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Roma set a record of 11 consecutive Serie A victories when goals by Rodrigo Taddei and Alberto Aquilani earned a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Lazio on Sunday.

Roma’s run of wins beat the previous best of 10 in a row held jointly by Juventus (1931-32), Milan (1950-51) and Bologna (1963-64).

The derby win maintained Roma’s hold on fourth spot in the table with 54 points from 27 matches.

Injured Roma star Francesco Totti, who watched from the stands following surgery on his broken leg, hailed the efforts of his teammates.

“Now we are in the history, Roma are historical,” he declared.

“It has been hard staying out and seeing my team-mates playing, but thanks to them this has been a really fantastic thing.”

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti was equally delighted.

“We’ve made history,” he told reporters. “In terms of a one-off achievement I’d say it’s the biggest thing I’ve done in my career so far.

“We must emphasise the performance of these guys, because they have beaten a really good Lazio team, who gave us a hard match,” he said.

“We have been lucky in gaining the advantage and then we capitalised on it.

“Considering also the fact we were missing a really important player like Totti, we must give congratulations to these players. This win can give us a lot.”

“It’s a shame we dropped so many points at the start of the season. At least we’re making them up now,” said Spalletti.

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