MILAN - Brief reports from Serie A matches played on Sunday. JUVENTUS 4 AC MILAN 2 Juve became Inter Milan's most immediate rivals for the title after a thrilling game in the Turin rain. Alessandro Del Piero netted with a 16th-minute penalty before third-placed Milan, without the injured Kaka, equalised through Alexandre Pato after a superb move. Juve soon retook the lead when Giorgio Chiellini headed in before Brazilian-born Amauri struck either side of Massimo Ambrosini scoring for Milan and Gianluca Zambrotta seeing red for the visitors. AS ROMA 3 CAGLIARI 2 Mirko Vucinic's scrambled goal in the last minute sealed victory for mid-table Roma after a breathtaking game. Simone Perrotta's overhead kick had brought the hosts level after an unstoppable Daniele Conti free kick and Jeda's superb first-time finish had given the Sardinians a surprise second-half lead. Francesco Totti was again in fine fettle and a swerving left foot shot six minutes before the break had put Roma 1-0 up. FIORENTINA 2 CATANIA 0 Adrian Mutu smashed in at the near post on 56 minutes and strike partner Alberto Gilardino made sure of victory seven minutes from time after the hosts had been frustrated in the first half. Giacomo Tedesco had a good effort for Catania well-saved by Sebastien Frey but the home side, three points clear in fifth, deserved their victory. GENOA 1 ATALANTA BERGAMO 1 Giuseppe Sculli struck three minutes from the end to snatch a point for the hosts in a bad-tempered game. Away striker Sergio Floccari wriggled his way through the Genoa defence to calmly rifle home on 17 minutes while the home side had two goals ruled out in the second period before Sculli scored. Atalanta's Gianpaolo Bellini was sent off for two bookings before Genoa's Omar Milanetto was given a straight red for kicking out after being tackled. The visitors were reduced to nine when Claudio Rivalta was dismissed on 71 minutes. INTER MILAN 4 CHIEVO VERONA 2 Leaders Inter needed two late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals to seal their seventh straight Serie A win with another inconsistent performance. Inter's Brazilian left back Maxwell netted his first of the season early on when he evaded the offside trap and kept his cool to smash home from a tight angle. Dejan Stankovic doubled the lead early in the second half when he finished off a superb move with the perfect strike before Chievo striker Sergio Pellissier pulled one back with a fierce drive and Simone Bentivoglio scuffed home an equaliser. Chievo defender Santiago Morero was sent off inbetween Ibrahimovic's heroics. PALERMO 2 SIENA 0 Mattia Cassani's cross sailed into the far corner to give Palermo a flukey lead on the half hour and Simplicio sealed victory in the battle of the mid-table sides when he turned the ball into an open goal. REGGINA 0 SAMPDORIA 2 A second-half resurgence gave Samp the points and kept the hosts in the drop zone. Claudio Bellucci blasted in a penalty after strike partner Antonio Casano was felled and Marco Padalino added the gloss nine minutes from time. UDINESE 3 LAZIO 3 Inconsistent Lazio produced a stunning comeback to draw in Udine having looked down and out at 3-0. Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale clipped in the opener after Fabio Quagliarella's disguised pass and the Italy pair combined again on 15 minutes when Quagliarella tapped in after a quick break. Di Natale netted a second on 55 minutes after Juan Pablo Carrizo had saved his first effort before Mauro Zarate's strike, a Mobido Diakite header and Cristian Ledesma's screamer five minutes from time left early season pacsetters Udinese stunned. Played on Saturday: BOLOGNA 5 TORINO 2 A Marco Di Vaio hat-trick helped Bologna beat Walter Novellino's Torino in his first game back in charge. Torino's Simone Barone opened the scoring on seven minutes after Rolando Bianchi's flick-on. Bologna's halftime substitute Sergio Volpi equalised just after the break but the visitors were back in front through Ignazio Abate's deflected effort. In-form striker Di Vaio levelled 10 minutes into the second half after Torino had failed to clear a corner and then netted his second goal with a confident finish just past the hour. Marco Bernacci added a penalty and Di Vaio another spotkick after Francesco Pratali was dismissed for foul in the box. NAPOLI 3 LECCE 0 Napoli recorded their seventh win from eight home games this term after easily overcoming strugglers Lecce despite a boggy San Paolo pitch. Slovakia midfielder Marek Hamsik slotted in an 11th-minute penalty after Ezequiel Lavezzi was tripped by goalkeeper Francesco Benussi as the striker moved wide of the goal. Hamsik later went off with a knock but his replacement Michele Pazienza doubled the lead just before the break with a cool finish and German Denis slammed home a third in the 65th.
14 December 2008
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