By Paolo Corradini
S.S. Lazio earned a first victory in the Rome derby for five years against AS Roma as Serie A resumed while AC Milan cut the gap on leaders Juventus FC to two points.
Di Canio opener
At the Stadio Olimpico, Paolo Di Canio opened the scoring for Lazio on the half-hour, volleying in Fabio Liverani's pass, only for Antonio Cassano to head Roma level nine minutes past the hour. Parity lasted only five minutes, however, as César latched on to Di Canio's clever flick to restore Lazio's lead with a low shot, and Tommaso Rocchi made the points safe with a third five minutes from time.
Earlier, Hernán Crespo struck a hat-trick as Milan began the new year with an emphatic 5-2 home win against US Lecce.
Milan were 2-0 ahead by half-time thanks to two Crespo goals and, after Andriy Shevchenko had made it three, the Argentinian striker completed his hat-trick 12 minutes into the second half. Lecce responded to Rossoneri defender Alessandro Nesta's 75th-minute dismissal by scoring twice through Valeri Bojinov and Marco Cassetti but Jon Dahl Tomasson then completed the scoring with Milan's fifth.
A late equaliser from Marco Marchionni denied Juventus victory at Parma FC. The Bianconeri took the lead 19 minutes into the second half through Zlatan Ibrahimovic's header but the home side restored parity five minutes from time when Marchionni scored from close range. The result left Juventus with 40 points to Milan's 38.
Bottom teams win
Parma remained second from bottom despite that point as the clubs either side of them both won. Atalanta BC's first victory of the season - Igor Budan's solitary goal was enough to beat ACF Fiorentina in Bergamo - moved the bottom club on to ten points, while third-bottom AC Siena have 16 points after a handsome 3-1 win at AC Chievo Verona, Tore André Flo scoring twice.
Third-placed Udinese Calcio lost 2-0 at UC Sampdoria, Francesco Flachi and Marcello Castellin scoring the goals for Samp who are going well in fifth place. The Genoese club are level on 27 points with fourth-placed FC Internazionale Milano who ran out 2-0 winners at Livorno Calcio. Despite an early missed penalty from Adriano, Marco Materazzi's 42nd-minute header and a Christian Vieri spot-kick 16 minutes from time earned Inter the victory.
Cagliari Calcio climbed to sixth as they came from behind for a 2-1 home success against FC Messina Peloro, Mauro Esposito and Massimo Gobbi getting the goals. Elsewhere, Luigi Di Biagio was on target to earn Brescia Calcio a 1-1 draw against Bologna FC, his 67th-minute penalty cancelling out a first-half goal from Igli Tare, while Shunsuke Nakamura scored the only goal as Reggina Calcio defeated US Città di Palermo.
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