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Italy round-up: Parma and Udinese into UEFA Cup

Published: Saturday 24 May 2003, 20.12CET
Parma AC and Udinese Calcio qualified for the UEFA Cup, while Internazionale FC finished second. features

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Published: Saturday 24 May 2003, 20.12CET

Italy round-up: Parma and Udinese into UEFA Cup

Parma AC and Udinese Calcio qualified for the UEFA Cup, while Internazionale FC finished second.

On the last day of the Serie A season, Parma AC and Udinese Calcio qualified for next season's UEFA Cup, while AC Chievo Verona missed out by a single point.

Away win
Parma finished fifth in the standings with a 2-0 away win at Empoli FC, taking the lead through Romanian forward Adrian Mutu after 16 minutes before Emanuele Filippini wrapped up the three points, adding a second five minutes from time.

Significant victory
Udinese joined Parma on 56 points thanks to a 2-1 win at home to S.S. Lazio, who finished fourth despite the defeat and earned a place in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League. David Pizzarro opened the scoring from the penalty spot, and Marek Jankulovski seemed to have made the game safe when he made the score 2-0 with six minutes remaining, although Claudio López ensured a tense finish with a penalty two minutes later.

Three for Bierhoff
Despite a hat-trick from Oliver Bierhoff, Chievo were defeated 4-3 at champions Juventus FC and finished a point adrift of Parma and Udinese. Two Marcelo Zalayeta goals put Juventus in command and, although Bierhoff pulled a goal back two minutes past the hour, Chievo's hopes seemed to have been ended by the 68th-minute dismissal of Lorenzo D'Anna and David Trezeguet's goal a minute later.

Late winner
However, two goals in nine minutes from Bierhoff brought the away side level, only for Cristian Zenoni to score the decisive goal two minutes from time.

Inter finish second
Internazionale FC finished second, seven points behind Juventus after a 2-2 draw at home to AC Perugia. Hernán Crespo twice gave the home team the lead but equalisers from Chris Obodo and Marco Di Loreto in the first and last minutes of the second half earned the away side a point.

Milan defeated
AC Milan, who meet Juventus in Wednesday's Champions League final, fielded an under-strength side and were defeated 4-2 at already-relegated Piacenza FC. Dario Hubner scored twice for the home side, with Enzo Maresca, from the penalty spot and Marco Marchionni also on target, while two Christian Brocchi goals, one a penalty, were all Milan could manage.

Relegation play-off
At the bottom, Atalanta BC will meet Reggina Calcio in a relegation play-off after both recorded final-day victories and finished level on 38 points. Goals from Emiliano Bonazzoli and David Di Michele gave Reggina a 2-0 win at Bologna FC, while strikes from Cristiano Doni and Carmine Gautieri either side of Daniele De Rossi's equaliser enabled Atalanta to secure a 2-1 success at AS Roma.

Narrow escapes
Empoli and Modena FC also ended with 38 points, but stayed up thanks to superior records in head-to-head games between the four sides. Modena drew 2-2 at Brescia Calcio, while a late Mirko Benin goal ensured demoted Como Calcio finished with a 1-0 win at home to bottom side Torino Calcio.

Last updated: 25/05/03 19.42CET