Serie A round-up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juventus moved eight points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win over Empoli.Juventus moved eight points clear at the top of Serie A with a 2-1 win over Empoli.
Fabio Cannavaro was the unlikely hero for Juve with both goals (17 & 77) after Sergio Almiron gave Empoli a shock lead in the third minute.
Milan moved two points behind city rivals Inter with a 3-0 win at Siena.
Brazilian ace Kaka grabbed a brace for the Rossoneri (12 & 84) and Andrei Shevchenko was also on the scoresheet on 69 minutes.
Roma continued their recent improved form with a thumping 4-1 win at Udinese.
Udinese faced an uphill battle from the minute Gianpiero Pinzi was sent off on 23 minutes and Roma made their numerical advantage count when Mancini scored from the penalty spot five minutes before the break.
Daniele De Rossi doubled the Giallorossi's lead just past the hour, but Antonio Di Natale reduced the arrears four minutes later.
Roma made the game safe with two goals in four minutes through Mancini (75) and Cristian Chivu (79)
Treviso climbed off the bottom of the table with a 1-1 draw at Livorno.
The strugglers looked to be on their way to three points when Reginaldo Ferreira fired them in front after just seven minutes, but Fabio Galante's last-gasp goal earned Livorno a share of the spoils.
Lecce dropped to the bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat at Ascoli.
First half goals from Marco Ferrante (4) and Sasa Bjelanovic (36) were enough to give Ascoli the points even though they had to play the last half hour with ten men following the dismissal of Cristiano Del Grosso.
Reggina moved further clear of trouble at the wrong end of the table with a 2-1 victory over Sampdoria.
Carlos Paredes gave Reggina the lead after just seven minutes only for Vitali Kutuzov to draw Samp level right on the stroke of half time.
There was still time left in the first half for Reggina to restore their lead when Nicola Amoruso found the net.
Parma boosted their survival hopes with a vital 2-1 win over Chievo at the Ennio Tardini.
Carvalho Amauri gave Chievo the lead on 26 minutes, but Marco Rossi levelled matters for Parma right on half time.
Chievo suffered a major blow ten minutes from time when goalkeeper Alberto Fontana was sent off and Parma made them pay by grabbing the winner two minutes later through Fabio Henrique Simplicio.
Rossi then ruined his good day's work by getting sent off three minutes from the end, but Parma still held on for all three points.
Fiorentina picked up a comfortable win on home soil as they put Messina to the sword 2-0, courtesy of strikes from Luca Toni on the stroke of half time and then in the 73rd minute.
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