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Italy: Juve claim winter championship with win

22 December 2005 00:10

TURIN, Dec 21 (SW) - Juventus were given the title of winter champions as they enter the winter break as league leaders although all four of Italy's top teams were victorious on Wednesday.

Juventus - Siena 2-0

Juve maintained their eight-point lead over Inter with a comfortable win at the Stadio Delle Alpi that got started just 13 minutes in as Fabio Cannavaro put the Bianconeri into the lead with a header off a corner kick.

In the 54th minute, in-form Frenchman David Trezeguet struck for the 15th time this season when he captured a ball by Mauro Camoranesi and eluded the goalkeeper before tucking it into the net.

Inter Milan - Empoli 4-1

Inter remained in second with a thrashing of Empoli, who held Fiorentina over the weekend, getting goals from four different players in the victory.

Brazilian forward Adriano pounced on a parried shot by Esteban Cambiasso to score in the third minute, but the crowd at the San Siro were given quite a scare after that.

After clashing heads with Empoli's Andrea Raggi, Adriano lost consciousness for a short period of time, but came to and was then substituted off for Julio Cruz.

It was Cruz himself who extended the lead to 2-0 just before the interval from 20 yards, but Empoli pulled a goal back through Ighli Vannucchi in the 64th minute.

Obafemi Martins regained Inter's two-goal lead two minutes later and Luis Figo five minutes from time secured the victory in emphatic style.

Livorno - AC Milan 0-3

Livorno, who sit in fifth place, had been expected to give third-placed AC Milan a tough test in the match of the day, but the Rossoneri asserted themselves as the better team with a whitewash of their hosts.

On 23 minutes, Alberto Gilardino was put through on goal by Andriy Shevchenko and he tucked past Marco Amelia for a 1-0 lead to the visitors.

The young Italian starlet then doubled the advantage on the hour mark, finishing a brilliant one-two between Clarence Seedorf and Shevchenko. The Ukrainian scored in the 71st on a header from Andrea Pirlo's free kick to punctuate the victory.

Fiorentina - Palermo 1-0

Fiorentina were forced to work for victory over Palermo on Wedensday, but they pulled it out and put five points between themselves and Livorno in the table.

A goal in the 40th minute by Denmark international Martin Jørgensen was all the Tuscan side would get, but fortunately a stern defense kept out all challenges from the Sicilian side and gave Fiorentina three points that could prove crucial in the race for the Champions League places later on.

Roma - Chievo 4-0

Roma pulled themselves closer to the European places with a massive win over sixth-placed Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico.

Francesco Totti put the Giallorossi in front in the 32nd minute with an effort from the penalty spot, then doubled the lead seven minutes later for 2-0.

Lorenzo D'Anna's dismissal in the 53rd minute sent Chievo down to ten men and Roma capitalized, scoring twice more through Simone Perrotta in the 65th minute and Rodrigo Taddei five minutes from time.

Parma - Cagliari 1-0

Parma are hanging just outside the relegation zone, but a victory over Cagliari gave them just their third win in 17 games this season, giving them a positive end to a disappointing start to the season.

Bernardo Corradi's goal in the 23rd minute would prove sufficient to see the home side defeat the Sardinians, although Fabio Simplicio should have made it 2-0 in the 76th minute, but failed to convert from the penalty spot.

Udinese - Sampdoria 2-0

Udinese clawed their way back into the top half of the Serie A table with a nice win over Sampdoria at the Stadio Friuli.

It took until the 73rd minute for the home side to take the lead, but Cristian Zapata's goal did just that and they got insurance courtesy of Marcello Castellini's own goal eight minutes later.

Messina - Reggina 1-1

Messina are also hanging in the relegation places after their home draw with ten-man Reggina.

Arturo Di Napoli put the home side in front on 25 minutes and victory appeared to be certain for the home side when Reggina had Giacomo Tedesco sent off in the 85th minute.

However, Reggina's leading scorer Francesco Cozza stole a point away from Messina with a goal one minute from time, leaving Messina to rue the loss of two points.

Ascoli - Treviso 1-0

Treviso will go into the winter break at the foot of the table after suffering a narrow defeat at the Cino E Lillo Del Luca.

Fabio Quargliarella put Ascoli in front on ten minutes and both seides finished with ten players after Ascoli's Cristiano Del Grosso and Treviso's Andrea Dossena were sent off in the 66th minute.

Lecce - Lazio 0-0

After securing a draw with leaders Juventus over the weekend, Lazio could only play out a goalless draw at struggling Lecce.

The result puts Lazio in ninth and Lecce a point off the bottom of the league standings.

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +27 39
2 16 +17 36
3 16 +9 27
4 16 +8 27
5 16 +8 27
6 16 +6 26
7 16 +7 25
8 16 +8 24
9 16 -2 22
10 16 -4 22
11 16 +2 21
12 16 -4 20
13 16 -5 17
14 16 -6 17
15 16 -9 17
16 16 -7 16
17 16 -10 15
18 16 -8 12
19 16 -17 9
20 16 -20 6

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