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Italy round-up: Milan triumph in local derby

Published: Saturday 23 November 2002, 20.44CET
AC Milan went top of Serie A by beating Internazionale FC 1-0 in the Milan derby. features

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Published: Saturday 23 November 2002, 20.44CET

Italy round-up: Milan triumph in local derby

AC Milan went top of Serie A by beating Internazionale FC 1-0 in the Milan derby.
AC Milan went top of Serie A by beating Internazionale FC 1-0 in the Milan derby, while Juventus FC were held by Bologna FC.

Early goal
 An early goal by winger Serginho was enough to give Milan a win against their fierce local rivals. The Brazilian ran onto a defence-splitting pass from compatriot Rivaldo and rounded Inter goalkeeper Francesco Toldo to score in the 13th minute.

Capacity crowd
The win, in front of a capacity 78,000 crowd at the San Siro, left AC Milan leading the standings on goal difference from second-placed Juventus, who were held 1-1 at home earlier on Saturday by Bologna. Inter are in third place.

Missed chance
Christian Vieri wasted Inter's best chance of getting back on level terms when he fired over from inside the six-metre box with just over 15 minutes left on the clock.

Late equaliser
Italian champions and previous leaders Juventus snatched an equaliser through defender Mark Iuliano four minutes from time to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to fifth-placed Bologna FC on Saturday.

Stars rested
Juventus coach Marcello Lippi, whose side face Spain's RC Deportivo La Coruña in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, opted to leave strikers Alessandro Del Piero and Marco Di Vaio and Dutch midfield player Edgar Davids on the bench. He paid the price as his team initially struggled against Francesco Guidolin's enterprising side.

Bologna go close
Bologna began well and had a great chance in the eighth minute when Renato Olive burst through but screwed his shot wide. Giuseppe Signori also spurned a good chance just before half-time, and the visitors continued to have the better of the game after the break.

Penalty breaks deadlock
In the 65th minute Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon was forced into an excellent double save to keep out successive efforts from Julio Cruz and Leonardo Colucci. However, only a minute later, Buffon brought down Cruz inside the area and Signori strode up to convert the spot kick.

Headed equaliser
Juve then brought on a trio of substitutes, including Del Piero. Another of them, Argentine Mauro Camoranesi, put over the corner which Iuliano headed home in the 86th minute. However, the champions might still have lost, as Bologna's Tomas Locatelli struck the post with a powerful shot in added time.

Last updated: 24/11/02 20.04CET


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