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Milan strike five as Roma edge derby

AC Milan returned to their best Serie A form with a 5-0 victory at UC Sampdoria while AS Roma won the derby to stay within three points of FC Internazionale Milano.

AC Milan returned to their best Serie A form with a 5-0 victory at UC Sampdoria tonight, while AS Roma won an exciting derby against S.S. Lazio to stay within three points of leaders FC Internazionale Milano.

Milan cruise
All 20 top-flight teams were in action on Wednesday and it was an important day for Milan who had won just once in five league games. That was a 5-1 success at Lazio and although they were goalless at half-time against Sampdoria, Kaká put Milan ahead in the 47th minute. Alberto Gilardino scored two more before the hour mark and substitute Yoann Gourcuff and Clarence Seedorf completed the victory.

Roma delight
Milan are up to eighth but Roma remain second after a 3-2 home triumph over their neighbours. Lazio had led on 12 minutes through Tommaso Rocchi but Mirko Vučinić swiftly levelled and Mancini put Roma in front at the break. Simone Perrotta doubled Roma's advantage on 66 minutes and although Cristián Ledesma set up a close finish, Lazio could not equalise and are only two points above the relegation zone.

Inter prevail
Inter stay on top thanks to a 4-1 defeat of Genoa CFC at San Siro. Iván Córdoba scored in the eighth minute and Esteban Cambiasso got another early in the second half. Although Abdoulay Konko pulled one back, David Suazo immediately replied and Julio Cruz converted a late penalty.

Trezeguet hat-trick
It was a good day for the rest of the leading five as Inter and Roma's feats were matched by Juventus overcoming Empoli FC 3-0 at home with a 19-minute second-half David Trezeguet hat-trick, ACF Fiorentina overcoming visitors SSC Napoli 1-0, and hosts Udinese Calcio beating Torino FC 2-1. AS Livorno Calcio ended their ten-game wait for a 2007/08 league victory as they secured a 3-1 win at Reggina Calcio to join their opponents on five points at the bottom. Atalanta BC were held 2-2 by Cagliari Calcio and it was 1-1 between US Città di Palermo and Parma FC as well as in Calcio Catania's trip to AC Siena.