Internazionale FC took over at the top of Serie A after coming from behind to beat Atalanta BC 4-2, while AC Chievo Verona lost 3-2 against Milan AC on Sunday.
Inter took full advantage of Chievo's defeat but had to fight hard for their win in Bergamo. Luigi di Biagio gave the visitors an eighth-minute lead with a close-range shot but Atalanta drew level when Corrado Colombo played Cristiano Doni in with a neat back-heel and the midfield player made no mistake.
Doni then put Atalanta ahead in the 22nd minute with a penalty but a Christian Vieri penalty on the hour drew Inter level. The Italy striker then put his side ahead 15 minutes later with a fine header from an Alvaro Recoba cross. Sierra Leone forward Mohammed Kallon secured Inter's win with a late, deflected shot past goalkeeper Massimo Taibi.
Chievo were making their first ever appearance at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium and can consider themselves unlucky to have left pointless. The Verona side went behind in the 15th minute when Filippo Inzaghi scored with a header from a Serginho cross. Massimo Marazzina's fine strike drew them level and a Bernardo Corradi header gave Chievo a 2-1 lead at the break.
Milan levelled in the 58th minute when the referee spotted an infringement inside the area and Andriy Shevchenko slotted home the penalty. Six minutes later the Ukraine striker headed home a Rui Costa cross for the winner and his ninth goal of the season. Milan played the last 23 minutes with ten men after Inzaghi was carried off injured with all Carlo Ancelotti's substitutes used.
Close at the top
Inter now lead the way with 25 points, with Chievo two points behind in second place ahead of reigning champions AS Roma on goals scored. Roma needed a late deflected shot from Diego Fuser to beat bottom-club AC Venezia after struggling to break down the defence throughout the game. Brazilian defender Aldair was sent off in the 83rd minute before substitute Fuser struck in the final minute.
Udinese come from behind
Goals from Hernán Crespo and Simone Inzaghi gave S.S. Lazio a 2-1 win at US Lecce while Udinese Calcio came back from two goals down to beat struggling Parma AC 3-2. Marco di Vaio had put Parma two goals up inside four minutes but Roberto Muzzi scored twice for Roy Hodgson's side before Martin Jørgensen grabbed the winner with a fine solo effort.
Piacenza FC striker Paolo Poggi scored one of the fastest goals in Serie A history as he put his side ahead inside ten seconds at AC Fiorentina. Piacenza went on to win the game 3-1 for their first away victory of the season. Hellas-Verona FC beat Brescia Calcio 2-0 while Bologna FC defeated Torino Calcio 1-0 in the Sunday evening match. A fifth-minute header by midfield player Renato Olive was enough to give Bologna the points and move them level with Lazio and Juventus FC on 20 points.
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