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Milan kept in check by late Lecce equaliser

Published: Sunday 16 January 2011, 21.00CET
AC Milan were denied victory at US Lecce by Rubén Olivera's late strike, allowing a FC Internazionale Milano side resurgent under Leonardo to chip away at their lead atop Serie A.
Milan kept in check by late Lecce equaliser
Milan's Antonio Cassano watches on as Lecce celebrate ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 16 January 2011, 21.00CET

Milan kept in check by late Lecce equaliser

AC Milan were denied victory at US Lecce by Rubén Olivera's late strike, allowing a FC Internazionale Milano side resurgent under Leonardo to chip away at their lead atop Serie A.

Rubén Olivera gave the chasing pack cause for optimism after his late equaliser earned struggling US Lecce a deserved 1-1 draw with AC Milan which prevented the visitors from extending their lead in Serie A.

Milan were heading for a six-point cushion over SSC Napoli and S.S. Lazio when Zlatan Ibrahimović (49) audaciously struck a left-foot half-volley into the far corner. With eight minutes remaining, though, Olivera swept a low corner past Marco Amelia.

Napoli dropped points of their own earlier in the day when they were held 0-0 at home by ACF Fiorentina. Lazio took full advantage, joining the Partenopei on 37 points in third place courtesy of a 1-0 home win against UC Sampdoria secured by substitute Libor Kozák's header (84).

AS Roma also profited from late drama as Maximiliano Pellegrino's own goal (89) gave the Giallorossi a 1-0 triumph at lowly AC Cesena. Juventus, 2-1 victors against bottom-of-the-table AS Bari, are fifth, two points and one place ahead of ever-improving FC Internazionale Milano.

Samuel Eto'o scored twice as the champions recorded their sixth successive victory in all competitions, and fourth under Leonardo, in defeating Bologna FC 4-1 at San Siro. Significantly, Inter have two games in hand on all of the teams above them but Leonardo is not entertaining thoughts of the Scudetto.

"There are lots of games to go; now is not the time to start working out all the permutations," said the Inter coach, whose side are nine points shy of Milan. "We just have to keep it up."

Last season's top scorer in Serie A, Antonio Di Natale, took his tally to a league-leading 14 goals with Udinese Calcio's second in a 4-2 triumph at Genoa CFC. Elsewhere, Calcio Catania drew 1-1 with AC Chievo Verona, Brescia Calcio moved within a point of safety by overcoming ten-man Parma FC 2-0, and Cagliari Calcio defeated US Città di Palermo 3-1.

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16/01/2011

LecceLecce1-1MilanMilan

Ruben Olivera 82

Ibrahimović 49

Venue: Lecce

16/01/2011

CataniaCatania1-1ChievoChievo

Maxi López 29 (p)

Pellissier 65

Venue: Catania

16/01/2011

LazioLazio1-0SampdoriaSampdoria

Kozák 84

Venue: Roma

16/01/2011

JuventusJuventus2-1BariBari

Del Piero 43, Aquilani 79

Rudolf 57

Venue: Torino

16/01/2011

BresciaBrescia2-0ParmaParma

Bega 45+5, Diamanti 88

Venue: Brescia

16/01/2011

GenoaGenoa2-4UdineseUdinese

Milanetto 45+1, Destro 57

Armero 27, Di Natale 56, Alexis Sánchez 69, Denis 90

Venue: Genova

16/01/2011

CesenaCesena0-1RomaRoma

Pellegrino 89 (o.g.)

Venue: Cesena

16/01/2011

CagliariCagliari3-1PalermoPalermo

Matri 23, Nocerino 47 (o.g.), Biondini 54

Pastore 50

Venue: Cagliari

15/01/2011

InternazionaleInternazionale4-1BolognaBologna

Stanković 20, Milito 30, Eto'o 63, 72

Giménez 77

Venue: Milano

15/01/2011

NapoliNapoli0-0FiorentinaFiorentina

Venue: Napoli

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