AC Milan have opened up a three-point lead over Internazionale FC and S.S. Lazio in Serie A after a 2-1 win against lowly Piacenza FC.
Sergei Gurenko gave the visitors to the San Siro a surprise lead on 53 minutes, but that shock spurred Milan, who were level within 60 seconds when Andrea Pirlo scored from the penalty spot after Filippo Inzaghi was brought down by Enzo Maresca. Rivaldo then struck the winner 21 minutes from the end.
Perugia stun Inter
Inter's title challenge suffered a blow as they were beaten 4-1 by AC Perugia. The home team were ahead on eight minutes when Iván Córdoba handled in the area and Zé Maria converted the subsequent penalty, then Zisis Vryzas doubled the lead just after the half-hour mark. Massimiliano Fusani and Vryzas increased the advantage in the second half, and to make matters worse for Inter, Luigi Di Biagio was dismissed 19 minutes from the end, although Christian Vieri did score a late consolation penalty.
Second for Lazio
Lazio took advantage to claim second place with a 2-1 win against Udinese Calcio. Claudio López opened the scoring for Lazio, and although Roberto Muzzi equalised, Stefano Fiore secured the winner on the stroke of half-time.
AS Roma are now 16 points off the lead in ninth after a 2-1 defeat by Atalanta BC, who moved out of the relegation zone. Francesco Totti gave Roma a ninth-minute lead, but eleven minutes later they had Brazilian midfield player Emerson sent off for his second bookable offence, and Cristiano Doni levelled not long before half-time. Roma seemed to have held on, but Paolo Tramezzani scored Atalanta's winner four minutes from the end to send Piacenza into the bottom four.
Elsewhere, the bottom two, Torino Calcio and Como Calcio, played out a 0-0 draw that left both further away from safety, while Modena FC and Brescia Calcio's first Serie A game since 1947 also ended scoreless.
In Sunday's late game a David Trezeguet hat-trick helped propel Juventus FC into the top three at the expense of AC Chievo Verona, who were beaten 4-1 at home. The French striker scored an eleventh-minute opener and watched Alessandro Del Piero double his side's lead from the penalty spot nine minutes later. Del Piero missed a second penalty shortly after half-time so, after Trezeguet and Federico Cossato had exchanged goals and Chievo's Oliver Bierhoff been sent off, Trezeguet assumed the Juventus penalty-taking duties to wrap up the scoring late on.
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