Italy round-up: Vieri double moves Inter up

Christian Vieri helped Internazionale FC go second with a 3-0 win over Hellas-Verona FC.

Christian Vieri was in commanding form as Internazionale FC fired a title warning to Juventus FC and AS Roma with a 3-0 victory over Hellas-Verona FC on Sunday.

Inter into second
Italy striker Vieri hit two goals in four second-half minutes after Cristiano Zanetti had opened the scoring for the Milan club with a first-half drive after good work from Vieri. The forward then scored his first in the 57th minute was a header from Clarence Seedorf's corner. Four minutes later he hit his second with a neat finish after collecting Nicola Ventola's pass. It meant no way back for Verona, who stay in seventh. Inter are now in second place, ahead of Roma on goal difference

Roma rest Totti
Brescia Calcio held Roma 0-0 by on Sunday in a match that saw the visitors leave Francesco Totti on the bench for the entire game. It was the 20th match unbeaten for the champions but the point meant they were unable to reclaim top spot from leaders Juventus, who beat AC Fiorentina 2-1 yesterday.  Inter and Roma have 46 points from 23 matches, one less than Juventus.

Late equaliser
AC Chievo Verona managed a hard-fought 1-1 draw with S.S. Lazio at the Olympico stadium in Sunday’s late game. Lazio striker Hernán Crespo saw his 68th-minute penalty superbly saved by Chievo goalkeeper Cristiano Lupatelli, but Simone Inzaghi drove home eight minutes later to make up for the miss. With time running out, Chievo defender Nicola Legrottaglie headed home a corner to earn the Verona side a valuable point.

Bologna win again
In-form Bologna FC climbed to fourth courtesy of a 1-0 win at Udinese Calcio, despite having Carlo Nervo sent off in the dying minutes. Julio Cruz hit their deflected winner after 12 minutes.

Tedesco leaves it late
Elsewhere on Sunday, Parma AC's three-match winning run came to an end with a 1-0 defeat at home to Torino Calcio, inflicted by Gianluca Comotto's 87th-minute goal. AC Perugia snatched a 2-1 win over ten-man US Lecce with Giovanni Tedesco notching a last-minute winner. Lecce's Gianluca Colonnello was dismissed two minutes before half-time. Peruga had opened the scoring in the 36th minute through Fabio Bazzani only for Davor Vugrinec to cancel that out with a penalty just before the interval.

Hubner makes history
Piacenza FC were the day's top scorers and climb out of the relegation zone after a 5-0 win at home to bottom club AC Venezia. Dario Hubner scored twice, including a penalty, to take his season's tally to 17 and is now his club's highest ever scorer in Serie A. Eusebio di Francesco also hit a double. The scoring had started in the seventh minute through Carmine Gautieri.