Milan bounce back to retain Serie A lead

Rome, October 26:

Inter Milan routed Livorno 4-1 on Wednesday to move into first place in Serie A.

Inter took the lead with an own-goal by Livorno’s Marc Pfertzel two minutes into the game. A 13th-minute header by Marco Materazzi put Inter up 2-0 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Julio Ricardo Cruz scored in the second half following a goal by Livorno captain Cristiano Lucarelli.

Palermo rallied to beat Messina 2-1 but dropped behind Inter on goal differential. Christian Rigano put Messina in front in the sixth minute before Cristian Zaccardo and David Di Michele rallied Palermo. Inter and Palermo have 18 points each. AS Roma is next with 14 following a 2-2 draw with winless Ascoli.

Roma twice came back from one-goal deficits. Captain Francesco Totti equalized 1-1 and Philippe Mexes tied the game for good in added time. Also, AC Milan beat Chievo Verona 1-0 on Marek Jankulovski’s goal.

Fiorentina won 1-0 at Torino on a 13th-minute goal by Martin Jorgensen. Sampdoria beat Lazio 2-0 with goals by Fabio Quagliarella and Sergio Volpi. Atalanta rallied with two second-half goals to draw 3-3 against Cagliari, with former Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni netting the equalizer in the 69th. Also, Empoli and Udinese drew 1-1, Reggina beat Parma 3-2 on two goals by Nicola Amoruso and Siena drew 1-1 with Catania.


MADRID: Eidur Gudjohnsen scored a pair of second-half goals to give an under-strength Barcelona a 2-1 win at third-division Badalona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Agudo’s 81st-minute equaliser earned third-division Ecija a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid. Antonio Cassano scored for Madrid 14 minutes earlier.

Espanyol required Luis Garcia’s injury-time penalty to draw 1-1 at Rayo Vallecano. Diego Torres converted a 42nd-minute spot-kick for the third-division side. Valencia rallied to a 2-1 win at third-division Racing Portuense.