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Italy round-up: Inter join Juve at summit

Published: Sunday 23 February 2003, 23.30CET
Internazionale FC moved level on points with leaders Juventus FC, while S.S. Lazio faltered.

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Published: Sunday 23 February 2003, 23.30CET

Italy round-up: Inter join Juve at summit

Internazionale FC moved level on points with leaders Juventus FC, while S.S. Lazio faltered.

Internazionale FC moved level on points with Serie A leaders Juventus FC with a 3-1 home victory against Piacenza FC on Sunday.

Tight at the top
The win moved Inter up to 45 points with Juventus, who won 3-1 at Como Calcio on Saturday, while third-placed AC Milan’s match at Torino Calcio the same day was abandoned due to crowd trouble with the away side leading 3-0.

Strikers on target
Three goals in four minutes midway through the second half proved to be enough for Inter, who took the lead with a Gabriel Batistuta goal after 63 minutes. Christian Vieri then scored twice in two minutes to secure all three points for the home side, with Dario Hubner’s 89th-minute goal little consolation for Piacenza.

Lazio held
S.S. Lazio lost more ground on the top teams as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Atalanta BC, which left the Rome side eight points behind Juventus. Meanwhile, neighbours AS Roma continued to struggle and dropped to tenth with a 2-1 defeat at Udinese Calcio. Goals from Roberto Sensini and Vincenzo Iaquinta either side of an equaliser from Roma’s Vincenzo Montella gave the home side the win, while Roma had Jonathan Zebina sent off in the closing stages.

Parma success
In Sunday's late game, Parma AC stepped up their challenge for a European spot with a 2-1 win at AC Perugia. Adriano opened the scoring for Parma on the half-hour mark, but the home side equalised six minutes into the second half through Fabio Grosso. However, Matteo Ferrari scored the winner for Parma 18 minutes from time.

Free-kick goals
Bologna FC defeated Empoli FC 2-0 thanks to goals in either half, with Claudio Bellucci opening the scoring early in the match with a free-kick, before substitute Paolo Vanoli made the game safe for Bologna after 68 minutes, also scoring with a free-kick.

Important wins
Meanwhile, struggling Modena FC secured a crucial win against AC Chievo Verona, with Giuseppe Scull’s 75th-minute volley earning the home side a 1-0 victory, while Brescia Calcio, who had been in danger of being drawn into relegation problems, were also winners, defeating Reggina Calcio 2-1. Roberto Baggio opened the scoring a minute past the hour, but Reggina equalised through David Di Michele, only for Fabio Petruzzi to score Brescia’s winning goal four minutes from time.

Last updated: 24/02/03 9.34CET

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