Serie A Round-Up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Milan maintained their lead at the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Sampdoria.Milan maintained their lead at the top of the table with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sampdoria.
Brazilian star Kaka netted the only goal of the game on 64 minutes to keep Milan ahead of Juventus at the top of the table.
Juventus kept pace with Milan at the top with a late 1-0 win over struggling Chievo.
Substitute Ruben Olivera netted the only goal of the game three minutes from time to give Juve all three points and move them level with Milan at the top of the table.
Things turned sour for Olivera a minute later when he was sent off along with Chievo's Alessandro Potenza after a scuffle between the pair.
Atalanta boosted their slim survival hopes with a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Parma.
Pereira Adriano grabbed the crucial winning goal 12 minutes from time to give Atalanta all three points and leave Parma nervously looking over their shoulders
Udinese leapfrogged Palermo into fifth place with a thumping 5-1 win at La Favorita with David Di Michele helping himself to a hat trick.
Di Michele fired Udinese in front on 29 minutes and added a second eight minutes later.
Sulley Muntari made it 3-0 right on the stroke of half time and Di Michele completed his hat trick on 54 minutes.
Mario Santana pulled a goal back for Palermo on 70 minutes only for Vincenzo Iaquinta to wrap up a good day's work for Udinese eight minutes from time.
Cagliari dented Roma's European ambitions with a 3-0 victory over the Giallorossi.
Former Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola sent the hosts on their way with the opener on 23 minutes and Mauro Esposito doubled the lead four minutes before the break.
David Suazo put the game beyond Roma with the third three minutes after the restart and things got worse for the visitors when Daniele de Rossi was sent off just before the hour mark.
Livorno piled the misery on struggling Brescia with a 3-2 win at Mario Rigamonti.
Andrea Caracciolo gave Brescia the perfect start with the opener from the penalty spot on 16 minutes, but Alessandro Doga drew Livorno level five minutes after the break.
Brescia suffered a blow on 65 minutes when veteran midfielder Luigi Di Biagio was sent off.
Livorno took advantage of their numerical superiority with Igor Protti converting from the penalty spot on 71 minutes and Tomas Danilevicius added a third five minutes from the end.
Caracciolo reduced the arrears with his second penalty two minutes from time, but it was too little too late for Brescia.
Messina climbed further away from trouble with an impressive 2-0 win at Reggina.
Filippo Cristante gave Messina the lead on 13 minutes and Gaetano D`Agostino grabbed a second four minutes before half time.
Siena picked up a crucial point in their fight against relegation with a 1-1 draw at Bologna.
Claudio Bellucci gave Bologna the lead from the penalty spot on 55 minutes, but Massimo Maccarone earned Siena a draw with a 65th minute leveller.
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