A double from Emerson helped AS Roma to a 3-1 win against Bologna FC today but their title rivals Internazionale FC also won to maintain their three-point lead at the top.
Champions Roma saw off their high-flying opponents with an excellent display at the Olimpico stadium that also featured another goal for Vincenzo Montella, who scored twice for Italy in their 2-1 midweek win over England. Montella started their scoring in the 32nd minute, finishing off a surging run by Gabriel Batistuta.
Emerson then added a second just before the interval and made the game safe in the 52nd minute. Bologna battled back in vain but did get a consolation through Argentinian striker Julio Cruz nine minutes from time. It was just the result Roma wanted after their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Inter last Sunday night.
Vieri ensures victory
Inter's slender hold on pole position continued after Christian Vieri's 61st-minute goal was enough to beat AC Fiorentina 1-0 at the Artemio Franchi stadium. The strike was the Italy forward's 20th goal of the season.
Juventus lose ground
In Saturday's late game, Juventus FC lost ground on the top two after being held to a 1-1 draw at the Delle Alpi stadium. Argentinian striker Claudio López fired visitors S.S. Lazio into a 23rd minute lead but Juventus striker David Trezeguet levelled the score seven minutes before the break.
At the other end of the table, AC Venezia became the first team to be relegated from Serie A this season with a 2-1 defeat at US Lecce. Venezia, with 16 points, cannot now overhaul Brescia Calcio and Atalanta BC with just five games left to play. Udinese Calcio narrowly saw off Brescia 3-2 while Atalanta drew 1-1 at home against Piacenza FC.
Elsewhere today, Milan AC were 3-1 winners against Parma AC at the San Siro stadium thanks to two goals from Filippo Inzaghi. Marco di Vaio's goal gave Parma a half-time lead with a powerfully-struck 15th-minute shot, but Inzaghi's diving header levelled the score after 53 minutes. Andrea Pirlo scored Roma's second with a 78th-minute free-kick while Inzaghi wrapped up the game with a late volley.
Meanwhile, AC Perugia drew 2-2 with AC Chievo Verona and Hellas-Verona FC went down 1-0 at home against Torino Calcio.
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