Atalanta claim Milan scalp

Atalanta BC came from behind to beat AC Milan 2-1 and jump over their opponents in Serie A as Juventus held FC Internazionale Milano in the Coppa Italia.

Atalanta BC came from behind to beat UEFA Champions League holders AC Milan 2-1 and jump above their opponents into sixth in Serie A.

Rare Gattuso strike
Milan took the lead after eight minutes when a deflected shot by Gennaro Gattuso beat Atalanta goalkeeper Ferdinando Coppola. Young Brazilian forward Pato had the chance to double the lead a few minutes later but shot wide with just Coppola to beat.

Home fightback
Just before the interval, Atalanta equalised when Antonio Langella fired home a powerful shot after dribbling past two Milan defenders. Then, with 20 minutes left, Argentinian midfielder Fernando Tissone secured the points with a simple finish. The loss leaves Milan tenth in the standings with two games in hands.

Inter held
There were also three Coppa Italia quarter-final first legs taking place tonight. FC Internazionale Milano were held to a 2-2 home draw after Juventus scored two goals in the last quarter of an hour. The Italian champions had been reduced to ten men after eight minutes when defender Nicolás Burdisso was sent off for a foul on Alessandro Del Piero. However, Inter scored twice through Julio Cruz in the second half before Claudio Ranieri's men fought back with goals from Del Piero and Jean-Alain Boumsong.

Mexes sees red
AS Roma also had to play the majority of their game at UC Sampdoria with ten men after Philippe Mexes was sent off in the 18th minute. The home side took the lead through a Reto Ziegler effort just after the hour but Mirko Vučinić responded seven minutes later. The other game saw Udinese Calcio secure a 3-2 home win over Calcio Catania with two goals in the last 20 minutes.