Serie A round-up
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Juventus are favourites to take the scudetto after a priceless 1-0 victory over Milan at the Giuseppe Meazza.
The only goal of the game arrived after 20 minutes when David Trezeguet headed past Dida, after a brilliant overhead kick from Alessandro Del Piero created the chance.
The second period saw almost intense Milan pressure, but they failed to create much in terms of goalscoring opportunities - although the returning Filippo Inzaghi had a couple of good chances but he could not convert.
With just three games left in Serie A, Milan look to be losing their grasp on the Italian crown as Juve are firm favourites to retake the title.
Internazionale have almost secured third spot following their 2-0 success at Brescia with Nigerian Obafemi Martins grabbing both in the second period.
Udinese and Sampdoria continue to battle it out for fourth spot and they remain level after both secured victory.
Samp, in fourth due to the fact they beat Udinese earlier in the season with the away leg to follow later this month, dispatched of Lecce 3-0.
Amo Diano (23), Vitaly Kutozov (32) and Mark Edusei (87) grabbed the goals for the home side.
Udinese kept up the pressure with a crucial 1-0 success at Lazio with star striker Vincenzo Iaquinta scoring the winner just after the hour mark in the Eternal City.
At the bottom, basement side Atalanta refuse to give up and they defeated seventh placed Messina 2-1 to take themselves to within three points of safety.
Riccardo Zampagna gave Messina the lead just before half time, but Atalanta came out strong and won the game thanks to strikes from Pedro Adriano (48) and Antonio Bernardini (54).
Brescia are now second from bottom after their loss to Inter and Chievo drop into the relegation spots after rivals Fiorentina secured what could be a massive 2-1 win in Verona.
Fabrizio Miccoli (42) and Valeri Bojinov (79) put La Viola ahead before a late goal from Davide Mandelli made for a nervous wait for the full time whistle - but it came and Fiorentina are now out of the bottom three.
Siena put a three-point gap between themselves and the relegation spots after an extraordinary encounter at Livorno saw them win 6-3 - the second time in two weeks the home side have conceded six.
Siena's Stefano Argilli opened the scoring 15 minutes in and Livorno were reduced to ten men soon after when Fabio Galente was dismissed.
Cristiano Lucarelli levelled (35 pen) for the home side, although parity lasted just 60 seconds as Enrico Chiesa pounced for the Tuscan outfit.
Simone Vergassola extended Siena's lead early in the second period before Lucarelli pounced again.
Vergassola scored again and Middlesbrough loanee Massimo Maccarone continued his rich vein of form with a strike on the hour mark to make it 5-2.
Corrado Colombo scored a third for the home side, only for Maccarone to add another nine minutes from time.
Roma are now just four points off the drop zone as Parma bolstered their own survival hopes with a 2-1 victory at the Ennio Tardini.
The Romans went ahead through Antonio Cassano after just four minutes, but late goals in the second period from Domenico Morfeo (62) and Alberto Gilardino (88 pen) secured victory for Parma - who are now level on points with Roma.
Reggina and Bologna battled out a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Orneste Granillo.
Claudio Bellucci had put Bologna ahead after 15 minutes but Ricardo Esteves made sure the home side took a share of the spoils.
The final game saw sixth placed Palermo finally drop out of UEFA Champions League contention as they drew 0-0 at Cagliari.
Click below for match summaries:
Milan 1-0 Juventus
Atalanta 2-1 Messina
Brescia 0-2 Internazionale
Cagliari 0-0 Palermo
Chievo 1-2 Fiorentina
Lazio 0-1 Udinese
Livorno 3-6 Siena
Parma 2-1 Roma
Reggina 1-1 Bologna
Sampdoria 3-0 Lecce