Serie A Round-Up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Eternal City club got off to a great start when Christian Panucci put the home side in front after 15 minutes.
However, Udinese showed plenty of endeavour to draw themselves level in the match, having forced some very good saves from Roma goalkeeper Carlo Zotti.
With two minutes remaining, Czech Republic international Marek Jankulovski hit a wonderful half volley past Zotti to earn Udinese an unlikely point at the Stadio Olimpico.
Substitute Marco Delvecchio did have the ball in the Udinese net for a second time in the dying stages but having used his fist to direct it in, the goal was disallowed and the striker was duly cautioned.
That draw for Roma allowed Milan to close the gap at the top after Il Rossoneri thrashed bottom club Ancona 5-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza.
All the goals came in the second half from the home side, as Andrei Shevchenko broke the deadlock with a 64th minute penalty.
Rui Costa made it two before Jon Dahl Tomasson made it 3-0 with another penalty strike.
With six minutes remaining, Brazilian Kaka scored a brace to hand Carlo Ancelotti's side a comfortable five-goal win.
In the evening match on Sunday, Scudetto holders Juventus needed a David Trezeguet hat-trick to earn a 3-3 draw at struggling Empoli.
Tommaso Rocchi was the goalscoring hero for the Carlo Castellani side, as his hat-trick matched that of the Frenchman's efforts in a thoroughly entertaining contest.
Despite six goals being scored, both sides had to settle for a point, with Juve missing their chance to close the points gap at the top on leaders Roma while Empoli move out of the bottom three with the draw.
Struggling Modena held Internazionale to a 1-1 draw. Alvaro Recoba gave the visitors an 11th minute lead before Ayodele Makinwa equalised three minutes before the break to earn a point for Modena.
Parma failed to take advantage of Inter's away draw to leapfrog over them after being held to a 0-0 draw by Bologna at the Ennio Tardini.
Lazio drew level on points with Inter and Parma after a 1-0 away win at struggling Lecce.
Aparecido Cesar scored the Biancoceleste's winner ten minutes after the break, as Lecce then had Marco Cassetti sent off for using foul and abusive language four minutes later.
Chievo overcame a 1-0 half time deficit to defeat Brescia 3-1 at the Antonio Bentegodi.
Andrea Caracciolo had given the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break for Brescia but Andrea Barzagli drew the home side level on 52 minutes.
Mario Santana then made it 2-1 to The Flying Donkeys before Giuseppe Sculli sealed all three points for the Verona club with a third goal five minutes from the end.
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