Short Soccer, October 23, 2012

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 October, 2012, 2:58am

Totti now third-best scorer in Serie A

Roma icon Francesco Totti scored his 217th goal in Italy's top flight to make third spot in Serie A's all-time scoring list his own in a thrilling 4-2 defeat of Genoa. Totti went into the match tied on a career 216 league goals with Jose Altafini and Giuseppe Meazza after scoring against Sampdoria at the end of last month. Totti is now only eight goals short of the second place held by Sweden's Gunnar Nordahl, the former AC Milan and Roma forward who scored 225 goals between 1949 and 1958. AFP

Falcao stunner puts Atletico on joint top

Radamel Falcao scored a stunning last-minute free-kick to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad and keep his team level with Barcelona on 22 points at the top of La Liga. The right-footed, curling strike was Falcao's ninth league goal of the campaign and the win was Atletico's 10th straight in all competitions. "Both sides went for the win, especially in the second half, but we had Falcao. He puts in a lot of practice to improve that side of his game and we saw the consequence," said coach Diego Simeone. AFP

Egypt's Ahly reach CAF finals after Nagy goal

Mohamed "Geddo" Nagy confirmed his recent return to scoring form with the winner as Al Ahly of Egypt beat Sunshine Stars of Nigeria 1-0 in Cairo to reach the CAF Champions League final. A deflected shot past goalkeeper Moses Ocheje after 28 minutes at the empty June 30 stadium settled the second leg of the semi-final after a 3-3 draw in Nigeria two weeks ago. Record six-time African champions Ahly advanced 4-3 overall and face bitter rivals and title holders Esperance of Tunisia over two legs. The final will be staged during November with a two-week break between fixtures and the champions pocket US$1.5 million plus a place at the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan. Geddo is now on four goals having scored just once before the semis. AFP

Kirkland attacker jailed for 16 weeks

A 21-year-old man was jailed for 16 weeks yesterday after admitting to attacking England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during a televised game in the second-tier English Championship. Aaron Cawley, from Cheltenham in south-west England, pleaded guilty to assault and invading the pitch during Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw at home to Leeds United on Friday night. Cawley appeared before magistrates in Sheffield having been arrested for running onto the pitch and shoving Kirkland in the face. AFP