Inter go top of Serie A after routing Roma

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ROME, Sep 30 (Reuters) Inter Milan went top of Serie A with a 4-1 win in a top-of-the table clash against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the champions in front with a spot-kick in the 29th minute after Ludovic Giuly had handled a goal-bound header and earned himself a red card.

It was the Swedish striker's seventh goal of the campaign.

Roma hit back eight minutes after the break, when Italy midfielder Simone Perrotta took advantage of some careless defending by Inter's Maxwell to even the scores.

The visitors regained the lead almost immediately through substitute Hernan Crespo, who smashed home the rebound of a shot t by his Argentine compatriot Esteban Cambiasso.

Julio Cruz made his mark in the 60th minute with a low left-footed drive from outside the penalty area.

Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba sealed the win with a header in the 68th minute, yesterday.

Inter lead with 14 points from six games, three points more than Roma, who suffered their first defeat of the season.

REUTERS BJR RK1015

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