Serie A: Ibrahimovic double as Inter thrash Roma

October 19, 2008

ROME, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as champions Inter Milan thrashed struggling AS Roma 4-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday to move two points clear at the top of Serie A.

The Sweden striker was on target at the start of both halves before Dejan Stankovic and Victor Obinna completed the rout with powerful shots from the edge of the area in the 54th and 56th minute.

Three teams are tied in second place with 14 points - Catania, who beat Sicilian rivals Palermo 2-0, Udinese, who drew 2-2 at Lecce, and Napoli, 2-1 victors over Juventus on Saturday.

AC Milan are a point further back after Ronaldinho struck twice and Filippo Inzaghi scored a late goal to secure a 3-0 win over Sampdoria, who had Stefano Lucchini sent off for handling the ball that gifted the Brazilian his opener from the spot.

Last year's runners-up Roma fell to their fourth defeat in seven games despite the return of captain Francesco Totti, who made his first start in the league this season after knee surgery, and are nine points off the pace.