Brief reports from Serie A matches played on Sunday. PALERMO 3 AC MILAN 1 Striker Fabrizio Miccoli unleashed a gorgeous 20-metre drive five minutes after the break before Edinson Cavani powered in a header and Simplicio netted from close range to leave stunned Milan six points behinds leaders Inter. Ronaldinho had a penalty well-saved by Marco Amelia at 0-0 after the Palermo goalkeeper brought down Alexandre Pato and the Brazil playmaker later clipped the bar with a free kick before scoring a penalty to make it 3-1 having been tripped. Milan, who had drawn their last three away games in all competitions, were without the suspended Kaka and injured duo Marco Borriello and Gennaro Gattuso. AS ROMA 1 FIORENTINA 0 Francesco Totti latched onto Rodrigo Taddei's pass to slam the ball through keeper Sebastien Frey's hands and seal a third straight league win for midtable Roma. Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu, who almost joined Roma in the close season, had a dipping freekick well-saved by Doni and was also just off target with a header. Totti headed against the post and Julio Baptista rattled the bar for the hosts, who have a game in hand, but the visitors had much of the play. ATALANTA 2 LAZIO 0 Chilean midfielder Jaime Valdes fired in on 54 minutes after a quick break following a mistake in Lazio's defence and striker Sergio Floccari sealed the win when he sprung the offside trap. Lazio striker Mauro Zarate went close in the first half in rainy Bergamo. CAGLIARI 1 SAMPDORIA 0 Striker Jeda gave the Sardinians victory just after the interval following an uneventful first half. Samp have a game in hand but remain in the bottom half after consistently flattering to deceive. GENOA 1 BOLOGNA 1 Former Genoa striker Marco Di Vaio grabbed a draw for his new club with a superb controlled header, his eighth goal of the league season. Giuseppe Sculli had headed in unmarked at the far post 10 minutes after the break to give the home side the lead in the pouring rain. Di Vaio hit the post for second-from-bottom Bologna late on and Genoa striker Diego Milito, Serie A's top scorer this term with 11, missed a great chance in injury time. Bologna have drawn all their last four leagues games 1-1 under new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic. INTER MILAN 2 NAPOLI 1 Leaders Inter outgunned the much-hyped visitors to quickly forget their midweek Champions League defeat by Panathinaikos with a fifth consecutive league win. Defender Ivan Cordoba expertly hooked in Sulley Muntari's cross after 16 minutes. Ghanaian Muntari then flicked in a Maicon pass after Julio Cruz's neat backheel on 25 minutes. Argentina striker Ezequiel Lavezzi brought Napoli back into the game with a neat chip before the break after being sent clear by Marcelo Zalayeta's superb backheel. Lavezzi was harshly booked for diving in the box in the second half. SIENA 1 TORINO 0 Siena striker Massimo Maccarone took advantage of some sloppy Torino defending to race clear and prod home on 19 minutes as midtable Siena secured victory. The defeat leaves Torino coach Gianni De Biasi again fretting about his job with his side one point above the drop zone. UDINESE 0 CHIEVO VERONA 1 Bottom side Chievo deservedly snapped a six-game losing streak when Felipe glanced in an own goal three minutes from time. Udinese, who have now lost four league games on the bounce, had an Antonio Di Natale goal ruled out for offside but Chievo were otherwise on top. The Italy forward was uncharacteristically sent off on 58 minutes following a fracas. Played on Saturday CATANIA 1 LECCE 1 Substitute Jose Castillo buried a sweet strike 60 seconds after coming on to grab a point for lowly Lecce on 69 minutes. Forward Michele Paolucci, who also struck the post, had put the Sicilians ahead eight minutes earlier with an angled drive but they ended up with their first home draw this term. JUVENTUS 4 REGGINA 0 Alessandro Del Piero scored his 250th Juve goal with a penalty to crown an easy victory over the strugglers in snowbound Turin. Winger Mauro Camoranesi suffered an early shoulder injury but still managed to blast in the opener on 28 minutes before his cross set up Amauri for the second just before the break. A Giorgio Chiellini header and Del Piero's spotkick after a dubious foul on Sebastian Giovinco sealed the win. Reggina, who hit the woodwork through Santos, were angry that Franco Brienza's quickly-taken free kick was disallowed.
30 November 2008
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