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Italy round-up: Juve miss out in Brescia

Published: Monday 9 December 2002, 0.10CET
Juventus FC missed the chance to join AC Milan at the top of Serie A after falling to a 2-0 defeat.

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Published: Monday 9 December 2002, 0.10CET

Italy round-up: Juve miss out in Brescia

Juventus FC missed the chance to join AC Milan at the top of Serie A after falling to a 2-0 defeat.

Italian champions Juventus FC missed the chance to join leaders AC Milan at the top of Serie A after suffering their first league defeat of the season on Sunday.

Schopp and Tare on target
Goals from Markus Schopp and Igli Tare condemned Juventus, who could have moved level on 29 points with Milan, to a 2-0 defeat at Brescia Calcio. Midfield player Schopp headed past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the 78th minute to give Brescia a surprise lead and Albanian striker Tare added a second goal six minutes later. Brescia then held on for the three points despite having Francesco Matuzalem sent off with two minutes remaining.

Adriano double
Elsewhere, two goals by Parma AC's 20-year-old Brazilian striker Adriano gave them a comfortable 2-0 win over Reggina Calcio, while Modena FC and Como Calcio drew 1-1 in a match between two of last season's promoted sides. A late goal by Como forward Sasa Bjelanovic cancelled out Giuseppe Sculli's 67th-minute opener.

Tragedy for Atalanta
The bottom-of-the-table encounter between Torino Calcio and Atalanta BC was postponed after Atalanta team doctor Walter Polini was found dead in his hotel room an hour and three quarters before the start of the game.

Stalemate in Perugia
Piacenza FC will be the happier of two mid-table clubs following their goalless draw at AC Perugia. Piacenza, three places below their opponents before kick-off, were good value for their point as a match that offered few clear-cut chances failed to spark into life.

Spalletti delight
Udinese Calcio coach Luciano Spalletti's meeting with former club Empoli FC was a happy one as Vicenzo Iaquinta's last-gasp penalty sealed a dramatic 2-1 home win. David Pizarro fired the hosts ahead from the spot after ten minutes, but Ighli Vannucchi levelled the scores 13 minutes later. The game appeared to be heading for a draw until Iaquinta clinched the points in added time.

Late game
AC Chievo Verona and Bologna FC played out a goalless draw in Sunday's late game. Neither side could find a way to break the deadlock and Chievo remain one place above their opponents, level on 23 points in fifth and sixth places respectively.
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