called in to action for the fourth time and the Spaniard showed why he’s number one ahead of Andre Agazzi. The Milan goalkeeper got down low to deny Mateo Kovacic an equaliser 10 minutes after the restart.

Persistence paid off for Inter as Michael Essien failed to clear his lines, the ball fell to Joel Obi on the edge of the box and the Nigerian found the bottom corner, out of Lopez’ reach.

El Shawaary had a chance 15 minutes from time for Milan, but the Italian could only find the crossbar as Inzaghi looks away in disgust – the former Milan player would have surely put that away.

Straight up the other end, Fredy Guarin’s cross found Icardi who took the ball on first time, unleashing a right-footed volley, which struck the outside of Lopez’ post.

The result means Inter remain in ninth, on 17 points whilst their counterparts move up to seventh after Udinese drew 1-1 to Chievo Verona earlier today.

AC Milan XI: Diego Lopez; Rami, Zapata, Mexes, De Sciglio; Bonaventura, Essien, Muntari, El Shaarawy; Menez; Torres.

Inter Milan XI: Handanovic; Nagatomo, Ranocchia, Juan Jesus, Dodò; Guarin, Kuzmanovic, Obi; Kovacic; Icardi, Palacio

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Steaua Bucharest 3 – 0 Dinamo Bucharest: Hosts win bragging rights after two late goals

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Goals from Łukasz Szukala, Paul Papp and Claudiu Keserü gave Steaua Bucharest a deserved 3-0 victory over rivals, Dinamo Bucharest in the 157th Eternal Derby.

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Steaua Bucharest ultras ahead of tie (Picture courtesy of When Saturday Comes @WSCsm)

The two teams came in to the match on mixed fortunes. Steaua lost their previous league game 1-0 against Târgu Mureş and came in to the game with an injury crisis in the forward positions. Whilst their counterparts Dinamo Bucharest, have won three of their previous five games, including a 3-2 victory against Pandurii Târgu Jiu last week.

Tempers were already high and fans were in full, singing spirit hours before the game had even kicked off. Excitement in the city of Bucharest was upon us as the Eternal Derby is the game both sets of fans want to win – for bragging right. Upon kick-off, the Steaua fans enjoyed their pyrotechnics and balloons whilst Dinamo fans unveiled a choreography of Charlie Chaplin.

Dinamo started off the better side with Kamil Bilinski having a chance after just seven minutes. The ball was crossed in from the right-flank, however a bobble on the pitch put the forward off, who couldn’t bring the ball under control.

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Marius Alexe then had a chance just moments later, but forced Steaua goalkeeper, Giedrius Arlauskis, in to making a great save.

The tide started to turn then as Steaua looked to dominate. The home contingent shone a green laser in to the eyes of the Dinamo goalkeeper, who made a great save to deny Adrian Popa after quarter of an hour. Steaua then had the ball in the back of the net but the assistant referee has his flag up for offside, as Keserü was the wrong side of the defender.

Popa then continued his fine start to the game as he crosses the ball in towards Keserü – but Traian Marc was there to deny the forward.

A huge chance for Dinamo went begging as first – Bilinski was denied from a last ditch tackle from midfielder Andrei Prepeliţă, who showed his passion to get back to stop the forward. Bilinski was then denied again just seconds later as his left-footed strike from just inside the area forced Arlauskis in to parrying the ball. However, the Steaua keeper couldn’t clear his lines as the ball fell to Cosmin Matei who really should have done better from six-yards out.

Szukala then headed the home side in front on the stroke of half-time following a dead ball, crossed in from Lucian Sânmărtean – in front of the Dinamo supporters, to the delight of the home contingent.

Following the break – Steaua again looked the more likely to score and, they perhaps should have when Fernando Varela headed over from six-yards out. The defender was under no pressure at all and should have doubled his sides lead.

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Steaua Bucharest pyrotechnics (Picture: When Saturday Comes @WSCsm)

Dinamo youngster, Dorin Rotariu, looked promising since his inclusion and forced Arlauskis in to making another save.

However, it was Steaua who always looked the more prominent going forward and it was Papp who doubled the hosts lead, finishing in to an empty net after Popa did all of the hard work.

Two minutes later and Keşeru had the ball in the back of the net again for Steaua to put the game beyond doubt – and to give the hosts a deserved three points who took their chances when it really mattered.

Steaua are now five points clear in first place ahead of CFR Cluj who welcome Braşov to their stadium on Monday night.

Steaua Bucharest XI (4-2-3-1): Arlauskis – Papp, Varela, Szukala, Filip – Prepeliţă, Sânmărtean – Ad. Popa, Chipciu, Tănase – Keşeru.

Dinamo Bucharest XI (4-2-3-1): Marc – Fai, Nedelcearu, Cordoş, Grecu – Mansaly, Bărboianu – Lazar, Matei, Alexe – Bilinski.

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