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Totti Wondergoal Earns Applause from Both Sides

A lot has been made of the fantastic chest-trap and overhead kick scored by Ronaldinho against Villarreal at the Nou Camp on Saturday, but make no mistake about the fact that AS Roma captain Francesco Totti's 74th-minute strike against Sampdoria was every bit as impressive. The Italy striker not only scored two, but he also created Roma's other two goals, scored by Simone Perrotta and Christian Panucci. The Giallorossi comfortably won, 4-2, but Totti's strike, his second of the game, put the match beyond doubt with 15 minutes to play. If you're familiar with it, think of Marco Van Basten's goal for the Netherlands against the Soviet Union in the final of Euro '88, but from the other side of the field. With Totti loping wide-very wide-out on the left, Christian Chivu sent a long cross-field pass just over his defender's head which the Roma captain dispatched with tremendous velocity on the full volley with his left-foot-his weaker foot-leaving every Sampdoria fan and player in the stadium wondering: "How in the world do you defend against that?" Definitely among the best the Roma legend has ever scored, the goal left Roma and Doria fans alike applauding what was a sublime piece of technique. Be sure to look for it, and Ronaldinho's goal against Villarreal, on YouTube. After Inter Milan beat second-place Palermo 2-1 in Sicily, Roma moved into second place in Serie A, with 29 points, three points behind Inter.

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