Juventus, Lazio and Milan storm up the table, leaving Udinese and Bologna
in their customary UEFA Cup spots and Atalanta clinging onto joint second
place. Juventus see off Parma in a dour encounter, Lazio and Milan hammer
their opponents, Vicenza and Lecce respectively. Roma open up a six goal
lead with victory over Udinese.
10 DECEMBER 2000
FIORENTINA 2-0 INTER
Rui Costa 93
Frey made fantastic saves to twice keep out Nuno Gomes. Chiesa headed wide
from a fabulous Rui Costa cross. Sukur and bad defending presented Recoba
with a gift but he stupidly wasted the chance by taking several seconds to
dummy the 'keeper and by the time he shot defenders were back on the line.
Chiesa headed the Viola into the lead at the start of the second half. Nuno
Gomes wasted another great cross from Rui Costa. Vieri equalised with a
spectacular volley but the goal was disallowed for offside. Jugovic hit the
crossbar. Having frustrated Nuno Gomes Frey then set his sights on Rui Costa,
making two more fantastic saves. Rui Costa finally got the better of him
though, rounding the Frenchman and tapping into the net at the second
attempt after Farinos kept out his initial effort with a stunning clearance off
Red Card : Vanoli 88 (Fiorentina)
Assist : Torricelli
ATALANTA 0-0 PERUGIA
Ganz had a shot cleared off the line. Damiano Zenoni saw his effort shave the
post. Rivalta denied Damiano a certain goal with a phenomenal tackle in the
box. Next up for Atalanta, Bologna away. Can you say free fall?
Attendance : 19,000
BARI 2-0 BOLOGNA
Cruz should have given Bologna the lead inside the first 5 minutes but
miss-controlled a cross in front of goal and shot against the crossbar.
Tarantino appeared to clear the ball to safety but Bellavista latched onto
his header and lashed a low volley into the net. From the second half kick
off Andersson picked out Cassano with a great pass, Cassano flicked the ball
inside Bia and tapped into the net. Brilliant goal.
Signori was once again injured. Bologna need better cover than the useless
Attendance : 9,061
Assist : Andersson
Red Card : Lima 88 (Bologna)
JUVENTUS 1-0 PARMA
Birindelli messed up Conceicao's cross leaving Lamouchi with a shot on goal
but he missed the target. Minutes later Paramatti flicked on Del Piero's
corner and Ferrara headed past Buffon. With the exception of a fine block
by Buffon on Trezeguet there wasn't much else of note.
Attendance : 40,000
Assist : Paramatti
MILAN 4-1 LECCE
Leonardo 19 Conticchio 22
Shevchenko 27, 31 (Pen)
Jose Mari 87
Maldini whipped a fantastic cross into the box, Bierhoff missed, Leonardo
didn't, 1-0. Lucarelli headed on Balleri's cross and Conticchio punished
static defended to equalise. Milan went back in front from a corner.
Ambrosini's shot took a deflection off Bierhoff and fell kindly to Shevchenko.
Ambrosini went down in the box, Shevchenko converted the penalty.
Jose Mari added a fourth late on, poking in Leonardo's cross.
Attendance : 45,000
Assists : Maldini, Lucarelli, Bierhoff, Ambrosini, Leonardo
ROMA 2-1 UDINESE
Batistuta 20 Muzzi 44
Batistuta grabbed his 10th goal of the season with a sweetly struck volley
from Tomassi's cross. Turci made a fantastic save to deny Batigol a second
but was helpless when Totti sent a dipping volley into the net. Muzzi gave
Udinese hope with a deflected free kick. Turci made another miracle save
from Batistuta. Lupatelli made a miraculous save of his own from Sosa's
volley. Roma were awarded a penalty for a 'foul' on Totti. He stepped up
and struck the post, Montella and Nakata followed suit.
Attendance : 60,000
Red Card : Alberto 81 (Udinese)
Assists : Tomassi, Cafu
VICENZA 1-4 LAZIO
Kallon 78 Nedved 14, 74
A rare passing move from Lazio opening up the home defence, Lombardo and
Dino Baggio's one touch play was finished brilliantly by Nedved. The
charitable Vicenza defence handed the ball to Nedved, he passed to Crespo
and he couldn't miss. Vicenza wasted several great chances in the second
half. Nedved put them out of their misery with another fine strike from
Simeone's pass. Kallon poked in from close range and Salas tapped in a
rebound after Sterchele blocked Stankovic's shot.
Attendance : 13,000
Assists : Dino Baggio, Nedved, Simeone, Toni
9 DECEMBER 2000
BRESCIA 1-1 NAPOLI
Diana 31 Pecchia 58
Diana played a one two with Baggio on the edge of the box and squeezed a
shot inside the corner. Baggio volleyed against the post. Pecchia equalised
with a speculative effort from distance, Srnicek's positioning was atrocious.
Assists : Baggio, Husain
REGGINA 1-1 VERONA
Stovini 92 Bonazzoli 1
Bonazzoli stole the ball off Morabito who was deep in his own half and fired
past Taibi. Cozza wasted a great chance from a rebound with Ferron on the
deck and Taibi made a great save to deny Colucci what would have been the
killer goal. Marazzina hammered a short against the crossbar from a three
yards out. Stovini punished nervous defending from a free kick to head in the
Assist : ?