By Paolo Corradini
AC Milan suffered a serious setback to their Serie A title hopes as they lost 1-0 away against AS Livorno Calcio on Sunday.
Just a week after narrowing the gap at the Serie A summit, defeat at the Armando Picchi meant Milan fell five points behind Juventus FC, who coasted to a 2-0 victory against Brescia Calcio. Corrado Colombo's second goal in as many games gave Livorno their impressive win against the Italian champions, who would have taken the lead midway through the first half had Kakà's long-range effort not been denied by the post. After Colombo broke the deadlock in the 28th minute, things went from bad to worse for Milan, who had defender Alessandro Nesta sent off for a second bookable offence in added time.
In contrast, Juve had an enjoyable afternoon at the Delle Alpi, racing into an 12th-minute lead thanks to French striker David Trezeguet - his second goal since returning from injury ten days ago. Maurizo Domizzi's own goal doubled the Bianconeri's lead two minutes before half-time, when the defender deflected Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cross past Luca Castellazzi and into his own net.
Two goals inside the first four minutes set fifth-placed UC Sampdoria on course for victory against S.S.Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico. Vitali Kutuzov's quickfire opener was followed by a fourth-minute Francesco Flachi penalty and although Paolo Di Canio had a chance to halve the deficit five minutes later, Sampdoria goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli saved his spot-kick. Tommaso Rocchi eventually found the net for the Rome club on the hour, but they could not find an equaliser.
Vincenzo Montella's 17th Serie A goal of the season secured all three points for Lazio's city rivals AS Roma against ACF Fiorentina in Florence. The Rome club fell behind on 20 minutes when Enzo Maresca fired in from long distance, but Antonio Cassano beat Christian Lupatelli with an angled shot from close range to restore parity three minutes later. Montella's solo effort, deflecting in off Lupatelli's right boot, sealed a 2-1 victory for Roma.
Elsewhere, Emiliano Bonazzoli and Marco Borriello were on target as Reggina Calcio earned a 2-0 win away against third-placed Udinese Calcio to climb up to seventh, while AC Siena drew 0-0 with US Città di Palermo. A solitary Arturo Di Napoli goal gave FC Messina Peloro a 1-0 victory against Parma FC and US Lecce moved six points clear of the relegation zone after defeating bottom side Atalanta BC 1-0, Valeri Bojinov's eleventh's goal of the season proving the difference.
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