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Italy round-up: Inzaghi puts Milan top

Published: Saturday 7 December 2002, 20.30CET
AC Milan lead the way after a 1-0 win against AS Roma, while Internazionale FC drew with S.S. Lazio.

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Published: Saturday 7 December 2002, 20.30CET

Italy round-up: Inzaghi puts Milan top

AC Milan lead the way after a 1-0 win against AS Roma, while Internazionale FC drew with S.S. Lazio.

AC Milan returned to the top of Serie A with a 1-0 win against AS Roma, while Internazionale FC produced a stunning comeback to earn a draw at previous leaders S.S. Lazio.

Milan on top
On a day which saw the two Milan giants take on their counterparts from Rome, Milan came out on top and Carlo Ancelotti's side took over from Lazio at the top of the table after Filippo Inzaghi scored the only goal of the game at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium.

Inzaghi strike
With 17 minutes remaining of a typically tense encounter, Inzaghi – a second-half substitute for Serginho - got on the end of a pass from his strike partner, Ukrainian international Andriy Shevchenko, before beating Francesco Antonioli in the Roma goal to take all three points.

Incredible comeback
However, the goal would have counted for little had Inter not come back from 3-0 down at the Olimpico stadium to steal a 3-3 draw against Lazio. Roberto Mancini's side had gone into the game with a one-point lead at the top of Serie A and looked set to maintain their advantage when a first-half hat-trick from Claudio Lopez gave them a commanding lead.

Lopez hat-trick
First, Lopez beat Francesco Toldo from the penalty spot to open the scoring after ten minutes, before doubling his side's advantage after 31 minutes and scoring a second goal from close range eight minutes later to complete his treble.

Two for Emre
Portuguese defender Fernando Couto turned the ball past his own goalkeeper following good work by Hernán Crespo before half-time to give Internazionale some hope, but few would have expected what happened next as Turkish midfield player Emre Belözoglu scored twice in ten minutes with excellent long-range efforts to level the scores.

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