Serie A round-up
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sampdoria and Internazionale secured wins on Sunday.Sampdoria and Internazionale secured wins on Sunday to continue their fight for third place.
Inter were made to work hard to get the better of Lecce, while it was a similar story for Sampdoria who were pushed all the way by Chievo.
Roberto Mancini's Inter fell behind early on to an Alex Pinardi goal, but Ivan Cordoba's header had them level at the interval.
The Giuseppe Meazza crowd were growing frustrated when they were awarded a controversial penalty three minutes from time which Adriano duly converted to end his goal drought despite sporting a bandage on his head following a nasty clash.
Andrea Gasbaronni netted the decisive goal that helped Sampdoria break down a spirited Chievo.
Udinese lost ground on Sampdoria and Inter, as they were beaten at home by Bologna - with Igli Tare's early goal proving decisive.
Fiorentina's hopes of avoiding the drop received a major shot in the arm when they got the better of Reggina on Sunday.
Reggina are looking to land a place in Europe, but they had no answer to a spirited display from the Viola who secured the points thanks to second half goals from Giampaolo Pazzini and Fabrizio Miccoli.
Palermo's push for a European berth was derailed slightly as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Livorno.
Palermo have won many fans this term and they were strongly fancied to see off Livorno.
They twice held the lead through a brace of goals from Luca Toni, but Livorno battled bravely and earned a point thanks to goals from Alessandro Lucarelli and Dario Passoni.
Palermo were forced to hang on, as they played the last 30 minutes with ten men as Christian Zaccardo was given his marching orders after picking up two bookings.
Brescia climbed above Siena near the foot of the table when getting the better of their meeting at the Artemio Franchi.
Goals by Luigi Di Biagio and Andrea Caracciolo had Brescia cruising at the interval, but Siena fought back and Enrico Chiesa reduced the arrears on 53 minutes.
Brescia held their nerve and Daniele Mannini put them in command with a goal 16 minutes from time but a late goal from Massimo Maccarone caused a few anxious moments before the final whistle allowed Brescia to celebrate.
Lazio's season of woe continued as they were beaten 1-0 at Messina, with Carmine Coppola's goal just before the break proving decisive.
An amazing game at the Ennio Tardini saw Parma snatch a thrilling 3-2 win over Cagliari.
Parma fell behind to an own goal from Daniele Bonera, but fought back and were in front at the interval thanks to goals from Alberto Gilardino and Cesare Bovo.
Parma had keeper Sebastien Frey sent off 25 minutes from time and looked like paying the price when David Suazo drew Cagliari level in the final minute.
However, there was still time for Parma to go up the other end and snatch the points when Fabio Simplicio popped up with the winning goal.