Meanwhile all roads led to Rome for Taylor who was checking on Paul Gascoigne's form and fitness before England's first World Cup qualifying match against Norway next Wednesday.
Taylor saw Gascoigne inspire Lazio to a 5-2 win over Parma in Serie A, even though the England midfielder only played for 67 minutes before being substituted.
Nigel Benn found the eternal city distinctly unfraternal when he was booed after taking the World Boxing Council super- middleweight title from Mauro Galvano, of Italy, who failed to come out for the fourth round.
On Sunday Europe's women had an underdog-day-afternoon at Dalmahoy as they defeated America to win the Solheim Cup.
Scarborough, too, defied the odds by knocking Coventry City out of the Coca-Cola Cup.Reuse content