Serie A Round-up
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Rome derby was a lively affair in which Lazio claimed a 3-1 success.The Rome derby was a lively affair in which Lazio stole bragging rights with a 3-1 success over neighbours Roma.
Former West Ham favourite Paolo Di Canio sent the blue side of Rome into ecstasy in the 21st minute when he broke the deadlock but with twenty minutes remaining, Antonio Cassano found a leveller.
However, Lazio's response was empathic and they claimed maximum spoils thanks to goals from Aparecido Cesar and Tommaso Rocchi.
Lazio were worthy winners in an enthralling but bad tempered contest that yielded ten bookings.
Milan striker Hernan Crespo was Thursday's top performer as he netted a hat-trick in his side's 5-2 destruction of Lecce.
Milan were in imperious form on home soil and took a four goal lead before the hour mark through Crespo's clinical contribution and a goal from his strike partner Andrei Shevchenko.
Valeri Bojinov and Marco Cassetti reduced the deficit in the second period but Jon Dahl Tomasson added gloss to a polished performance for Milan in the final minute.
Leaders Juventus dropped two points on their travels, when could only muster a 1-1 stalemate with Parma.
Talented Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovich opened the scoring in the 63rd minute but Parma hit back with a leveller with just six minutes left on the clock courtesy of Marco Marchionni's strike.
Third placed Udinese look to be struggling to keep group with the top two as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to in-form Sampdoria.
The Genoa-based outfit claimed maximum spoils thanks to second half goals from Francesco Flachi and Marcello Castellini.
A goal from former Everton stopper Marco Materazzi and a second half penalty from Christian Vieri was enough for Internazionale to claim a 2-0 success on their travels to mid-table Livorno.
Igor Budan will be the toast of Atalanta after his goal ten minutes from time secured their first success of the season, with a 1-0 victory over Fiorentina.
There was nothing to choose between lowly Brescia and Bologna as they shared the points in a 1-1 stalemate at Stadio Azzurri D'Italia.
Bologna looked on course to register a rare away success when they took the lead through Igli Tare but a second half penalty from midfield veteran Luigi Di Biagio stole a point for Brescia.
Cagliari won the battle of the south when they came from behind to beat a free-falling Messina 2-1 at Stadio San Elia.
Messina grabbed a breakthrough courtesy of Riccardo Zampagna but goals from Mauro Esposito and Massimo Gobbi won the spoils for Cagliari, who also saw Gianfranco Zola miss a penalty.
Tore Andre Flo was a man in form for Siena as his brace helped them to a vital 3-1 win over Chievo.
Rodrigo Taddei gave Siena the lead before Flo's double salvo put them in cruise control for an excellent win on their travels. Franco Semioli netted a late consolation for an out-of-sorts Chievo.
Shunsuke Nakamura's goal in the seventh minute was enough for Reggina to claim an excellent 1-0 win over fifth placed Palermo.
Click below for individual match summaries:
Atalanta 1-0 Fiorentina
Brescia 1-1 Bologna
Cagliari 2-1 Messina
Chievo 1-3 Siena
Lazio v Roma
Livorno 0-2 Inter
Milan 5-2 Lecce
Parma 1-1 Juventus
Reggina 1-0 Palermo
Sampdoria 2-0 Udinese
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