Gabriel Batistuta made his Internazionale FC debut against Empoli FC but the headlines were stolen by Christian Vieri, who scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory which moves his side up to second in Serie A.
Inter were beaten by AC Perugia last week, and were held for 69 minutes today before Vieri scored the first of three goals in 16 minutes. Vieri's league tally this season is now 16, four more than his closest rival.
Udinese overcome Milan
Inter are now level on points with leaders AC Milan, who suffered a 1-0 loss at Udinese Calcio. David Pizzaro converted a 34th-minute penalty for Udinese, who held on to win and move into the top six despite having Nestor Sensini sent off early in the second half.
Lazio run ends
S.S. Lazio conceded second place to Inter with a 1-0 home defeat by struggling Reggina Calcio. Lazio were unbeaten in 16 games but that record ended as Emiliano Bonazzoli scored in the opening minute of the second half. The win moves Reggina up to 15th, a point away from escaping the bottom four.
Juventus FC beat Piacenza FC 2-0 to enter the top three, but the afternoon was overshadowed by Friday's death of 81-year-old club patron Gianni Agnelli. Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo Ciampi, president of the Italian Republic, were among mourners at Agnelli's funeral at Turin cathedral on Sunday morning, and Juventus president Vittorio Chiusiano placed a Bianconeri shirt on Agnelli's usual seat at the Delle Alpi stadium as Alessandro Del Piero and Pavel Nedved scored first-half goals to ensure victory. Piacenza's Alessandro Rinaldi was sent off after receiving two bookings.
Chievo lose ground
AC Chievo Verona lost ground on the leading quartet as they went down 1-0 at Perugia. Brazilian midfield player Luciano returned for Chievo after his lengthy suspension for playing under a false passport which gave his name as Eriberto, but he made little impact as Marco Di Loreto scored a 37th-minute winner.
Torino Calcio moved off the bottom of the table as they held sixth-placed Bologna FC 2-2. Torino led twice through Simone Vergassola, who struck on eight minutes, and Jose Maria Franco's effort not long after the hour, but Giuseppe Signori levelled with a penalty late in the first half and the second lead was cancelled out by Luigi Della Rocca nine minutes from the end. Diego De Ascentis was sent off for Torino, who overtake Como Calcio, just before full time.
Finally, Roberto Baggio scored a 39th-minute equaliser to give struggling Brescia Calcio a vital point at home to Parma AC. Daniele Bonera had given Parma the lead on seven minutes against a side who have now drawn four successive league games.
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