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Italy round-up: Milan march on

Published: Monday 13 January 2003
Leaders AC Milan extended their advantage at the top, while Juventus FC put five past Reggina Calcio. features

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Published: Monday 13 January 2003

Italy round-up: Milan march on

Leaders AC Milan extended their advantage at the top, while Juventus FC put five past Reggina Calcio.

Serie A leaders AC Milan stayed top with a convincing 2-0 away victory at Bologna FC on Sunday.

Valuable points
Goals from Andriy Shevchenko and Serginho sealed the three points for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who lead S.S. Lazio and city rivals Internazionale FC at the top of the standings.

Inter close
Inter kept pace with their city rivals with a 2-0 victory over Modena FC at the San Siro in the day's late match. Alvaro Recoba's sixth-minute strike was followed by a goal from Hernán Crespo midway through the first half - although the Argentinian was carried off on a stretcher shortly afterwards with a suspected torn groin muscle.

Shevchenko on target
Ancelotti left out striker Filippo Inzaghi from Milan's starting lineup, opting to play Shevchenko ahead of Rivaldo and Rui Costa. The move paid off when Gennaro Gattuso fed Shevchenko and he bustled his way past two defenders before blasting his shot past keeper Gianluca Pagliuca.

'We deserved the victory'
Brazilian midfield player Serginho, a half-time substitute in place of Rui Costa, made sure of the win in the 78th minute to consign Bologna to their first home defeat of the season. "We gave a fantastic second-half display and we deserved the victory. This was an important step forward for us," said Serginho.

Five-star Juve
Fourth-placed Juventus FC enjoyed a 5-0 win over lowly Reggina Calcio, with strikes from Antonio Conte, David Trezeguet, Alessandro Del Piero, Marco Di Vaio and an own goal by Francesco Cozza. AS Roma's poor season continued, meanwhile, with a 1-0 home defeat by AC Chievo Verona after an 89th-minute goal from Federico Cossato.

Dacourt debut
Roma gave a debut to French midfield player Olivier Dacourt, signed from Leeds United AFC, and welcomed back captain Francesco Totti from injury but Chievo took the points from a game of few chances when Cossato fed Massimo Marazzina on the left and the Chievo forward's cross from the by-line found Cossato, who made no mistake from 12 metres.

Parma held
Parma AC's Romanian striker Adrian Mutu continued his rich vein of form with a superb 28th-minute solo goal against Piacenza FC but Cesare Prandelli's side had to settle for a point after Vittorio Tosto's 46th-minute equaliser.

Atalanta rescued
In the day's other games, Paolo Foglio's goal for Atalanta BC cancelled out Sasa Bjelanovic's opener for Como Calcio in a 1-1 draw at the Giuseppe Sinigaglia stadium, while Udinese Calcio were held to a goalless draw by AC Perugia.

Last updated: 13/01/03 12.31CET



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