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Italy round-up: Juventus capitalise on Milan draw

Published: Sunday 16 February 2003, 21.32CET
Juventus FC took advantage of AC Milan's 2-2 draw with S.S. Lazio to move to the top of Serie A. features

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Published: Sunday 16 February 2003, 21.32CET

Italy round-up: Juventus capitalise on Milan draw

Juventus FC took advantage of AC Milan's 2-2 draw with S.S. Lazio to move to the top of Serie A.

AC Milan missed the chance to move to the top of Serie A as they were held to a 2-2 home draw by S.S. Lazio, meaning Juventus FC's 2-1 win at Parma AC instead sent the champions to the head of the standings.

Tight at the top
Juventus took advantage of Internazionale FC’s 2-1 defeat at AC Chievo Verona on Saturday to move level with the Milan club on 45 points and top of the table on goal difference.

Headed goals
Former Parma striker Marco Di Vaio gave Juve the lead after 13 minutes, heading in a Pavel Nedved corner, before midfield player Alessio Tacchinardi doubled the advantage on the half-hour mark. Parma fought back in the second period. Romanian midfield player Adrian Mutu saw his free-kick hit the crossbar before finding the target with another effort in the final minute, but the goal came too late for Parma.

Lazio in command
Milan are a further two points adrift, having fought back from two goals down at home to Lazio to salvage a 2-2 draw. First-half strikes from Dejan Stankovic and a Claudio López penalty put Lazio in charge, but the introduction of Filippo Inzaghi as a substitute turned the match in Milan's favour.

Inzaghi inspirational
Inzaghi pulled a goal back for the home side after 62 minutes, before Brazilian international Rivaldo equalised eight minutes later. Despite mounting pressure in the closing stages, Milan could not quite find a winning goal.

Reggina revival
At the bottom of the table, Reggina Calcio’s recent revival continued with an impressive 4-1 home win against fellow strugglers Como Calcio. Despite falling behind to an eleventh-minute header from Nicola Caccia, Reggina rallied and two goals from midfield player Francesco Cozza, the first a deflected free-kick and the second a powerful header, turned the game before half-time.

Important victory
Late goals from Aimo Diana and Mozart sealed an important win for Reggina, while Piacenza FC also claimed three precious points with a 3-1 win against Bologna FC. Goals in the first half from Dario Hübner from the penalty spot and Enzo Maresca put Piacenza 2-0 in front. Ciro de Cesare’s first Serie A goal meant that Claudio Bellucci’s late goal was little consolation for Bologna, who have taken only one point from their last seven league games.

Points shared
Elsewhere, Atalanta BC drew 0-0 at home with Udinese Calcio, while two early goals, from Marco Carparelli and Zisis Vryzas respectively, ensured the game between Empoli FC and AC Perugia finished 1-1. That was also the score between Torino Calcio and Modena FC, with the home side’s Simone Vergassola cancelling out Omar Milanetto's opening goal for Modena.

Last updated: 17/02/03 17.55CET