Serie A Round-Up
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Rossoneri were frustrated by Perugia in the first half and it took them until 71 minutes to break the deadlock with Rui Costa finally finding the net with a superb free kick.
Milan doubled their lead four minutes later with Andrea Pirlo (pictured) converting from the penalty spot.
Perugia refused to give in and gave themselves hope with former Inter star Salvatore Fresi netting from the spot eight minutes from time after Giuseppe Pancaro was sent off for a professional foul.
Roma moved three points clear of Juventus in second place as they secured a comprehensive 4-0 win in Rome.
French midfielder Olivier Dacourt gave the hosts the lead after 12 minutes, but it was after half time that the game fell apart for Juve.
Frencesco Totti made it 2-0 with a penalty shortly before Paulo Montero was sent off for collecting his second booking in the match.
With Marcelo Lippi's side a man down, Antonio Cassano added two more goals on 69 and 84 to pile on the misery for Juve who see their title challenge slipping away as they are now eight points behind Milan.
Lazio leapfrogged Parma and boosted their European hopes with an impressive win at the Ennio Tardini.
Argentine ace Claudio Lopez fired the visitors in front converting from the penalty spot on 37 minutes and he doubled the lead with his second seven minutes after the restart.
Italian international Bernardo Corradi made the game safe with the third just past the hour mark to cap a good win for the visitors.
Parma's misery was compounded when Paulo Cannavaro was sent off late on after picking up two bookings in the space of a minute.
Ancona are still looking for their first win of the season after going down 2-1 to Modena.
Christian Bucchi gave Ancona a dream start with the opener after just three minutes, but Massimo Marazzina levelled matters on the half hour.
Bucci blotted his copybook getting sent off five minutes before the break to leave Ancona with a mountain to climb.
Modena made their numerical advantage count with Omar Milanetto giving them the lead on 57 minutes.
Cristiano Doni's late penalty earned Sampdoria a 2-2 draw with Internazionale to leave Alberto Zaccheroni's men further behind the pace at the top.
Christian Vieri broke the deadlock for Inter on 32 minutes, but Giacomo Cipriani drew Samp level after 56 minutes.
Vieri seemed to have won the game for Inter with his second on 75 minutes until Doni kept his cool from the spot five minutes from time to secure a share of the spoils.
The only sour note for the home side was when Mirko Conte was dismissed deep into injury time for a second bookable offence.
Empoli boosted their survival hopes with a priceless win over Siena with Tomaso Rocchi netting the only goal of the game on 69 minutes.
Reggina and Brescia grabbed a crucial point in their bid to climb away from trouble with a goalless draw.
Brescia will be happier with the point having been forced to play for nearly an hour with ten men after the sending off of Fabio Petruzzi.
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