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Italy round-up: Vieri to the rescue for Inter

Published: Saturday 19 October 2002, 20.34CET
Striker Christian Vieri earned Internazionale FC a 1-1 draw against Juventus FC in Milan while AS Roma's revival continued with a win.

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Published: Saturday 19 October 2002, 20.34CET

Italy round-up: Vieri to the rescue for Inter

Striker Christian Vieri earned Internazionale FC a 1-1 draw against Juventus FC in Milan while AS Roma's revival continued with a win.

Internazionale FC and Juventus FC drew a remarkable Serie A match 1-1 in Milan on Saturday after a last-ditch goal by Inter striker Christian Vieri.

Del Piero penalty
The game had looked as though it was heading Juventus' way when Alessandro Del Piero scored from the penalty spot after Inter defender Francesco Coco was adjudged to have brought down Mauro Camoranesi two minutes from the end of normal time.

Frantic finale
But a frenetic and bad-tempered finale - in which referee Pierluigi Collina sent off Juventus's Antonio Conte and Inter's Domenico Morfeo for brawling shortly before the final whistle - ended with Vieri converting a corner four minutes into injury time.

Inter stop of the table
The home draw leaves Inter three points ahead of second-placed AC Milan at the top of Serie A and champions Juventus in third on nine points, level with AS Roma, who earlier secured a 3-1 victory away to this season's surprise package Empoli FC, thanks to two goals in three minutes.

Quick goals
Brazilian international Emerson and French star Vincent Candela struck in quick succession to ensure the 2001 champions' shaky start to the season faded further from the memory. Emerson gave the away side the lead in the 31st minute, driving the ball low through a crowd of defenders from a Candela corner.

Tommasi seals win
Three minutes later Candela turned scorer as he doubled the visitors' advantage, striking the ball high past Empoli goalkeeper Gianluca Berti. The home side gave themselves hope when Antonio Di Natale pulled a goal back, volleying into the net, but Damiano Tommasi had the last word for Roma, wrapping up the victory with a goal in stoppage time.

Empoli slip to sixth
Empoli began the day two places ahead of their more illustrious visitors, but slipped to sixth following this defeat.

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