MILAN - Brief reports from Serie A matches played on Sunday AC MILAN 5 UDINESE 1 Milan are third after a thrilling game where Brazilians Alexandre Pato and Kaka both scored twice. Striker Pato headed in Giuseppe Favalli's cross early on and then set up Kaka for an easy tap-in before Italy forward Antonio Natale pulled one back with a rasping shot on 17 minutes. Pato soon poked in a second with the visiting defence all at sea and Clarence Seedorf netted just before the break. Kaka crashed home from the edge of the area in the second half. January loan signing David Beckham went on the pitch before the game to wave to the Milan fans and watched the match with wife Victoria from the stands. ATALANTA BERGAMO 1 JUVENTUS 3 Alessandro Del Piero prodded in Marco Marchionni's cross on the half hour but replays showed Marchionni was offside. Defender Nicola Legrottaglie then leapt like a salmon to head in on 37 minutes to stun the home side, who had made a very bright start. Atalanta did score just after the break through former Juve forward Christian Vieri's header and they later had a strong penalty shout before an Amauri header sealed second-placed Juve's win. Minor crowd trouble occurred outside the ground before kick off with two police officers injured, media said. CAGLIARI 1 REGGINA 1 Striker Robert Acquafresca put the hosts ahead in the first minute with a powerful header from a free kick. New Reggina coach Giuseppe Pillon saw his second-from-bottom side equalise on the hour through Franco Brienza's spotkick after Paolo Bianco handled in the area and was sent off for a second booking. CATANIA 3 AS ROMA 2 The hosts had Roma on the ropes right from the off and they were rewarded when Davide Baiocco clipped in after a quick break following a Roma mistake in midfield. The Sicilians went two up when Japanese forward Takayuki Morimoto slotted home after breaching the offside trap five minutes before the break. He was equally cool when netting again on 56 minutes. Roma, who drew 1-1 at Catania in the final match of last season when they missed out on the title, had previously won five league matches in a row. They netted through Mirko Vucinic and Jeremy Menez on 74 and 78 minutes but it was too late. Francesco Totti came off early with a leg injury. CHIEVO VERONA 0 GENOA 1 Ruben Olivera stole victory for high-flying Genoa a minute from time with a powerful run and shot. Striker Sergio Pellissier hit the post for bottom side Chievo at the start of the second half and the hosts hit the woodwork again as Genoa, missing injured top scorer Diego Milito, were put under the cosh. LECCE 0 BOLOGNA 0 The visitors had the best of the first half but fellow strugglers Lecce fought back in the second period and had numerous chances to break the deadlock. SAMPDORIA 0 FIORENTINA 1 Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo fired home from the edge of the box on 19 minutes to secure a battling victory which lifts Fiorentina into the Champions League places. The visitors had other chances with Adrian Mutu striking a post. TORINO 1 NAPOLI 0 Striker Rolando Bianchi slid in at the far post on 53 minutes to give struggling Torino a much-needed victory against a Napoli side without suspended duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Paolo Cannavaro as well as injured midfielder Marek Hamsik. New Torino coach Walter Novellino jigged for joy on the touchline having also masterminded the midweek Italian Cup win over Fiorentina. Played on Saturday: LAZIO 1 PALERMO 0 Tommaso Rocchi came off the bench in the second half to touch in a Mourad Meghni cross from the left in the 66th minute and give Lazio their first league win in six weeks. Mark Bresciano spurned a good chance to level before the visitors had defender Federico Balzaretti sent off for a second yellow card in the 72nd. Lazio's Pasquale Foggia hit the woodwork and both sides had penalty appeals turned down in the closing stages. SIENA 1 INTER MILAN 2 Brazilian defender Maicon earned the champions a lucky win by dinking in his second goal of the match seven minutes from time, although he was clearly offside. Moroccan midfielder Houssine Kharja had beaten defender Maxwell to a Cristiano Del Grosso cross to equalise for the lively hosts just before halftime after Maicon nipped to score the opener from a corner in the 35th minute. Inter's eighth consecutive league win ensures they have a six-point lead at the top of the standings during Serie A's three-week winter break.
21 December 2008
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