Christian Vieri was in devastating form for Internazionale FC today, scoring all four goals as his side beat Brescia Calcio 4-0.
Inter had dropped to fourth in Serie A after last week's defeat by AC Milan, but they showed no mercy to their struggling opponents as Vieri registered in the third, 12th, 57th and 83rd minutes to end his side's run of three league games without victory. Inter move back into the top three.
S.S. Lazio are the new leaders following a 3-2 comeback win at Piacenza FC. Lazio, who had won every previous away match this season, fell two goals behind in the first half-hour after Enzo Maresca and Nicola Caccia struck. But Lazio were level by half-time with goals from Argentinian duo Diego Simeone and Claudio López, and although Bernardo Corradi had an effort ruled out on 67 minutes for offside, he made amends in added time when heading the winning goal.
Roma hold Juventus
Juventus FC may have relinquished first place but they were thankful for a point against AS Roma after falling two goals behind in a game which saw three players dismissed. Roma were two ahead after 44 minutes with goals from Francesco Totti and Antonio Cassano. But Alessandro Del Piero pulled one back for Juventus seconds before the break, and Pavel Nedved levelled with five minutes left. Roma's Vincent Candela and Juventus's Alessandro Birindelli were sent off two minutes from the end, and Totti followed in added time.
Shevchenko saves Milan
Milan missed their chance to move to the Serie A summit as they were held 1-1 at Empoli FC. Tommaso Rocchi gave Empoli a surprise lead two minutes before half-time, but Andriy Shevchenko equalised not long after the break to ensure his side remain ahead of Inter.
Torino Calcio remain second bottom after falling to a 4-0 defeat at Parma AC. Matteo Brighi opened the scoring with his first Serie A goal on 15 minutes, and Adrian Mutu made it 2-0 soon after. Brazilian striker Adriano scored twice after the break to seal the win.
Bologna FC had the best of their derby encounter with Modena FC, winning 3-0 thanks to goals from Tomas Locatelli, Julio Cruz and Christian Amoroso in the second half to go sixth. However, the match was marred by a serious injury to a Modena fan who fell from a stand, landing in a pitchside ditch.
AC Perugia pulled further away from the bottom four with their first win at Atalanta BC since 1978. Fabrizio Miccoli opened the scoring after 20 minutes and Massimiliano Fusani ensured Perugia's success ten minutes from the end.
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