By Paolo Corradini
Brazilian striker Adriano's first goal in three months gave FC Internazionale Milano a 2-1 Serie A win against US Lecce at the Giuseppe Meazza on Sunday.
The visitors went ahead after 21 minutes through Alex Pinardi but Inter restored parity soon after thanks to a header from Colombian defender Iván Cordoba. The home side controlled possession for large sections of the match after the break and scored what proved to be the decisive goal with just a minute remaining. Angelo fouled substitute Julio Cruz in the penalty area and Adriano converted the resultant spot-kick.
Third-placed Sampdoria stayed one point ahead of Inter thanks to Andrea Gasbarroni's fortuitous strike against AC Chievo Verona. Chievo controlled the game throughout and had Lorenzo D'Anna's re-taken penalty saved by Sampdoria goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli during the second-half. The turning point came with ten minutes remaining when John Mensah was sent off for a professional foul. The ensuing Francesco Flachi free-kick was deflected into the net by Gasbarroni.
Igli Tare's fifth goal of the season was enough to give Bologna FC a vital win at Udinese Calcio. The Albanian forward netted after five minutes, but the home side hit back strongly only to be denied by a fantastic performance by Bologna's 38-year-old goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca.
As a result, surprise-package US Città di Palermo moved above Udinese into fifth, despite being held to a 2-2 draw at AS Livorno Calcio. Luca Toni celebrated his 100th Serie A appearance with the opening goal for the visitors after 26 minutes. However, Palermo's Cristian Zaccardo was then dismissed in the 56th minute for a second bookable offence and Livorno soon restored parity through Alessandro Lucarelli.
Relegation fears eased
A second Toni goal handed Palermo back the lead on 64 minutes but Dario Passoni made sure the game finished level with a 73rd-minute long-range effort that puts Livorno six points clear of the relegation zone.
Elsewhere, Carmine Coppola's goal was enough to give FC Messina Peloro victory against S.S. Lazio, while Giampaolo Pazzini and Fabrizio Miccoli were on target as ACF Fiorentina overcame Reggina Calcio 2-1 in Florence.
Brescia Calcio earned a crucial 3-2 win at AC Siena thanks to goals from Luigi Di Biagio, Andrea Caracciolo and Daniele Mannini, and a last-gasp effort from Brazilian midfield player Simplicio helped Parma FC to defeat Cagliari Calcio 3-2.
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