Serie A round-up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus maintained their eight-point lead after a 1-0 home win over Udinese.Juventus maintained their eight-point lead at the top of Serie A after a 1-0 home win over Udinese.
Alessandro Del Piero's second-half strike kept the champions on course to defend the scudetto after Udinese were forced to play the majority of the match with ten men.
Ghana international Sulley Muntari was sent off for a second bookable offence eight minutes before the break.
Second placed Internazionale kept pace with a 1-0 home success over Chievo, as Julio Cruz's early strike proved decisive at the Giuseppe Meazza.
However city rivals Milan slipped up again to pile the pressure on coach Carlo Ancelotti as they could only draw 0-0 with Lazio at Stadio Olimpico.
Leading goalscorer Luca Toni made it 22 goals in 23 matches, as Fiorentina defeated bottom club Lecce at the Artemio Franchi.
Despite a second-half brace from Cristiano Lucarelli (54, 66), Livorno were dramatically held to a 2-2 home draw with struggling Messina.
Two penalties from Arturo Di Napoli (74, 90) gave the Sicilians an away point, despite finishing the match with ten men after Filippo Cristante was sent off for a professional foul.
Sampdoria were held to a 1-1 home draw by struggling Treviso, with the Genoa-based club having taken the lead through Vitali Kutuzov (30).
Treviso earned a point when Lazzaretti Gustavo stuck on 64 minutes for the visitors.
Reggina left it late to earn a 2-2 draw with Palermo at Stadio Oreste Granillo.
Simone Barone (39) gave the Sicilians then lead before Gaetano de Rosa (50) levelled matters for Reggina.
Andrea Caracciolo (80) looked to have secured an away win for Palermo, but Carlos Paredes ensured Reggina a point with an injury-time equaliser.
Cagliari boosted their hopes of Serie A survival with a 4-1 home thrashing of fellow strugglers Empoli.
The Sardinians secured a 3-0 half-time lead - thanks to goals from Nelson Abeijon (1), Mauro Esposito (19) and David Suazo (36).
Francesco Tavano pulled a goal back for Empoli on 59 minutes, but Cagliari restored their three-goal advantage through a second strike from Esposito (61).
Click below for match summaries:
Cagliari 4-1 Empoli
Fiorentina 1-0 Lecce
Internazionale 1-0 Chievo
Juventus 1-0 Udinese
Livorno 2-2 Messina
Reggina 2-2 Palermo
Sampdoria 1-1 Treviso
Lazio 0-0 Milan