Serie A Round-Up
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Leaders Juventus won on Saturday evening against Modena, meaning Roma needed to win and they did so in style.
Captain Francesco Totti set his side on their way after 16 minutes and it was 3-0 before the interval thanks to further strikes from Vincenzo Montella (33) and Christian Panucci (39).
The only goal of the second half came after just four minutes when starlet Antonio Cassano (pictured) found the back of the net.
Milan kept themselves in touch with Juventus after cruising to a 2-0 win at Chievo.
Andrei Shevchenko was the hero for Milan once again, as his goals either side of half time killed off Chievo.
The Ukrainian's first, a powerful header from a superb Gennaro Gattuso cross, was his 100th in the red and black of Milan, while his second came when he beat the offside trap and powered home.
There was a major shock at Stadio Carlo Castellani as Empoli grabbed their first win of the season over high-flying Parma.
Cesare Prandelli's men could have moved into second with a very good win, but instead they allowed Empoli to climb off the foot of the table.
The winner came in the final minute when Pasquale Foggia netted.
Empoli are replaced at the bottom by Ancona, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Brescia.
The visitors took the lead through legend Roberto Baggio after just four minutes - but Ancona grabbed a share of the spoils thanks to Daniele Berretta on the hour mark.
The most eventful game of the day was undoubtedly witnessed at Stadio Olimpico as ten-man Lazio beat Perugia - who had three men sent off - 3-1.
Dejan Stankovic put Lazio ahead on the stroke of half time, but Fabio Grosso levelled just after the hour.
The game then erupted with 19 minutes remaining with the first of the four red cards when Souleymane Diamoutene received his marching orders for a foul on Giuseppe Favalli.
With seven minutes left a mass scuffle broke out and Perugia's Giovanni Ignoffo and Sergio Conceciao of Lazio were sent off as a result.
The clash was littered with bad challenges, but the home side managed to go ahead when Bernando Corradi struck with three minutes remaining.
Ze Maria should then have been sent off for a terrible challenge on Stankovic, but he got away with it - however team-mate Marco Di Loreto was not as lucky as he went for a trip on Fabio Liverani.
Lazio still had time to add a third and it was the best of the day, as Simone Inzaghi chipped home a wonderful effort from the edge of the area.
Siena continued their good form with a 1-1 draw at Udinese.
The prolific Dino Fava put the home side ahead just before the break, but Tore Andre Flo's equaliser ten minutes from time was enough for the Tuscany outfit to share the points.
The other game of the day saw Lecce and Sampdoria play out a goalless draw at Stadio Via Del Mare.