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Italy round-up: Juventus back in title battle

Published: Sunday 7 April 2002, 20.05CET
Juventus FC roared back into the race for the Serie A title with a 4-0 win at AC Perugia. features

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Published: Sunday 7 April 2002, 20.05CET

Italy round-up: Juventus back in title battle

Juventus FC roared back into the race for the Serie A title with a 4-0 win at AC Perugia.

Juventus FC roared back into the race for the Serie A title with a 4-0 win at AC Perugia today as leaders Internazionale FC suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home against Atalanta BC and AS Roma could only draw 2-2 at already-relegated AC Venezia.

Four games remaining
With four games remaining Inter have 62 points, with Roma two points behind and Juventus third on 59 points.

Trezeguet on target
David Trezeguet opened the scoring for Juventus with a close-range effort after just nine minutes, before Sean Sogliano fouled Alessandro del Piero in the dying second of the first half and the Italian international picked himself up to score from the penalty spot.

Del Piero double
Cristian Zenoni made it 3-0 with a smart volley eleven minutes into the second period and Del Piero's scored his second goal of the match to complete the scoring with a fine finish on the hour mark. Six points behind leaders Inter at the start of play, Juventus edged closer to the league summit after Héctor Cúper's side went down against Atalanta.

Poor form
If Inter are to end the season with their first Scudetto since 1989, they are going to have to battle their way out of their current debilitating rut. Defeat by Feyenoord in the UEFA Cup on Thursday was a blow, and today's loss at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium raises questions over their claims to the Serie A crown.

Berretta winner
After a difficult first half, which ended with them trailing to Luigi Sala's 43rd-minute header, Christian Vieri levelled the scores just two minutes after the restart. Daniele Berretta then restored Atalanta's lead in the 63rd minute and there was no way back for Inter, who left Ronaldo on the bench throughout.

Montella the hero
With three minutes remaining at the Pierluigi Penzo stadium in Venezia, Roma trailed 2-0 but substitute Vincenzo Montella scored two late penalties as Fabio Capello's side escaped with a point to stay in second place in the table. After a goalless first half, Filippo Maniero and Ivone de Franceschi struck to give Venezia a two-goal lead but Montella was the hero with spot-kicks in the 87th and 89th minutes.

Milan held
In the race for the fourth UEFA Champions League spot AC Chievo Verona and Milan AC drew 1-1, with Fabio Moro cancelling out Filippo Inzaghi's 12th-minute strike. Bologna FC still hold fourth place after their 1-1 draw at Torino Calcio on Saturday.

Parma in charge
Parma AC moved into tenth place in the table with a convincing 2-0 home victory against Udinese Calcio. Aimo Diana opened the scoring in the 25th minute, before Turkish international Hakan Sükür sealed the win 14 minutes from time.

Fiorentina on the brink
AC Fiorentina's relegation from Serie A was all but confirmed by their 3-0 defeat at Piacenza FC. Francelino Matuzalém, Sergio Volpi and Dario Hubner were all on target as Fiorentina lost for the 18th time this season. Elsewhere, Brescia Calcio and FC Hellas-Verona, both still not clear of the relegation zone, played out a goalless draw.

Evening match
S.S. Lazio beat US Lecce 1-0 at the Olympico stadium in the evening match. Stefano Fiore scored the only goal of the match after 68 minutes, while Lecce had striker Davor Vugrinec sent off in the final minute.

Last updated: 08/04/02 10.41CET