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Inter stage spectacular recovery

Published: Monday 10 January 2005, 0.59CET
FC Internazionale Milano sensationally beat UC Sampdoria on a day when Juventus FC moved four points clear. features

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Published: Monday 10 January 2005, 0.59CET

Inter stage spectacular recovery

FC Internazionale Milano sensationally beat UC Sampdoria on a day when Juventus FC moved four points clear.

By Paolo Corradini

FC Internazionale Milano staged a spectacular comeback to preserve their unbeaten record and move fourth in Serie A with a 3-2 win against UC Sampdoria at the San Siro on Sunday.

Late turnaround
The visitors were 2-0 ahead with just two minutes of normal time remaining thanks to goals from Max Tonetto and Vitali Kutuzov. But just as it seemed Inter would finally surrender their 17-match undefeated start to the season, they scored three goals in quick succession through Obafemi Martins, Christian Vieri and Alvaro Recoba to turn the match on its head.

Camoranesi double
Juventus FC remain top of Serie A after defeating AS Livorno Calcio 4-2. Juve captain Alessandro Del Piero opened the scoring after 17 minutes and Mauro Camoranesi doubled the lead seven minutes later. Livorno halved the deficit through Vidigal just before half-time but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 75th-minute strike restored the two-goal cushion. Matteo Melara scored Livorno's second only for a late penalty from Camoranesi to underline the Bianconeri's dominance.

'Winter champions'
AC Milan travelled to Sicily but were unable to unlock a stubborn US Città di Palermo defence, instead settling for a goalless draw which ensured Juve wrapped up the unofficial winter championship, as they enjoy a four-point lead with one game to go until the midway point in the season.

Udinese delight
Antonio Di Natale's strike and an own goal from Francesco Pisano gave third-placed Udinese Calcio a 2-0 victory against Cagliari Calcio, keeping them four points clear of Inter. AS Roma climbed to sixth after bouncing back from their Rome derby loss to defeat Atalanta BC 2-1 thanks to two Vincenzo Montella goals.

Lazio comeback
S.S. Lazio moved to ninth as they came from behind to seal a 3-2 win at ACF Fiorentina, while Bologna FC earned a 3-1 home win against AC Chievo Verona, Tomas Locatelli, Igli Tare and Claudio Bellucci getting the goals.

Gilardino goal
Elsewhere, Massimo Donati and Alessandro Parisi were on target as FC Messina Peloro earned a 2-0 win against Brescia Calcio and Mozart called the tune as Reggina Calcio drew 1-1 with US Lecce, his penalty cancelling out a first-half goal from Lecce's Babu. Finally, Alberto Gilardino scored the only goal as Parma FC won at AC Siena.

Last updated: 10/01/05 13.46CET



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