Serie A reports

ROME - Brief reports from Serie A matches played on Wednesday:

AC MILAN 1 GENOA 1

David Beckham opened the score in the 33rd minute when he surprised Genoa keeper Rubinho by going straight for goal with a freekick from the far left as AC Milan slipped six points behind leaders Inter Milan.

He also had a powerful shot well saved in the first minute and Andrea Pirlo twice hit the crossbar with freekicks in the first half.

Genoa's Argentine forward Diego Milito stunned the San Siro crowd by tapping in an equaliser three minutes from time.

AS ROMA 2 PALERMO 1

Captain Francesco Totti, returning from over a month out with a thigh muscle injury, put Roma ahead with a shot that took a big deflection on the way into the net in the 24th minute.

Edinson Cavani equalised in the 31st before Matteo Brighi headed in just before halftime to give the hosts their fourth consecutive league win.

ATALANTA BERGAMO 0 BOLOGNA 1

Bologna claimed the spoils with a late Sergio Volpi freekick that was misjudged by Atalanta keeper Ferdinando Coppola. Atalanta's Sergio Floccari hit the crossbar at the start of the second half.

CAGLIARI 1 SIENA 0

Robert Acquafresca scored from close range in the 37th minute to give the Sardinian side their third consecutive win. Siena took the offensive after falling behind and were a little unlucky not to get a draw.

CATANIA 0 INTER MILAN 2

Inter cruised six points clear of the chasing pack after going ahead in the fifth minute, when Dejan Stankovic sprinted into the box to head in a Julio Cruz cross.

Inter had to resist intense pressure after Sulley Muntari's 32nd-minute red card for a challenge on Giacomo Tedesco and Catania's Giuseppe Mascara hit the post on the hour.

But Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave Inter a cushion in the 71st by latching on to a long ball, chipping oncoming keeper Albano Bizarri and slotting in.

CHIEVO VERONA 1 LECCE 1

Giuseppe Vives' powerful 56th-minute strike put Lecce ahead shortly after Chievo defender Davide Mandelli was sent off for a second yellow card.

A late goal by Andrea Mantovani deservedly gave the home team a point after Lecce's Fabiano also went for a second yellow.

FIORENTINA 2 NAPOLI 1

Mario Alberto Santana put Fiorentina in front at the start of the second half after a Massimo Gobbi freekick but Napoli levelled almost immediately, with keeper Sebastien Frey bundling in a cross-shot by Luigi Vitale.

Riccardo Montolivo's right footed effort in the 79th minute gave Fiorentina a taste of victory after three straight defeats.

Napoli's Francesco Montervino was sent off in stoppage time for handball.

SAMPDORIA 3 LAZIO 1

Sampdoria's Gennaro Delvecchio took advantage of some lax marking to touch in a freekick in the 13th minute