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Italy round-up: Milan moving forward

Published: Monday 3 February 2003
Goals from Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi helped AC Milan stay top of Serie A. features

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Published: Monday 3 February 2003

Italy round-up: Milan moving forward

Goals from Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi helped AC Milan stay top of Serie A.

Goals from Andrea Pirlo and Filippo Inzaghi helped AC Milan to a 2-1 victory against Modena FC at the San Siro on Sunday.

Prolific striker
Inzaghi, who has already scored nine times in this season's UEFA Champions League, was on target with a header from Rivaldo's cross ten minutes from time to add to Pirlo's 76th-minute penalty for the home side. Milan, who held on after Massimo Scoponi's late consolation for the visitors, lead the way on goal difference from city rivals Internazionale FC.

Inter keep pace
Inter kept pace with Milan following a 2-0 away win at Torino Calcio in Sunday's late match. The visitors lacked urgency and imagination in the opening 45 minutes at the Delle Alpi stadium but were gifted the lead three minutes after the break.

Bucci error
Torino goalkeeper Luca Bucci made a hash of a backpass, mis-kicking into the path of Alvaro Recoba whose low cross was turned in by Christian Vieri for his 17th goal of the season. Nine minutes later Recoba was the provider again as he did well to hold off two defenders and find Turkish midfield player Okan Buruk, who finished coolly.

Taibi on form
Juventus FC slipped off the pace when they could only muster a 1-1 draw with lowly Atalanta BC. Alex Pinardi put Atalanta ahead five minutes before the interval and Marco Di Vaio headed a reply shortly after the break but a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Massimo Taibi kept Juventus at bay - even after Cristiano Doni had been sent off for a second bookable offence eight minutes from time.

Del Piero fear
Another disappointment for Juventus was that captain Alessandro Del Piero limped off with a thigh injury. The Italy striker was due to have tests tomorrow to assess the extent of the damage but there are fears he could be out of action for a month, missing vital Champions League matches against Manchester United FC.

Saviour Simeone
Diego Simeone left it late to grab a share of the spoils for S.S. Lazio in their game with AC Chievo Verona. Eugenio Corini's penalty had put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time after Federico Cossato was felled by Paolo Negro. But substitute Simeone, who had only been on the field for six minutes, headed an 88th-minute equaliser.

Red mist
In the day's other games, Reggina Calcio defeated AC Perugia 3-1 and Empoli FC drew 0-0 with Como Calcio, while Parma AC beat Udinese Calcio 3-2. Adriano had given Parma the lead before both sides were reduced to ten men for the second half. Parma's Matteo Ferrari and Udinese's Per Kroldrup both saw red, creating a more open game.

Nakata seals it
Parma's advantage was doubled in the 55th minute by Simone Barone and although David Pizzaro pulled one back a minute later, Hidetoshi Nakata restored Parma's two-goal cushion six minutes from time. Czech midfield player Marek Jankulovski scored a late consolation goal for Udinese.

Last updated: 03/02/03 10.39CET