Roma and Milan coast to wins
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fabio Capello's troops hauled themselves to the top of the Italian pile on goal difference, above champions Juventus, after a gritty success over Ancona.
After a tight first half, Vincenzo Montella made an immediate impact after entering the fray as a half-time substitute by putting Roma ahead on 48 minutes.
Ancona, who have yet to win since earning promotion, battled valiantly in search of an equaliser but late goals from Francesco Totti and Marco Delvecchio condemned the visitors to another defeat.
Ukrainian star Andrei Shevchenko was Milan's hero for yet another time as he bagged two goals in the home triumph against Lecce.
Shevchenko nabbed the opening goal on 21 minutes and he poached another midway through the second half to prove his worth to the Rossoneri faithful once again, with Jon Dahl Tomasson scoring a late third for the hosts.
Parma failed to join Milan and Roma at the head of affairs after being surprisingly held at home by Serie A new boys Siena.
The visitors stunned their hosts on 40 minutes when Nikola Lazetic found the net but Brazilian striker Adriano spared Parma's blushes with a 78th minute equaliser.
Chievo Verona produced a clinical performance on home soil to crush Perugia 4-1 with Andrea Zanchetta the spark for the hosts.
Zanchetta scored the first on 41 minutes before Perugia levelled just after the break courtesy of Marco Di Loreto.
A penalty two minutes later from Zanchetta put Chievo back in charge, and further goals from Franco Semioli and Mario Santana wrapped up the win.
Modena claimed their first victory of the campaign after first-half goals from Nicola Amoruso and Diomansy Kamara vanquished Bologna.
Lazio needed a late Stefano Fiore strike three minutes from time to earn a point in a remarkable match against Empoli.
The unsettled Dejan Stankovic gave the Roman side the lead after 38 minutes and they looked to be heading for the victory when substitute Daniele Balli was sent off on 65 minutes for foul and abusive language as the hosts became frustrated with the way the game was going.
However, Empoli fought back with two goals in four minutes from Antonio Di Natale (74) and Francesco Tavano (78) but for Fiore to rescue a point for Lazio three minutes from time.
Sampdoria also collected their maiden win of the season after a stunning late fightback to overcome Brescia in Genoa.
Stefano Mauri appeared to put Brescia on the path to their first three points of term with the opening goal on 69 minutes but Sampdoria snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the closing minutes.
Fabio Bazzani levelled the scores on 88 minutes and in injury-time, Francesco Flachi netted from the penalty spot to cap a memorable comeback from Sampdoria.