Serie A Round-up
By Peter ORourke & Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Milan and Internazionale had to settle for a 0-0 draw in the 258th Milanese derby.Milan and Internazionale had to settle for a goalless draw in an entertaining 258th Milanese derby at San Siro.
Both sides came into the contest buoyed by wins in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, but a lack of finishing potency denied either side the chance to grab victory and bragging rights on Sunday evening.
Il Rossoneri were without the services of giant Dutch defender Jaap Stam, who had an Achilles tendon problem, but Alessandro Nesta was superb in Milan's backline on Sunday.
It was a match that both sides rued the missed opportunities that befell them throughout the 90 minutes, with Inter striker Christian Vieri missing a couple of major chances in the early stages.
Alberto Fontana, meanwhile, was kept busy in the Inter goal as Hernan Crespo, Kaka and Cafu put the Nerazzurri custodian under pressure with chances of their own.
Fontana needed to produce a fine piece of goalkeeping to deny both Crespo and Andrei Shevchenko (pictured), as the match headed towards the break.
Milan supporters then appealled for referee Roberto Rosetti to hand their side a penalty after Shevchenko tangled with Inter defender Giuseppe Favalli, but their appeals were waved away.
Inter then should have had the lead at half time after Adriano did ever so well to set himself up in front of Milan's goal, but his finish hit the side-netting as fellow countryman Dida closed him down in goal.
The second half saw more chances go begging for both sides, with Shevchenko going close while Crespo failed to properly connect with Kaka's low cross from the left, as Fontana came off his line to smother the ball on the edge of the box.
Inter then put their rivals under real pressure with a ball into the box from the left that Adriano just failed to connect with, but goalkeeper Dida allowed a rebound from his initial save and if not for a fine tackle from Nesta, Vieri would surely have converted for the away side.
On 72 minutes, Shevchenko then missed the net with a near-post header from Cafu's cross from the right before Adriano squandered a free kick opportunity with a woeful right-footed effort from the edge of the Milan box.
Kaka then failed to make solid connection with his far-post header to a cross from the left before substitute Massimo Ambrosini inexplicably failed to test Fontana in the Inter goal when his downward bounced off the ground and over the bar.
In the end, a point was shared by both sides, as Milan missed out on going second in the Serie A table with the draw while Inter stay fifth in the table.
Parma recorded their first win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Lazio at Ennio Tardini.
Marco Marchionni fired Parma in front after 16 minutes and Australian Mark Bresciano doubled the lead ten minutes later
Lazio pulled a goal back with Tommaso Rocchi netting on 36 minutes.
Alberto Gilardino made sure of the win with the third after 64 minutes.
Lecce moved into second spot with a thumping 4-1 win at Messina.
The visitors got off to a dream start with Mirko Vucinic firing them in front after just four minutes.
Sasa Bjelanovic added a second on 37 minutes, but Arturo Di Napoli reduced the arrears three minutes before the break.
Bjelanovic restored the two-goal cushion with his second a minute later and former Chelsea star Sam Dalla Bona wrapped up the win with the fourth seven minutes from time.
Livorno picked up their first in the top-fight to climb off the bottom of the table after a narrow 1-0 victory over Bologna.
Cristiano Lucarelli netted the all-important winning goal after 71 minutes.
Chievo missed the chance to close the gap on the leading pack after being held to a disappointing goalless draw at home to Reggina.
Francesco Totti rescued a point for Roma after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Palermo.
Fabio Grosso gave the visitors a surprise lead on 33 minutes, but Totti spared Roma's blushes with a 57th minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
Brescia climbed further away from trouble with an impressive 1-0 win at Sampdoria.
Luigi Di Biagio grabbed the only goal of the game from the penalty spot on 57 minutes, but they were made to sweat for the win when David Zoboli was sent off in stoppage time for his second bookable offence.
Udinese and Fiorentina played an entertaining 2-2 draw at Stadio Friuli.
Fabrizio Miccoli gave Fiorentina the lead on the quarter hour mark, but the lead proved short-lived, as Stefano Mauri drew Udinese level two minutes later.
Veteran defender Nestor Sensini fired Udinese in front on 51 minutes with a rare goal only for Miccoli to hit back and earn Fiorentina a point with his second goal of the game on 65 minutes.
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