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"Capello's decision to play Montella from the start proved decisive"
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banner Sunday, 17 June, 2001, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Roma clinch Italian title
Vincenzo Montella
Montella celebrates scoring Roma's second goal
Roma emphatically beat Parma at the Stadio Olimpico to claim their first scudetto in 18 years.

Goals from Roma's outstanding trio of strikers, Francesco Totti, the recalled Vincenzo Montella and Gabriel Batistuta, cancelled out a late strike from Marco di Vaio.

But the win was marred by a pitch invasion by home fans that caused the game to be stopped for 20 minutes.

The final five minutes of the game were eventually re-played but thousands of fans again broke police lines to get onto the pitch.

The stadium was filled to its 80,000 capacity and Roma officials insisted that they could have sold the ground out three times over.

The home side, who needed to win to guarantee themselves the title, started nervously.

Chaotic scenes

But they quickly settled when Totti gave them the lead after 19 minutes.

The Italian international met a Cafu cross with a powerful first-time shot that gave Parma keeper Gianluigi Buffon no chance.

Vincenzo Montella
Montella is mobbed by Roma fans during the game
Roma then proceeded to dominate and scored a second goal through the Montella shortly before half-time.

He slotted home a rebound after Buffon had saved from Batistuta.

Parma put up dogged resistance and threatened through Di Vaio's pace on the break, but they never looked like stopping Roma winning the title.

Batistuta scored a third goal with a brilliant individual effort in the 78th minute before Di Vaio capitalised on some poor defending to peg a goal back for the visitors minutes later.

The game was then stopped for 20 minutes amid chaotic scenes. Thousands of Roma fans ran onto the pitch and ripped the shirts and shorts off several players.

Juventus runners-up

There were bizarre scenes as the likes of Totti and Montella walked around in their underwear.

Eventually the sides returned to the pitch to play out the final five minutes and Roma held on.

The game between Juventus and Atalanta in Turin also had to be stopped because of a pitch invasion.

Juve eventually sealed a 2-1 win to finish as runners-up in Serie A for the second consecutive year.

French striker David Trezeguet and Italian midfielder Alessio Tacchinardi scored for the home side, with Marco Nappi getting a goal back for Atalanta.

Lazio finished in third place despite a surprising 2-1 loss away at Lecce.

Gaetano Vasari was the hero for lowly Lecce scoring both of their goals after Argentine striker Hernan Crespo had given Lazio the lead.

But Napoli and Vicenza will be plying their trade in Serie B next season after being relegated despite last day victories.

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