Roma back on top - Juve win
By James Burton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Roma's success avenges the visitors` victory over the champions earlier in the season and it leaves Roma one point clear of Inter with third placed Juventus three points adrift, after the Bianconeri defeated fourth placed Chievo in Sunday`s late game.
Chievo have performed superbly since their promotion to Serie A, but they proved no match for a rampant Juventus.
The visitors` opening goal came courtesy of the unusual source of Ciro Ferrara, who headed home after great work from David Trezeguet. The advantage was doubled when Fabio Moro diverted Alessandro Del Piero`s cross into his own goal shortly after the interval.
Chievo battled bravely and reduced the arrears when Massimo Marazzina scored from an acute angle on the hour, but the reliable boot of Alessandro Del Piero sealed the win from the spot of 79 minutes.
It was the second time Del Piero went one-on-one with Chievo`s Cristiano Lupatelli, after the keeper had saved his earlier spot-kick. Del Piero kept his cool a second time to tuck the ball powerfully into the corner.
Inter looked set to hold on to top spot when Christian Vieri gave the visitors the lead after 28 minutes at Venezia but Filippo Maniero grabbed the home side an equaliser with a penalty kick 20 minutes from time.
A splendid 62nd minute volley from Cristiano Lucarelli was the only goal of the game at the Stadio Delle Alpi where Torino beat Lazio to all but end the visitors` hopes of a title challenge.
At The Giuseppe Meazza the inadequacies of Milan were once again exposed as Udinese fought back from two goals down to win 3-2.
A fifth minute penalty from Andrei Shevchenko gave Milan the lead, an advantage that was doubled nine minutes later by Serginho.
Roberto Muzzi reduced the arrears in the 34th minute but the turning point came in first half injury time. Milan were awarded a second spot kick after a superb solo run by Shevchenko was halted unceremoniously inside the Udinese box. But this time the Ukrainian could not find a way past the visitors` keeper Luigi Turci.
Udinese grew in confidence whilst Milan became a team bereft of spirit and organisation. In the 52nd minute Gennaro Scarlato found himself unmarked to equalise before the ever-impressive Martin Jorgensen sealed the win in the 78th minute.
Atalanta took another step towards mid-table obscurity and away from the relegation zone with a 2-0 beating of trouble-torn Fiorentina.
Inacio Pia opened the scoring in the 35th minute, the striker profiting from lax defending to control and volley past the helpless Alex Manninger. Christiano Doni wrapped up the win with the home side's second 15 minutes from time.
Mario Frick gave Verona a 15th minute lead at Perugia but second half goals from Rahman Rezai, Jung Hwan Ahn and Giovanni Tedesco saw the home side bounce back for a 3-1 win.
Verona's woeful day out was completed with the 76th minute dismissal of Paolo Cannavaro.
Finally, a tragic week for Brescia ended with a 3-1 win at Lecce. All of Sunday`s matches were marked by a minute's silence following the death of Brescia player Vittorio Mero, the 27-year-old was killed in a car crash earlier this week.
Luca Toni scored twice and Emanuele Filippini grabbed the other Brescia goal with Javier Chevanton replying for Lecce.